sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Figs, raisins, cinnamon and malty caramel aroma. I actually enjoy just smelling this brew. Appearance is dark mahogany brown with a nice cream colored head. Flavor is a cornucopia of rum raisin, a spicy cinnamon alcohol bite on the tip of the tongue with a black cherry, fig body that finishes with a malty sweetness coating the throat. The alcohol seems to be more of a feature of this brew with some esters (like rum) revealed as I sip. I have had this ale several times and have enjoyed each bottle as it seems to fit a variety of moods. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2006
75cl bottle, BB 12/06...not sure how old that makes it, I’ve probably had it for a year. Deep ruby in the light, slight tan head. Aroma of raisins, plums, toffee, rum, brown sugar, cherries. Lighter than expected body, and lighter flavor too. Sweet, w/ brown sugar and something spicy...cinnamin?? maybe just caramel...reminds me of some sort of candy...and it provides the only intrigue in this beer. All the flavor comes in the finish & aftertaste. Hops seem non-existent unless they are what provides that candy spice finish...they sure don’t add any bitterness to speak of. A somewhat boring beer in most regards. Certainly not up to snuff w/ the finest dark Belgain strongs. oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber colour, mediumsized head. Aroma spice, plummy, raisins and some hoppy notes. Flavour is smooth, sweet malts with hints of raisins, plum and some acidicness in the finish. The acidic part is a bit unpleasant, otherwise a nice brew. mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown with a minor white head. The aroma consists of smoke and burnt sugar. The flavour is a mixture of burnt sugar with a dry aftertaste. I simply do not fancy it. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 From bottle. Clear golden brown/orange with a beige head that disapears quickly. Nose is sweet, brown sugar and dates. Alcohol is pronounced in the flavor and nose, but mellows as it warms. Slightly sweet flavors, breadlike, with a touch of tartness in the finish. Maltiness appears after warming. Pretty nice!
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
The aroma is wonderful and complex. It has raisins, brown sugar, grape fruit rollup, molasses, spices, plums, and orange, the appearance is a cloudy dark brown purple and the head is large. The flavor is as complex as the aroma and similar to it. Its sweet, has dark fruit, spices, malt, and it’s got a strong alcohol kick. The palate is smooth and the finish is sweet, fruity, and warming. I was really impressed with this beer. There is nothing to criticize. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottled. pours a clear mahogany color with a light tan head that fades quickly. What an aroma!! Some dark fruits, a little cinnamon candy, sour, maybe some cherries. Wow! Sweet and thick mouth feel. Prunes, more cinnamon candy, cherries, yeast, toffee and a bit of malt. Sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden it only barley jumps in at the finish. This beer is simply fantastic. frankenkitty (2012) - 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 (13796) - 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.