Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Did not enjoy this as much as other Belgian Strongs. I thought it was true to type I found the mustiness off setting. Did not enjoy the fizzy mouth feel,
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Poured clear with the yeast all clinging to the bottle. Fizzy big bubbles in the head settled to a thin layer of foam.
Spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), woody, toffee, chocolate and slightly oxidised (though it was BB2006) aroma.
Light, almost thin body with a corresponding drier, less malty flavour than many big Belgians. This makes a really nice change, however, and works beautifully with the spiciness and dark fruit flavours. A bit too fizzy in the mouth for mine. Somewhat reminiscent of (though not as good as) aged Chimay Bleu, but far superior to fresh Chimay Bleu. Overall great, though I suspect this bottle was a bit oxidised.
RR: Yep, this stuff is the bizness.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice dark brown, with a medium tan head. Absolutely full of flavor of caramel and chocolate. A great aroma also. Pumped to hear the rating is this high.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bottle with cap over a cork. Lots of lime and grapefruit in the bouqet. Same flavors are stepped up on first sip. Kind of like a more polished trois pistoles? Will have to do a sidebyside comparison sometime.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Darkbrown, huge head that mostly lasts. Nose is fruity, aromatic, spicy and smooth. Full and smooth body. Flavor is herbs, some licorice, a bit dry. Nice Belgian overall!
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured a dark amber out of the bottle with a thin, off-white head that crackled as it bubbled. Nose of current, raisen and dark bread. I started drinking this too cold and was initially disappointed. I left it on the counter to warm up and it just bloomed to life. Creamy toffe and butterscotch notes with dark plum, cherry, raisen and some breadiness. Simply delicious.
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, BB 2006 (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Dark copper brown. Brown/beige head, which stays forever. Aroma is fruity, even parfumic: very unique. Taste is leather and malts. Smells better than tastes!
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 Bottled, served in St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. Why would this not be considered the "Grand Cru", as it is the superior of two fairly similar fantastic belgian strong ales. Poured a medium brown with a burgundy shimmer, and a minimal (yet lasting) head. The aroma was strong, with cloves being the distinctive in the nose. The flavor is primarily caramel, with sweetness, tartness and mustiness all perfectly in balance. Smooth finish, with a touch of alcohol kick, but not severe enough to significantly diminish this gem.
Hansen (6878) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, its good, but not that good. Aroma of spices and citrus. Flavor too bitter, not enough malt/bread.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice red/brown ale, tall head, cream good lacing. Plenty of floaties. Smell: Alcohol, citrus, burnt marshmallow, prune, caramel. Taste: sweet, slight chocolate, dry beer. Great beer.