lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 This is the best beer so far. Strange hazy warm brown color with thick creamy froth. powerfull sweet nose with touche of gingerbread, caramel, coffee, speculoos, and almondcakes. The taste is on the sweet side and has a complex mix of spices, tropical wood (cigare box) caramel, coffee and x-mas pudding. In the aftertaste also touches dried fruits. Newyear gift from my kids. yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2006 Bottled, drank it at kulminator Antwerp. Dark brown beer with dens creamy head. The aroma is sweet with mild spices, brown sugar, and dark brown chocolate. The taste lets me think of mild spice, brown sugar, liquorice, roasted malts, ripened fruits and raisins. Well balanced carbonation and light alcohol warming. The aftertaste gives me more spices, liquorice and sweetened maltsand some chocolate as well. Very complex for a dark ale. lille (11) - BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2005
Bière brune avec une lueur rougeâtre et une mousse épaisse, crémeuse et très aromatique et fantastique. arome très complexe d’ épices douces, du café, du chocolat, du cognac, des fruits en alcool, des malts, des gâteaux foncés, des herbes et du caramel. Le goût est très doux et très bien équilibré. Arome en outre énorme de malts, des fruits secs, du caramel, des épices, des gâteaux, des biscuits et du café noir. Bière fantastique à boire. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand TastingBugrat (61) - Cph. V, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
Dark auburn, thick tan head, tons of lacing. Nose of sweet caramel; no, beyond caramel, almost like carrot cake with a touch of fragrant hops. This is so good. I’m having a hard time putting the glass down to write, I don’t know how to commit this to paper. MartinT has a good rating, go read his, I’m going to enjoy this.
One of the most complex beers I’ve ever had. Just so much happening in your mouth when drinking it.
harrisoni (19189) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 Bottle 2004 at Kulminator. After taking some recommendations from other RBers, this was the first beer I ordered here. And what a drink. Only my third 5/5. Dark brown/chestnut colour with thick lasting beige head. Dark fruits on the aromas, but quite a fresh creamy nose as well. Beautifully soft in mouth, quite vinuous. Amazing raspberry, black cherry and creamy fruit flavours. Finish has some sourness and sweet fruit, both at the same time. Some dark choc as well. Wonderful. This was built up in my expectations to be good and in fact it was even more stunning than I had anticipated. A brilliant beer.
Re-rate 2005 bottle De Garre. This is as good as it gets. Great vinous feel and flavours. Wonderful and great great fruit. 5/5 kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Lasting pillowy tan head. Tempting aroma of dark sugar, spices, chocolate, figs, raisins and caramel. Flaavour is sweet, yet not cloying. Some wonderful notes of prunes, choc, raisins, caramel, figs and light spice. Celebration in a bottle. Medium, silky smooth body. Such a well balanced, tasty beer. Top class, and very moreish. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
375 ml 2005 bottle special thanks to xproudfoot. Pours a murky brown with a wonderful tan head. Aromas were a lot of molassas, caramel, brownsugar, raisin, anise, dark cherry, and toffee. More of the same in the flavor. Sweeter than the aroma though. Sugar cubes, and some alcohol, but not a lot. I just couldn’t find anything about this beer I didn’t like. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Rating #200, a huge thanks goes to xproudfoot for this 2005 bottle which was an extra in a trade! Pours a dark reddish brown, almost opaque with a fluffy light-yellowish-tan head that has a nice lasting power. Nice champagne-like aroma...crisp, fuity, with some brown sugar, cherry, and rasin. The flavor holds some nice candied cherry elements along with a bit of oak, fig, and a pinch of toasty malt, cocoanut, and warming alcohol. Silky carbonated body, an absolute pleasure over the tounge with a balanced sweetness throuout giving way to a dry boozey-sweet finish. Overall, an amazing beer.
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2006 does not count
Nice beer, absolutely! A very specific taste, sweet licorice and a soft bitterness. Had this in vintages 2004-2005 & 2006 in Big bottle. I prefered the older ones.... But I am happy with everey vintage !