footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Tap at the Autumn Brew Review.They have aged it in French Oak Barrels for some stupid reason.It still maintained some of the carameland fruit flavors but they were muddled with the Oak and it wasn’t for the better.Not bad at all but ... MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
Clear mahogany, little head. Very dry and fruity, woody, and a bit sweet. Very sticky and creamy. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: Clear rustic red with a densely fluffed cap of light tan foam sitting about half inch thick. Lacing drizzles all sorts of spots across the glass.
Aroma is a bit light but clean of dullish fruity malt inticing some fine pear, cherry, and apple bubble gum candy.
Taste is soothingly sweet with a firm steady flow of dullish candied fruit inspired malts. Caramel infused pears, apples, and a light cherry kool-aid stay present within a very simple creamy medium body. Its overall carbonation is seemingly low so it stays pretty firm with a bit of sticky/chewyness to it. Tidbits of raisin sweetness and molasses tang emerge later as it warms adding some nice little nuances.
When I read the description on the beer menu I wasn’t sure what it would taste like or if I’d even like it. But once I sipped and smiled there was no other place to go but raise an eyebrow and say to myself, " Hmm, this is pretty good." Which it was.
badgerben (5251) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2005
Dark brown/red color with a medium head. Very strong malt aroma with a pinch of nut at the end. The taste is more of the same: strong sweet malt up front with some walnut for a finish. This seemed more like a type of Brown Ale than an Abbey, but still pretty tasty. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Brownish with Light Tints of Red Coloring with Creamy Tan Head. Sweet Malt and Fruit Aroma. First Impression was That it Was Sweet, Lightly Rich and Quite Drinkable. Agreeably Hard to Put it Squarely in the Belgian Category. Sweet Malt, Grapey, Fruity with Some Grains/Hops in There as Well. Tried Two Pints and the Second on a Different Occassion Was Much More Grainy/Hoppy at the Ending and Not as Enjoyable as the First. Overall Should be Nice ,Sweet and Balanced ....a Beer ;)
JK (6240) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
Doesn’t fit very well into any style, does it? The dubbel was a good call. I did get a dubbel taste but only for a few seconds. Sweet aroma, sweet taste. Rich. There is minimal fruit, but the sweetness seems to be from sugar. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2005
A hard brew to pin down, so forgive me if the stylistic designation is off...I’m not sure what exactly makes it in the Belgian mode, some of the malts may hail from there (?), but it doesn’t taste exactly like anything...like a sweeter, lighter abbey dubbel? As it is, the brew was made in honor of bartender Andy’s upcoming daughter Abigail...it’s a beautiful brew, as I’m sure she’ll be a beautiful child. Well, let’s crack this growler and find out for sure (I’ve had 3 or 4 pints at the pub, but can I trust my memory?)
Clear dark crimson color, caramel-y, with a nice layer of creamy foam above.
Sweetness dominate the aroma, malt, rich, fruity a bit, but mostly grain. bright, plums, grapes, cherries...nice. very well-balanced, extremely intelligently put together. Every time I savored one at my stool at the bar, I wondered where it stood among Belgian styles. Well, screw that. Doesn’t fit this or that, who gives a diddly...damned tasty beer, with Belgian ingredients and a nod to that taste.
I can’t shake it...it tastes so nice, it’s not too strong, it’s not too hoppy, not too malty, just about right, for being utterly unclassify-able. I’m sure this beers namesake will be just as sui generis, and just as sweet.