yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2006
Tasted 22/05/2006. A 330ml surprise from Fritha, via RW&S Wellington.
Caramel and toasty malt hit me as I pour. I’m somewhat surprised by the chestnut fluid and pillowy tan head as I was expecting another Belgian blonde. The head flattens, stabilises, and takes on a rocky crystal appearance under the Champagne-like effervescence. Once I get a chance to nose it properly it is all phenolics - plastic, cinnamon - and wood. Bone dry in the mouth, with toasty scotch-like malts, a sourness in the middle and a barrel load of phenolics in th finish. Wood and astringent candy linger, followed by strong herbal notes of liquorice and mint. Light but definitely not watery, and it improves significantly the more it warms and airs. Slight yeast residue on the palate, though most remained in the bottle. Quite different but the phenolics put me off a little. Would be interested to know if they mellow as it ages. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Crimson amber hue into my chalice. Nice bone-white head. Large CO2 bubbles. The aroma is sweet, with a gamey vinous element. The sip, is the same. Sour cherries and candi sugar attack the palate and soon the balsamic vinegar ends it. Light hopping bitters the finish. Very inviting. The malt has a lot a going on. I can see the sweet and sour elements bouncing off each other very well. I would love to have and aged bottle. Christian (13601) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2006
Hazy brown with a bubbly, short lived head. Aromas of dried fruits, malt, wine, some apples and some yeast. Very carbonated. Flavour begins with some rich caramel sweetness, then a grapefruit-like tart bitterness. boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 13, 2006
33cl bottle: Mine poured out a hazy mahogany color, with about no head at all. Pretty strong and nice aroma. Definite raisins, yeast and breadiness. Lesser notes of apple and caramel. really no alcohol other than a faint bit in the background. The texture is lightly syrupy. The taste is somewhat sweet, with caramel and toffe the first you get. some of the fruits come through in the aftertaste. A good sipper, but I don’t think I could drink more than 1. KUEric (975) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Bottle: Wow. Strong stuff. I think too strong for me. Powerful taste. Overpowered me, some smokey bacon, raisins, alcohol, apples, malts, bread dough, acidic. I just didn’t care for it much at all.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a massive foamy tan head that never seems to end. Aroma is insane fruitiness. Insane! Apples, plums, nectarines, vinous malt, citrus notes, and caramelized esters abound. Wow. This smells good. Taste has some sweet notes of toffee, and caramel, but is dominated by the intense bouqet of fruity esters. While they do not taste as good as they smell, there is nothing to complain about. This beer is right on the mark. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lively carbonation and the light wispy character that’s only present in the very best Belgian ales. I did note a minor hint of alcohol, this beer could have benefited from a few additional months of aging. That said, De Dolle is an incredible brewery, and they may have just become my new favorite. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2006
From bottle. Deep garnet pour with huge, foamy tan head. Nose is very doughy, with hints of dark fruits, mostly sweet figs. Flavor is bitter-sweet dark fruits with yeast, with some lingering tartness. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and finish is dry. ganache (5848) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottled. Second exploding bottle this week, actually - lively stuff. Opaque cloudy mahogany pour with nicely lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet cherries. Creamy, silken moutheel. Sweetness is principal, but not dominant - tangy, tart, almost sour. Taste contains lots of malt flavor, and even notes of roasted/smokey malt, nice surprise. Acidic. Dry, long finish. Hops do bite in the end, nice mild bitterness. Complex and enjoyable at length. Classy! Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2006
Pours a nearly opaque reddish brown color with an absolutely masive tan head. Aroma is startling. Strong hints of sour fruit (i mean that in a good way) and maple sweetness. Incredibly complex flavor starts with a strong tangy cherry flavor before fading into a more citrusy finish. Strong warming alcohol finish but not enough to be abrasive. Highly carbonated fizzy mouthfeel. Lingering sour finish. Excellent. Beerdedone (3390) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours murky brown with a light tan head. Aroma of spices, fruit, citrus. Flavor is carbonated, sweet, fruit, sour, yet smooth.