Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Pours murky brown, with decent head that fades fast. Aroma very yeasty sweet malt, some fruit in the background. Initial flavor is all malt that turns to fruit, nuts, and spice, very dry in the finish. Maybe a little too carbonated IMO. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Corked bottle served in my La Chouffe tulip glass:Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Mahogany hue with a small fizzy but lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of walnut and cashew, apple, apricot, fig, caramelized and bready malt, grassy hops, and a hint of pepper. The taste starts with a quick bang of fruit (both sweet and sour) and a surprising bitterness. Get some ole ale character midesection with an oxidized and earthy component which is the weak point for the beer, detected some anise flavor here as well. The finish changes step again with a peppery and sharp finish. The feel is quite lively and sharp. Noticeable warming effect after just a few sips but the taste isn’t alcoholic or overpowering. This is a good brew that shows some depth and character. I would give it another try.
on tap at Pizza Plant transit. Nice deep amber- light brown slightly murky with a good initial head which fades slightly. Aroma is fruity with some raisins, plum, ripe apple, and a good amount of belgian yeast. A lot of malty sweetness throughout the aroma and flavor. Toasted, caramel, and nutty malts. Moderate carbonation and big body lead to a very smooth mouthfeel. Extremely easy to drink. jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
More bitter then some of the other belgian browns. Quicker finish and more alcoholic as well. caramel, chocolate, alcohol, brown, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Pours a murky brown with a thin tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of fruity yeast (fig), spices, and some toffee. Taste of caramel with some toasted nuts, fruitiness is still retained. Alcohol is quite evident, but not overwhelming.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
pours a deep copper w/ a very tall small bubbled white head w/ some decent lacing. Smells of belgian yeast and alcohol a lightly fruity piece and some spice, like thyme mixed w/ cinamon. Palate is solid well coating and has a nice smoothness to it. Flavor is a bit odd, definate belgian yeast some odd tart semi sweet fruits that I couldn’t pull apart no taste of the alcohol and a light spice. OK beer but not that great. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours dark with a fat tan head, good fruit smell, decent fuity flavor, you can taste the alcohol in it, semi smooth, drinkable. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2005
330 ml bottle. From Austin liquors in Shrewbury. Lot F K best before 09.
Good nose, Yeasty fruity, tart cherry or raspberry, fig, lite caramel, seltzer. Hazy orangy brown color, good fluffy beige head that slowly faded to a ring. Bitter flavors, Nice initial chocolate/cocoa flavor that then lets the fruit flavors in, got some orange too. Thick Body, creamy mouthfeel, dry peppery finish. Tasty brew, saw it on Thirsty Traveler, Label calls it a belgian brown ale. Glad I tracked it down footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2005
750ml bottle from kaggie97.Pours a murky dark amber color.Nose is almost all fruity goodness with very little aromatic spice.Taste like a dark fruit beer with none of the complexity that I like in a Belgian Strong Ale. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 Nov 30th 2006 re-rate
Body is murky brown with a two finger thick tan head. Said head is slightly bubbly with a craggy creme brulee surface.
Dusty/earthy hop aroma with some cinnamon and raisin sweetness and sweet bread pudding influenced malt.
Lots of fruit, yeast, dark bread, hot alcohol and mild spice. Tastes like a fruit laden sweet bread...apple baked sweet wheat bread with spice if you will.
Original rating was 4
Had this a few times at Barleyhoppers and then again at new World a few times. Always love to start the night with this. Very sippable and warming with spiced fig and toasted nut flavors and that classic Belgian head.