drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red (some may say "majestic") with a creamy head, large chunks of yeast are everywhere. This is surely a malt bomb, but there is actually a stronger yeast presence than I anticipated: big aroma of estery apple, banana, some currant. The malt swells up with a very mellow sweetness giving the yeast a taffee characteristic. Some roastiness here, a touch woody, but nothing burnt tasting. Definitely a strong beer that is not lacking in flavor.
DocLock (8602) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours turbid dark copper/ruby edged, with a gigantic tan head. Complex aroma of malt, dark fruit, honey, cabernet. Tastes very malty, fruity, with a solid honey component at the start giving rise to a dry fruity finish. Increasing fruit and caramel components emerged as it warmed.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW!!! This is quite possibly the best tasting beverage that I have ever put in my mouth. The aroma is very sweet smelling and the taste is truly wonderful. Has a nice fruityness to it. Truly a wonderful brew and I WANT MORE.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
High light brown head on a brown body. The aroma is fruity. The flavour is spicy yet fruity with a dry hoppy after taste. A pleasure to drink, a worthy representative of the Belgian beer-brewing art.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draught at TheCriterion in Leicester on the 22nd Jan 2005 Rate Beer Pub Crawl
Deep brown colour.
A taste a bit like old Dr Pepper. Very Fruity smell & taste. Quite fizzy. Pleasent but a bit strong tasting to drink much, expencive too...
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is nearly the same as Westmalle Dubbel. There is 2% more alcohol, aroma of sweet fruits instead of brown sugar, and a bit hoppier taste with this beer. Poured in Corsendonk tulip glass, medium brown liquid, large beige head dissipates slowly. Large, plump yeasties to float, then to sink. Aroma is terrific, reminds me of Westy 12, fruity and sweet. Looks great and is easy to drink; alcohol content is masked completely. Tastes good, maybe somewhat spicy at first, but has a somewhat dry finish with hops, not just deducting one point off the flavor, but two. Overall, not a bad beer at all. 33cl bottle, direct from Belgium, no government warning, some numbers along the right side of the label, but none seemed to be marked in any manner. No other dates indicated. Sampled while chilled up to room temperature.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2004, in somebody’s hotel room. An enjoyable Belgian Strong. Malt from the beginning of the pour to the last sip. The cherry, apricot and chocolate flavors swam beneath the bready malt that fills the mouth. Finish is smooth.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aroma of apricots and plums, some bread. Thick creamy, velvet head. Flavor was full of fruits like apricots, maybe apples, that were awashed in a light medley of spices and bitterness. All the different fruit flavors ebbed in and out. Very complex, fruity tastes. finishes much the same. Outstanding. This is truly an above par belgian.
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle, imported from belgium via suitcase. hazy purpleish colo, with tan head. complex aromas of malt, chcolate, dark fruits, orange, red grapes, caromel,and wood smoke. flavors are like chocolate fondue with a plethora of fruits. orange, plum, peach, grape and apple. fruit liquor flavors sublty balanced with hop bitterness. very meaty beer. some roast malt bitterness and smoke. awsome beer. belgians amaze me with the balance they get with their beers
hotstuff (4413) - Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Marked best before end of 2007. A lot of sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Poured a huge ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, carbonated, cloudy, yeasty, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was wonderful-malty, caramel, sweet, and some fruityness. The flavor was rich and extremely delicious-sweet, malty, caramel, somewhat dry, and vinous but not overly so. Tingly mouthfeel. All-in-all extremely quaffable and a great beer to enjoy on a Friday evening. If you enjoy a good BSA, this is a must try IMMHO. I hope to have this one again sometime soon.