ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Strong alcohol aroma; sweet and rich and not much in the way of a typical Belgian beer aroma. Reminds me in aroma and flavor of Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru. Very large tan head. Lasting. It is so nice to see a head last. Strangely, not much lace. Dark, almost fully opaque, brown body. Leaves some yeast at the bottom of the glass. Very good; better than the Abbaye Des Roc. It is stronger. Sweet, caramel mouthfeel. Very carbonated, warming. A real treat. I can still taste it a day later. Thanks Slikwily for sending this brew. jimhilt (2634) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Pours with a thick, 5-finger plus, light brown head that gradually fades slowly, leaves hardly any lace. Takes 15 minutes just to pour. Dark, brown color. Nose is very sweet and malty. Heavy bodied but light carbonation. Starts sweet, finishes smooth and sweet with just a trace of hops. An excellent Belgian style ale. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle. The ABV is 9.0% now.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Re-rate:Yep,this is a favorite of mine. Earthy,sweet,yeasty....delicious!!! Deep,dark,brown.Red hues. Huge,khaki,head. The slowest pour doesn’t help.Dense and very creamy. Extremely aromatic. Fresh yeast(peppery),dark fruit,bready/sweet malts,in the aroma. The sofest carbonation,and very creamy mouthfeel. Full body. Great bisciut,fruity,malts in the flavors.Slightly yeasty,and medicinal. Finish is bready,fruity with lingering pepper(yeast). Alcohol is pleasent and warming. Was buzzing half way through the bottle. The alcohol sticks out a bit much in the aroma,and that’s about the only complaint.In a blind tasting there would be no doubt this was made in Belgium. Excellent Us made Belgian!! JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 3, 2004
Bottled July '02. Deep brown with a ruby tint. Tall thick head of light tan. Light sheet of lace. Rich and mild aromas of dark berries, toffee, dark toast, light fruit, dark candi and many other subtleties. Rich moderately thick and silky in feel. Flavors follow in line with aromas. I am not detecting the alcohol in this one until 3/4 of the way through and that is a numbing feeling rather than any taste or burning. Simply smooth and eloquent. Thanks slikwily for sending this one my way. Now I have to find another. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Cushiony foam layer. Crimson twilight hue. Warm raisin bran muffin w/a touch of rubbing alcohol aroma. Spicy malt and buttery caramel rum notes. Soft yet chewy. Texture reminiscent of Rochefort 10 and Westy 12...very well-done. Touch of citric acidity rounded out the mouthfeel. Amazing; definitely one to seek out.
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Wonderful yeast aroma with fig all kinds of dried fruit and some candy sugar. Very dark for a Belgian style. Dark brown with nice big tan head that is fully retained. Flavor is reminiscent of the best big Belgians, specifically Westy and Rochefort. Extremely deep flavor with multple layers. Lots of chewiness. This is really amazing brew from Alaska.