blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 One of my favorite beers. I’ve had 3 bottles in the past few months and I’ve enjoyed each one... thoroughly. It has a decent smell, and an absolutely great taste. I would recommend this to anyone even if you’re not a belgian person. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Pours deep amber/browm, with a tan head. Aromas are malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and some spice. Flavors are much the same, sweet, then a dry finish. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 BB 9/2006 11.12 oz bottle from Csbosox. Rich butter toffee, rum raisin iced cream, vanilla liqueur (though with little to no alcohol presence) in the nose. Light, well-done, elegant yeastiness is clean. Opaque ruby to tawny port wine colored body, with lighter auburn edges. Big, 2 finger head is very dense and beige colored. Well-retained with huge amounts of lacing. Flavor begins with raisins, prunes, chocolate, bananas and light rum. No alcohol. Caramel and cream as well. The finish does not go bready/astringent like so many high abv Belgian darks, nor is it alcoholic. Yeast is not overdone. A touch light on the mouthfeel, but the carbonation is low, with a slight prickly sensation, not sure if that’s the bubbles or the alcohol. Balance between sweet and dry is near perfect. Almost a perfect palate overall if not for the slight looseness. But ridiculously drinkable and hard to believe it’s 9.5. Lots of fruit lingers; plums, raisins, concord grapes and then some light milk chocolate and anise. Elegant yeast with no breadiness screams that this is distinctly Belgian. . .or maybe that just means it is distinctly high quality? I’m satisfied not to debate the difference. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark, reddish bronze colour with a small, off-white head - surprisingly small actually. Huge bottle sediment. Even the bottleneck is full of yeast although this has been stored upright for quite some time. Aroma of yeast and some notes of overripe fruit - plums I believe. Flavour is sweet’n’sour with some noble rot and notes of caramel and honey and some sweet fruit. Rather vinous with a warming alcohol. Gets better and better as it warms. 280805 ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 In the 1550s Nostradamus predicted I would drink this. He also predicted that some brewery in Belgium would make a beer named after him. Finally, he predicted that this bottle is best before 2009. Sorry. Pours a dark reddish brown body, minimal head. Usual aroma for the style of yeast and spices, but also a strong berry aroma. Finish is the same with a hint of caramel. 9.5% is hidden here well. A little bit of burn at the end, but overall this is a powerful berry flavored Belgian. Great stuff!
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2005
Reddish-tan with small head and lace. Aroma of malt that almost reminds mme of a pale ale. Slight sweetness but mostly just a pleasant smooth mouthfee with nothing strong standing out. The malt is quite well done and not overttaken by other flavours or yeast. temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2005
750ml - Pours a deep amber, medium to large off white head. Really this is standard Belgian beer. Yeast flavor is present, some malty sweetness, some fruits, a little bit of spicey zip. Pretty tasty. The alcohol is practically not even there, a feat at 9.5%. Overall, it’s executed rather well, even if the aroma leaves a bit to be desired. Quite enjoyable, though. AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Pours amber-brown with a head that dissipates very quickly. Can’t pinpoint an exact dark fruit in this one. Figs? Almost... murky. The taste is mildly sweet... cherries starting to come through. Yeasty. Surprisingly, the head disappeared fast, but it’s still quite carbonated. Carbonation almost gets in the way of the palate. Just about perfect alcohol warmth.
Temperature increasing... Bit more peppery, better flavor. But a little more bitter in the aftertaste. It’s a good drink, but when comparing to similarly priced and available beers (for me, $8/bottle), I’ll pass on this one. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours brown with an off white head. Smells of cinnamon, raisins, figs, allspice and nuts. Very tasty with nice big nutty elements as well as some cherries and grapey notes. Great smooth finish. The 9.5% ABV is well masked in this one. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Dark brown/ruby. Vanishing thin, tan head. Big, roasty malt aroma with some licorice and chocolate, also. When I look into the future, I see myself enjoying this beer. Flavor matches the aroma, yeast adds depth, some candi sugar in there, too. Alcohol in the finish and aftertaste, but my prophetic nostrils and taste buds could not detect it until then. Dangerously drinkable. Again I look to the future- this time I see myself finishing this beer way too quickly. Medium/full body- creamy and very smooth with just a touch of carbonation. Excellent. One last prediction- I see this being one of my favorite brown beers.
I dedicate this rating to my grandfather who passed on last night. Let his family and friends celebrate the life he lived with us, and may he carry his love and his honor with him to his next life. I love beer and know he did as well. I see more beer in his future.