arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle #72464 into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful, crystal-clear copper color with a fizzy, somewhat stiff foam head that dissipates into a heavy layer coating the top and a thick film of dried foam on the side. Smells immediately fruity, like nectarines and gummy fruit candies you’d get at a dollar theater, mixed with an undertone of ginger and immitation cinnamon. Also, a hint of what might be diacetyl, and brown sugar. Full, smooth, and luxurious in the mouth, the almost syrupy feel and soft carbonation work perfectly together. The commercial description is right on the money: sugary and biscuity up front like thick wheat germ crackers you’ll sometimes see on cheese plates at fancy events; finish is dry and hoppy in the earthy way British beers are, with distinct impressions of orange peel and spice. Further sips belie a lactic sweetness gliding over everything. Very well done. It may not be as exciting as some other beers or styles, but the craftsmanship is so great. I could drink this every day. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle again courtesy of Degarth. Brown cola body with a small off white head. Some staying power and sparse lacing. Fusel heat, fruity esters, toasted malts, caramel and molasses on the nose. Alcohol heat disappears in the flavor profile, leaving behind sweet fruits and malts and a pleasing spiciness. Really nice balance between all of the varying components. Medium-full bodied, rounded and smooth palate. Super long finish, sweet fruit and molasses throughout. Great beer. Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Braun, amber. Nase: Wahnsinn. Likör, tonnenschwere getrocknete Rosinen, Datteln, Nüsse, Karamell. Am Gaumen Likör, Früchtge, Datteln, Walnusshaut, dunkler Zucker. Cremig, süßlich, leicht alkoholisch. Wahnsinn. wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle #77973. Deep brown with only a slight head. Caramel, brown sugar, and bread aromas. Flavor is thick and strongly sweet with a slight bitterness in the back. Toffee, nuts, chocolate syrup, and spices make this outstanding brew. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 500 ml bottle, shared with StompBrockmore at a festive event - pours a clear orangey hue with a nice white head. Really fruity aroma, some malt, and a surprising amount of alcohol. Again, the alcohol in the mouth is surprising, but it goes well with an array of other flavours present - plum, cinnamon, broen sugar, and some nice English hops. A very nice malt balance as well. Almost tasted like a spirit rather than a beer, partially because of the warm alcohol, and partially because it carried an oakiness in the aroma and in the middle of the palate. As it stands, it still tastes fairly young, but it will age very nicely, I’m sure. I will surely rerate this in a few years, assuming I still have some of this vintage left. Grand.
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Must claim that this brer is alnmost equavelent to their previous ones. Outstandding color. Not disappointed by tatse. Tastes as good as is to looks. Crisp , clear, smoot, perfect finish. Drank this with my buddy Tom on a year end review toasting! jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle #77392 51F Trappist. Sweet aroma, light hops, reminds me of a light brandy. Very clear amber color, with a thin head. Very large taste, still quite young in the bottle with definate room to mellow and blend. Sweet prunes, dark fruit definately dominate this brew, light to bitter hops dominate, alcohol notes are present but not substantial. This brew is definately growing on my taste buds, very nicely done, great body structure. Based on appearances I was expecting something lighter, but the taste is quite reminiscent of a big belgian. Gonna pick up another bottle to celler for a few years and give it a try later. Very well donel, bloody brewers at fullers strike again. Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some hops. A bit alcoholic flavour with hops & caramel. BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Sampled at the Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival in Georgia on 10/18/08. Amber in color. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor was dominated by caramel and malt. Sweet with notes of dark fruit and some slight hop bitterness. Very nice. Probably my favorite of the fesitval.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle from regional. Pours a reddish orange, thin tan head.
Aroma has some vodka-like alcohol, overridden by a caramelly malt, a hint of orange rind, marmite, bready maly.
Flavour is somewhat bitter, mainly from alcohol. Some earthy hop, very nice full body. I find a strong orange rind flavour, a hint of spice. Finish is quit bitter, alcoholic, warm.
A subtle beer, with strong flavours.