BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2005
750ml bottle thanks to jeffin7: Nice light brown colored body with a large light tan head. Interesting nose that’s fruity, with notes of berries, mint, spicy yeasts, banana, clove, bread, dough, and pear. Hints of fruit & toffee hint initially with some alochol. Then you get notes of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, with some nice phenols and spice notes in there. Before things end you also get some flavors of slightly sour yeast, pepper & doughy malts. Nice depth and complexity here. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
X-large offfwhite head thats long lived with plenty of sticky lace. Fairly clear brown colored brew with a deep gold glow. Nose is fruity, alcohol coming through, spicey, lightly bready. Medium body, creamy texture, nice carbonation level. Dark malts and fruit flavors, hints of bananna, black licorice along with notes of caramel, plums and a touch yeasty. Medium dry lasting finish. Well construced! TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Auburn in color. Finely beaded bubbles beneath a lumpy, spongy meringue. Alluring scents of assorted berries, mint, fennel, and bready malt. Underlying floral hop fragrance and doughy yeast. Lush carbonic texture. Superbly conditioned. Vague toffee breaths allay the early alcoholic sting. Amply full, with isolated pockets of airiness chased by a swift counterpoint of body-strengthening bready malt richness. Vibrant splash of juicy floral hops and soft melon acidity slowly relapses into a vast range of subtleties of vanilla, zippy fennel, spicy yeast, and cedary alcohol. Dry phenolic esters lengthen the dainty level of spice. Deeply-rooted cakey malt and doughy yeast gain foothold by working in tandem to highlight the tongue-tingling esters and sustain the fluffily thick body. Finishes yeastily astringent, yet moistly yeasty, as well, with a sweep of succulent malt accented with fruitcake and bulbously husky pale malt tones. Yeast addition imparts more mint to the aroma and exponentially increases the peppery flavor. Another artful brew from this most skillful brewer. egajdzis (6556) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Hazy copper color with a small greyish head and spotty lacing on the glass. Yeasty, roasty banana and blueberry aroma. Light roast and chocolate, yeast, and tart a cherry taste. Nice round mouthfeel. I can see the resemblance to Chimay Red, though this is much better. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2004
08.14.04 Unlabelled 750 bottle @ HW 5th anniv. Auburn brown color, dark head. Malt showcase on nose with a creaminess. Hints of acidity and milky chocolate malt. This beer instantly reminded me of Chimay Red before I even knew what it was, I wonder if they use the same yeast?
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
darkish color, very nice head...bready, buttery aroma with slight yeastiness. Nice malty flavors..good stuff. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 GABF ’03. Light amber color with tiny head that disappeared even before I could drink the sample. Light fruits and nice belgian yeasts are predominant. Nicely done. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Auburn, very malty nose. Very interesting taste, somewhat sour with a sweet/sugary balance. Nicely dry at the end. Would prefer it a bit richer, but still quite enjoyable. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Little short lived white head, dark reddish copper color. Sweet caramel in both aroma and flavor. Light finish. Pretty decent if not overly complex argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2003
(SCBE2003): Clear copper with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, yeasty, spicy, light fruity. Taste is sweet, raisin, orange, cardemom, caramel. Finishes earthy bitter with slight alcohol. Medium body, though a bit thin.