jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005 DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, at Flossmoor. A deep a cloudy brown with highlights of ruby at the edges. Slightly sweet malty smell. Taste is of molasses with a bit of rum to it, and Matt says that indeed there is molasses in it to kick up the gravity. This is just a few months old and thus hasn’t really built up much mellowing and character. Matt says he used Wyeast Abbey Ale yeast, but beyond that didn’t have access to the open fermenting and bottle conditioning most of us expect from our Belgians. So what’s left for now is a decent strong beer, between a dubel and a bock, that needs some time to itself.
Had this on tap at the Maple Tree Inn in Blue Island. Mostly a copper, tan color. The nose had sweet, paper bag, sugar cookie, and dough aromas. The taste was pretty much the same. A little more tart in the finish. Some alcohol notes. Not very round, a bit thin. Still, there were some definite fun things about this. It came served in a pint glass. I didn’t like that so much, which doesn’t really have much to do wtih the beer exactly, but still. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Pours mildly cloudy brown with a whispy off-white head. Very figgy Christmas aromas; cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, oranges, and much more. Flavor is well aged, rummy sweet, and slightly sour (Somewhat rodenbach-like except a little more reserved). Med-heavy, could be lightened up with some invert or demerrara. Very full finish that is boozy and warming. Not really to style at all but enjoyable all the same. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2005
On tap: Pours a coppery brown hue with a small creamy tan head and good lacing. The aroma has notes of belgian sugar, carmel and bready malts, floral hops, corriander, plum, and spicy yeast. The taste starts semi-sweet with lots of malt and sugary goodness topped by a moderate pepper and lightly bitter finish. A touch of fruit notes (ripen plum and banana) accent the flavors. The feel is a bit rough around the edges, alcohol is noticeable and dry leafy finish. A good beer, something I would to have seen aged and mellowed. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Translucent caramel brown in color with a tan creamy head, which looks like it has been dashed with pepper. Aroma is toffee, pecans and semi-sweet chocolate chips, with some pepper and nutmeg. Feels creamy and dry. Chocolate and toffee flavor, like a liquid Heath bar. Nutty finish, with a tobacco leaf aftertaste. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
A dense, hazy auburn with a cream-colored ring, this dubbel held mildly sour aromas of banana, alcohol and rye. Bitter to start, sour to end and very smooth all the way through, with a nice warming quality in the finish. Went very well with the thunderstorm outside.
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2005
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Out of growler poured a nice tan head. Light lacing ,coffee looking beer.Caramel, coffee ,slight sweet nose.Caramel sweet taste a bit malty with a dry yeast finish. My favorite of the three belgians here right now. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Pretty good stuff. Growler was shared at the Three Floyds Dark Lord event. Dark brown with almost no head. Sweetness in the nose. Some spice. A little coffee hint. Robust in the mouth. Flavor was malty, spicy, sweet. An interesting drink. Not bad at all. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
nice thick brown color, no head. nutty aroma, with heavy coffee undertones. very reminicent of oily coffeee. htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 poors dark orange/brown with a khaki head into Flossmoor goblet. belgian candi aroma, very sweet. Thick in mouth like all flossmoor beers. Hops and alcohol taste. As the beer warms, subtle spiciness and maltiness begin to appear. My 2-hour-old growler tasted MUCH better than my pint at the brewery... They pour it a little cold. Solid addition to Matt’s growing stable of Belgians! Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2005
Nice hazy brown color. The aroma had some kick to the nose which made me want to taste it even more. Sugar filled sweetness with a nice hop and malt combination. More of a fall or winter beer, but it was a nice beer to have in the lighter beer months.