SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours a slightly transparent brown with a light tan foamy head. Head dissipates to leave a tan ring around the top of the beer. Nose is cherries, raspberries, slight alcohol, some light sour and tart notes. Palate is lightly tart with a small bit of alcohol warming in the finish, a slight dry aftertaste in the back of the throat. The taste is cherries and raspberries, nice and tart. Yeast is present, as is a bit of alcohol, however it is a very nice alcohol, no cringing or regrets here. My palate is tingling with happiness and my throat is craving some more, but also possibly some water due to a very very dry feeling. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2005
BCTC. Pours a hazy dark brown body with a beige head. Aroma is spices, apples, and brown sugar. Flavors are sweet malts, brown sugar, yeast, spices, and some darker fruits. Very tasty. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Quite spicy with candy sugar and alcoholic notes. Really mirky brown, with a large head that faded quickly. Tastes life fruit cake with lots of spicy yeast character. Goes down kindof harsh with carbonation and alcohol. I thought it was a nice drink, but it needs to condition. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
poured a super murky dark brown with a huge light brown head.aromas of spice,and lots of malt.first sip brings on a blast of flavor.apple cider,malts,nutmeg,cumin,seltzer water,and brewers yeast all gifted my tounge.this is very complex and hides the alcohol pretty well. mmhnto (31) - Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
On draft at the Map Room in Chicago, IL. In fact, I’m writing this review as I’m drinking it in the bar. Sharp, spicy aroma which improves as the beer warms. Color is a deep ruby with a little haze. Warming alcohol with some ripe fruit and carmel notes. Carbonation is a bit harsh on the palate. This is a beer which need to lay down for a few month (or years). Overall, very pleasant beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Spice, malt and spun sugar aroma. There is more there too, but I can’t find the right descriptor. Pours a slightly reddish brown with a frothy head. Alcohol and sugars, caramel, spice and fruit. There is a smell and taste here I can’t peg. Unusual tasting beer. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Back room find at Chucks in Chagrin Falls. The cap had some yeast stains on it, and some around the inside neck, so I suspect it was stored on its side for some time. Pour is a nice dark red/brown with a thick head on top. The aroma is strong and bready, similar to good ol St Bernardus, but more chocolate and roast is present here. The is also slightly detected fruits smells, orange and fig. First impression from the first drink is that the palate is too watery and doesnt cling to my mouth at all. However it does reward with a good sugarish roasted aftertaste. Quite a good overall balanced flavor and the mouthfeel got better for me as it went on. This beer was a very nice suprise. MiP (15981) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
Bottle. Sweet, cloying aroma. Hint of metal, perhaps some dried fruit. Brown colour, unstable head. VERY sweet, sugary flavour. Feels quite alcoholic in spite of its 7.5%. Warming. Some liquorice in flavour. sunevdj (4137) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Pours nutty brown with an off-white head. Sweet with a bitter, dry finish. Very full beer with flavors of pear, english liquirish and caramel. HansVC (6) - BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2005 does not count
NAT & STRAF version: Dark brown with a foamy, off-white head. Sweet with a low bitter- and sourness. Mellow aromas of dark fruits, alcohol and yeast with a hint of fudge. Doesn´t seem like a Belgian strong ale. Too sour lacks complexity.... numbers based on an average of the two.
caramel, chocolate, nuts, resin, spruce, herbs, leather, alcohol, banana, vanilla,