MOboy (510) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2002
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Initial rating 2003: Great googley moogley this is good stuff. Can you say Granny Smith? Nice transparent orange color. This is a very complex beer, and it sure is enjoyable and I guess that is all that really counts. The best offering so far from this brewery 3.8
Rerate 4/9/11. Attractive orange beer with a tightly beaded foam. Yeast, apricot, and orange in the nose. Alcohol, yeast and breadiness comprises the flavor and a mouth filling effervescence helps this stay fairly light. I must say, I really miss the sourness from the old batches and it really affects the rating. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Scrumpy-like apple funkiness, with wooden inclinations, permeate this strong ale’s doughy yeast and sugary feel...Alcohol imposes its presence amidst the fluffy carbonation and sugary lengths...A stairway to airways high above...Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Sometimes though, carbonation disappears, aroma is of unfinished pie, with flour, sweet fruit jelly and all...Flavors are very sweet (maple syrup, mead, canned fruit) but do not blend well with the alcohol bite in the end...Apparently, effervescence is necessary to marry its constituents...Rating above is an average of both experiences...
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 2013 bottle from Olbutikken, Copenhagen. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow to light amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of honey, Juicy Fruit gum, dried mango, banana, dried pineapple, alcohol, pepper, mint.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Been a long long time since I’ve seen a fresh bottle of this, but wow, Kris still has his game on for some of his line up (whereas some like Oerbier and the Export Stout are always infected or dull). This and the Dulle Teve and Arabier are all still quite nice, and this is the best of the three. Candyish but ridiculously complex and attractive...tons of tropical fruits, just insane. Surprisingly balanced in the mouth...I’m used to this being too syrupy sweet in years past, but the finish on this batch is surprisingly crisp and bitter. Quite boozy but tolerable thanks to the rich body. One of the best barleywines out there...and that from a guy that tends to hate barleywines...I certainly never crave sweet boozy beers like this, but if forced to choose one, this might be #1 in the list. gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2002
I've had 'regular' and vintage (96) and have found to be very tasty! Nice flavor, spices and aromas. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Deep,dark,hazy golden/orange. Explosive head and sticky lace. Yeasty,sour aroma with hints of malt,caramel,corriander, and others. This is very unique. Medium to thick bodied,creamy with lots of carb. Starts off sour then turns very caramelly sweet, then yeasty sharp again, finishing with tons of caramel apple sweetness. Nice interplay between sweet and sour but the sweetness is too much for me.
jerohen (2379) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Bottled in 1996, sampled in 2005. I tried this one a few years ago and wasn’t really impressed. But this aged sample really changed my opinion. Superb smooth flavour, very complex. Still, i’d like to try a fresh sample again to compare. DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2002
Merry Christmas. Fall is in the August air today, so, why not? As always De Dolle creates a beer worthy of examination. Beautiful, almost iridescent orange color w. a small (by De Dolle standards), creamy head. Delicately carbonated w. a few streams of fine bubbles rising lesiurely to the top of the glass. Packed w. malt aromas. Also, oak, or other seasoning wood, and cherries. The beer is simultaneously a near syrupy-sweet liqueur and a crisply tart red ale. Extremely full mouthfeel with spicy cherry-chocolate flavors dominating. Finishes sweet, but clean and woody. I don't think there are any hops in this, with sourness replacing bitterness as a finisher. Nice beer. fraternie (1030) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 Cloudy golden body, large frothy head, great retention. Spicy citrus/apple aroma. Spicy and sweet malt body, notes of cinnamon apples, honey, candy sugar. Soft mouthfeel, some citrus notes and hints of nutmeg. Very smooth finish for the abv, some sourness, maybe a bit sugary but overall a great brew. duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 Very tasty Belgian. Sweet marmalade, apricot nose, lots of yeast in the aroma aswell. Unmistakable yeasty Belgian nose. Sweet palate, almost like a dessert wine, bit of a citric acidity in there aswell towards the end, lots of flavour, and unique. Liked it the second time i had it a little better than the first. Soft yet assertive at the same time, lovely. OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2002
Slightly hazy orange brown with sub-mm yeast flecks. Large mid-tan lasting head with some light ring like lacing on glass. Awsome rum eggnog tasting foam - best tasting head on any beer I've rated. Other aromas include, spices, muscat raisins, plums and something that reminds me of the tangy substance used in instant chicken noodle soup! Medium bodied with a smooth sweet palate but not too cloying and balanced with enough bitter to make it interesting. The alcohol comes through imediately and quickly warms the edges of the ears but, hey, this is a festive beer so what do you expect. Other flavours also along the line of festive spirits including, rum and raisin, vintage port wine, burnt sugar and dried apples. The body is medium and the finish is mainly alcohol and sweet lingering alcohol. I love this stuff. It's not for every day drinking but as a festive drink I think it's outstanding! My uncle Bob would definitely quaff himself under the table at Christmas (or anytime really) on this one if I let him.