Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club, courtesy of Andy. Thanks. Sampled side by side with Scaldis Noel, which I liked quite a bit more. Lots of grass, hay, and wheat notes on the nose meet up with more of the same on the palate. Combines with vanilla and toasty oak from the wood, and green apple and carmelized sugar. Complex, but not overwhelming. Maybe a few more years of age and this will all end up well. bigbeersrule (113) - USA - DEC 28, 2005
I shared a bottle of this with a friend the other day after reading some good reviews of it to celebrate Xmas. At $40 a bottle it isn’t one to drink all the time. The beer had all the Belgian character that I expected. I was a little surprised that more of the oak didn’t come through in the flavor but still I imagine it was like stepping back into the past as this was made the way Belgian beers were made long ago before stainless steel tanks were around. That was my biggest knock on the beer since I wanted more oak barrel flavor. The beer was a medium brown color with some faint red hues. Aroma was characteristically Belgian. Taste was smooth. We let the bottle warm up but probably not enough because the last few sips we had that had warmed up even more really made the great flavor stand out. Bought a second bottle for New Years eve and am really looking forward to it..
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2005
Hazy orangey-amber with a huge off-white head. A lot of vanilla aroma with some nuttiness underneath. Vanilla and port flavours, warming alcohol, good bitterness, ending dry. Full-bodied. Expensive and exclusive- to be drunk with respect. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
(super thanks to robertsreality for hooking this up.bottle shared with friends on christmas eve)i poped the cork on the bottle and dumped a bit into my new old rasputin tulip glass.the appearance was golden brown and had a nice thick white head that left huge webbing when it sat.the aroma was a wonderful mix of oak,vanilla,whiskey,and champagne.i took the first sip and recieved a rush oak.the oak was followe by vanilla,whiskey,belgian yeast,apple juice,and tiny bit of hops.the alcohol was well hidden,the mouthfeel was nice and full and the palate was exceptional.this is definatly a celebration beer so i picked the perfect night to open it. diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival 2005, Essen, Belgium
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Murky body. Off-white fizzy head. Very subtle aroma of oranges, sweat, ... Moderately bitter initial flavour, lightly bitter (long-lasting) finish. Overfully bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Heavily alcoholic. There is a good balance within the flavour, but there’s just too much alcohol. If you could forget about the alcohol, it is a very refined beer.
Earlier Rating: 10/16/2005 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle at RBG Low Countries 2005 Creamy, off-white head. Good lace. Amber-orange body. Nose of caramel, flowers, apple, liquor, ... Moderately sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter (averagily long) finish. It hides it"s 13% ABV, I’d guess it was about 9% ABV.
Bottle. I enjoyed this on Christmas Eve 2005 with my family. I have never spent this much for a beer before ($39), but I figured this was the right occassion. Before this fine bottle I had a bit of Talasker Distillers Edition 1992 single malt scotch, and my palate was appropriately guaged for this beer. It had a leather, wood, oily, light fruit, lemon, orange and earthy peat and oak wood aroma and flavor. Surprisingly smooth and velvety. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2005
I have to be careful about rating some of these strong belgian beers, I get to excited about their rich aromas and taste, that I rate them too high, with no where to go higher. This was one sxceptional ale. Almost in a class by itself. Alcohol was dominant thru out the nose and taste, but well balanced with rum aromas and woody bourbon tastes. Again its difficult for me to describe the complex flavors. However these tastes held true down to the last drop. I will not ever forget this beer. Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
Thanks to Tim (Diabel) for ordering this at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen, Belgium! Cloudy brown-orange coloured beer with a white soapy head. Cognac-like nose, pretty sweet and notes of wood. Very alcoholic taste, not only at the end, but from the start. otes of wood, vanilla, almond. Very, very fizzy, ruins the whole palate. I’m sure this is a nice after-dinner-drink, but it is not totally my thing. Actually, I was quite disappointed. HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Thanks to Dan & Joelle (Dewbrewer) for sharing this one. It pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head and some lacing. The nose is of vanilla, wood and malt. The flavor is the same with a lot of wood and vanilla with some malt but no hops to speak of. . It could be more balance in this one but it is still a great beer. It almost wine like. Get some if you can. TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle at Aaron and Kathy’s Holiday/YeHa Party on 12-3-05. Courtesy of me. Murky gold color with a small white head. Nose is bourbon with lots of alcohol. Vanilla, wood, butterscotch and rum-soaked fruits help round out the aroma. Taste is big alcohol notes, dark fruits, melon, candy sugar, sweet malts, honey butter, caramel, light flowery notes, and light brown sugar. Leaning towards being thin bodied but has a nice alcohol warmth and mild carbonation. Finishes with more alcohol, light brown sugar, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, bourbon notes and dark fruitiness. A bit unbalanced at times, but still tasty.