bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spice, apricots, chocolate, caramel, alcohol all this and more in my first belgian strong ale, takes a little getting used to but I am sure I will get to like the style.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was expecting to be swept off my feet with this world class rated beer, but I never really began to hover? ** The appearance is a deep controlled burgundy, with an initial off white fizzy head, however a few minuets later, I was stunned to find no indication of lacing at all. The Abbaye des Rocs had a rich toasty malt flavor, very acidic, like a cabernet wine, also, yeasty, something reminded me of an aged brandy. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable throughout the drinking experience, and I was picking up on some fruity notes like apricots. The finish was dry, reminiscent of brute champagne, a fine beer but not one that swept me away and sent me to Oz.
Jayb0 (984) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red, foamy, lingering head. Aroma is perfumy and spicy, cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla. Creamy, sweet and malty in the mouth, great mix of fruit and caramel, sour underpinnings layered with a firm sweetness. Finishes soft with no off flavors. Alcohol is surprisingly subtle. Great beer.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby-dark and rich. Intense aromas of wood, fruity sweetness and a slight tobacco note. The woodiness continues into the flavor, which is mostly sweet and malty, and bursting with fruit: cherries, raspberries and a little citrus, with flashes of warming alcohol. Long-developing finish, with tangy hops balancing the delicious fruitness. A great slow-sipping beer.
bierkoning (9836) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has anis, orange and peach. Fairly hopbitter and very fruity flavor. In fact lots of tropical fruit, anis and vanilla. Some tartness. The alcohol can be noticed, but is not too apparent. Lovely, high quality beer that will probably suit most beer drinkers.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish amber color, Rich sweet aroma, Lots of sweet fruit tastes with a chocolate taste. I think this is a little more bitter then the Grand Cru.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma of citrus and alcohol. Looks like butterscotch. sweet at first, but then bitterness appears around tongue. I wasn't used to strong ales being this hopped. Good, but I've had better.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE head on this bad boy...a light beige/orange hue. Aroma was of yeast and gingerbread....very welcoming! Flavor wasnt as complex as I was expecting, just sweet grapes and berries with a nice yeastiness....more alcohol came out as it warmed. A very smooth finish. This is a world class beer, well made, well balanced, this beer defines the style.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, at long last. Reminds me somewhat of Orval. HIGHLY yeasty, which compliments a large palate of fruits, most notably grapes, cherries, and a tad bit of citric flavor. Apart from this, I get lots of caramel and a bit of chocolate. Maybe some wheatiness as well, but it could be my imagination as there is so much going on here! A hair too acidic in the nose that doesn't get reflected in the flavor. Nicety.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful. Long lasting, dense, light brown head. Unclear red-brown colour. Great aroma; rum, fruit (raisins), spices (ginger, liqourice, coriander), christmas! Soft, medium to full palate. Taste is sweet with a long bitter(liqourice-like)-dry finish