LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great looking beer with solid 3/4 inch head throughout the entire time I had it. Sweet fruity, chocolate aroma. Sweet malt flavor and subtle bitter finish. I was shocked to see it's 9%. Well hidden.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber/ruby, with a thin off white head, lacing. High levels of carbonation, and I happened to get some floaties (same bottle as Buck, don't think it'll hurt me.) A nice and pleasant nose of fruits (mostly plum or raisin.) Sweet malt flavors, some more fruit (more raisin.) Nice smooth palate, finishing slightly tart. Nice, can't wait for the grand cru up next.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark ruby brown color with nice carbonation, head and lacing. There is lots of yeast in this one and some large chunks floating around. Aroma is mild with light hints of raisin, plum and hops. Flavor is lightly sweet & slightly tart, alcohol is detectable but pretty well hidden. This is a well balanced belgian strong with some great hidden complexities and smooth flavors.
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful deep amber colour, generous and lasting head which leaves a beautful lace on the glass. High carbonation. Aroma is really strong and sweet with cherries and caramel, but with a distinct spicy and yeasty note. When you taste it, it almost immediately reveals a subtle almond bitterness to complement the sweet malt texture. The finish is almost dry. The result is an impressive, majestic, yet easily drinkable brew, as it never gets cloying. Body is full and creamy. Very long finish. Just as good (or almost as good) as Westvleteren, and much cheaper...
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep dark amber with a brilliant medium beige head. Perfect retention. Great aroma, initially i get apricots, mangos, honey and candy (fairy floss?). After that theres all sorts, raisins, vanilla, citrus (orange?) and a *touch* of alcohol and chocolate. Smooth soft medium mouthfeel. My first few mouthfulls were just like the commercial description, chocolate, malty caramel and a hint of cherries. Its very well balanced, you can tell theres bitterness behind there but it doesnt really show up. As I got further into it i tasted some tropical fruit drink too, and a hint of yeasty spice in the aftertaste. ABV masked very well. Certainly interesting stuff.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Bottled.
Prune and tidbits flavour explosion. Wow! Semi-complex and very flavourful after 2 years in the cupboard. Lots of chunks. Last rating gave a 3,6.
Hazy brown. Indeed a rich head. Not stirred nor shaken, so a late sediment nourishment. Sweet malty with a prune explosion in both aroma and the sweetish sugary flavour. Flat body. This is nice!
Aurelius (4133) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don't care much for the green bottle -- we also had to use a carpentry solution (drywall screw, claw hammer) to get past the composite cork. Smallish flocculent sediment. Rich, tart, fruity, caramel aroma. Mud brown. Pretty mellow, fruity and alcoholic. Cocoa, caramel, Belgian yeast flavor. The palate gets a little clingy, but has good initial zing. ABV gives a good wine buzz.
PorterPounder (5492) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a nice dark caramel color with specks of floating sediment. Head is thick and frothy with good sticky lacing - light mocha colored. The aroma is sweet and malty with some apple tones, a bit of spice in the back end as well. Flavor has elements of chocolate, dates and raisins. Not as cloyingly sweet as I anticipated. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and luxuriant - not something to rush through. The 9% abv is hidden extremely well - careful - it can catch up on you.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber with red-apple hues in the light. Frothy, lasting, off-white head leaves behind some nice lacing. Incredibly aromatic, notes of cider, brown sugar, yeast and candy sugar. Very silky and thickish on the tongue; carbonation was amazingly soft and tight (god, you'd think I was describing a part of the female body). Sweet, cake-like malts with some toasted notes. Bitterness is mild, but balanced. Hops seem to mostly provide a spiciness. Fruity and yeasty notes throughout: spiced apples, pears, plums. Finishes a little sticky, but not overly cloying. Great beer!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beautiful deep amber/burgundy body is topped by a thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The only draw back to the appearance was the large floaterd the showed up after about half the bottle was gone. The aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly with a very slight flowery note, some fruitiness and the slightest touch of alcohol. The malty flavor is sweet and fruity with notes of caramel and the slightest touch of alcohol. Just an incredible flavor. A tear cam to my eye when the bottle was empty. Full bodied, surprisingly smooth yet tingly on the tongue and slightly warming.