frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Re-rate 02/13/06: (My mind is failing as I took some detailed notes on this last night... forgetting that I rated it at Christmas-time.) Poured a deep, honey/mahogany in color (gorgeously "wooden") with a fizz-away head and fine, particulate suspended without the aid of effervescence (although the end of the bottle will not even let light penetrate). Caramel shows in the aroma with alcohol, cherry and banana. Rich, heady malts that let you know that it will do you in. Flavor is strong & fruity with gritty, caramel malts and a palate that lifts the flavor into fluffiness to dissipate quickly in a finish that leaves only a sour shadow. A step above a "Belgian Brown", this was enjoyable but not top-of-the-line. Rating adjustment +2jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Poured a honey-hazed mahogany with a giant, slow-subsiding, large-bubbled head. Aroma is sourly vinous with cherry, concord grape, light funk, acetone and musty, stale caramel. Flavour started terribly sour and earthy but Blegian sugar sweetens it up later. Harshly warm and overall vinous with malts. Good, but the best thing about this beer was getting a positive reaction on it from my sister, who is a wine drinker.
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Pours a huge fizzy tan head that shrinks quickly, but stays put as a thin rind until the end. Very appealing deep red color, with a slight haze. Strong sour apples right away with some cinnamon and citrus. Unexpectedly bitter, and dry for a Holiday beer. Some stray maltiness late. Complex and enjoyable. Lubiere (14150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Red copper ale with no head. Sweet spicey malt aroma with corinader and orange peels. In mouth, smooth coriander and cloves comme out, with alcohol warmth. Rich and smooth. Enjoyed at YEHa!05 Christmas Party on Dec. 17th, 2005.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2006 Robe auburn très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes d’alcool, de chocolat et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de levure, de malt, de chocolat, de miel et de caramel Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle: Pours a dark orange color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is pretty good, with dark fruit, caramel and a touch of spice. The flavors lived up to the nose, and the alcohol is hidden well. It’s certainly worth trying!
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Medim red orange color. Medium lfuffy head on top that leaves some nice legs on the glass. As it warms up it releases a celery, yeast and malt nose. Some almond in the taste otherwise dark berries. Rolls over and over again from sweet to acidic. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Sep 06). Malt, dark fruit and spicy yeast. Sweet with light sour acidity hinting at berries. In comparison to the Reinaert Grand Cru I had before this, this seemed somehow flawed but had such a cheeky lively demeanour that I couldnt help liking it more. pivo (2688) - GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
Doughy cookie-like nose with a light spice tinge and an alcohol component already. Murky ruddy brown color with a frothy head. Raisin tones, toffee, yeast underlies all. Gritty spice end in the ides of the mouth that turns sweet again. Get a little more acidic as the glass warms. Chewy body, heavy overall. Quite good. jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle. Aroma of cherry and prunes/plum. Red brown colour hazy colour and a quickly disappering head. Good complex belgian flavour and nice alcoholic taste in the end. Good smooth sticky texture. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Pours reddish brown with sultry tan head. Nose is very fruity, plummy, figgy and a slight note of malt. Flavor has sweet, malty, bananna, molassess, brown sugar and mild spicyness. Finishes a bit sticky.