BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shame on me for neglecting my Belgian ales....boy was this a good one to get me back on the wagon. Light reddish brown pour with a rich head. One of the best aromas I’ve experienced in some time-plum, fruity hops, alcohol, mandarin orange, light cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth and the flavor fills the mouth showing it’s alcohol, sweet pale malts, pear, peach - sweet, fruity, long flavours. Very, very nice.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured light red/burgundy with a with a creamy off-white head that never completely dissipated. Aroma is apples, grapes, and cinamon. Taste is of smooth sweetness, grapes, and pears with a dry finish. A truly world-class belgian.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby amber color with lots of big yeasty chunks. lots of fizz in the body. creamy medium size head that is light tan/off-white. short lasting with a short dense layer of lacing. aroma is candi sugar, caramel, raisin, pear, light yeast & lightly toasted malt. very faint alcohol aroma, like an aged whiskey. flavor is lightly dry and sweet, starts a little doughy/bready and hoppy, then is sweet like caramel/toffee, pear, slight banana, and dark cherry/raisin. creamy mouthfeel and very fizzy. clean alcohol finish.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great fruity sweet smell, lots of good malts, pours a brown color, a shit load of yeast too, interesting hops, kinda bitter and sour, very smooth and tangy, has a huge foamy head, you can only get one good glass out of a champagne bottle the rest is full of globs of yeast.
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large light yellow colored head that bubbles down quickly to a medium size. A rosy red and brown color that is fairly clear. Aroma has pears, nutmeg and honey. Also some deep earthy musty malts that come out as it warms a little. The taste has an orgasmic blend of dry oaky notes and some cobwebs. Also just a hint of sweet pears and apricots. Slightly fruity, but more dry. A slight vinous character that makes this a pleasure to keep drinking. Keeps getting drier going through the glass and it picks up some molasses hints. This complex brew is great in mouthfeel with a little carbonation and a medium body.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a tall off-white head, smooth with thick lacing. There was so much sediment in this bottle, we poured three glasses, the first was crystal clear transparent, the second looked like a westy 12, and the third looked like a mud puddle. I’ll rate on the first glass like people do with dark lord. Lots of spicy hops in the aroma with a sweet dark fruit and almost woody smell to it. Taste is very dry, light spiciness throughout. Caramel apple start with a well balanced smooth taste. Lots of complex malts and very crisp hops.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Very complex beer. It was tough to get used to. The taste is very sweet with raisin and malt being the most dominate characteristics. Great, but a bit too sweet. The aroma is a bit sweet also, but nice. Good spices in the aroma. I will rate this for now. However due to the complexity, I need to try it again.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Deep clear red with a lasting off white head. Sweet raisiny, fruity,spicy taste that hides the alcohol well. One great beer worthy of its 100 score.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark red and a little cloudy, has a huge thick and creamy head. Aroma is sweet with notes of suger, toffee and dark fruits. Flavors of suger, spices and dark fruits.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frosted cranberry/dirty brown body. Very thick, butter cream head that lasts forever. Smells of apples, cinnamon, grapes and lightly of coffee hops. Taste is ripe fruits, the asaid apples with some dates, plums, grapes, caramel and chocolate. Taste is also more bitter with both vegetable and coffee hops. Alcohol is there but just average. Not too sweet either which is nice for the style. A little watery though, not sure what thats about. Still a tremendous beer I was lucky to pick up at Norm’s in Vienna, VA in the 750ml bottle.