desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber with a small head. Aroma is very yeasty and fruity, with the flavor being much of the same. There is a slight sourness that is pleasing. Great beer? Yes, but I’m not sure of its Top 50 status.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing beer. Can’t fault it. Thanks to Motelpogo for the oppurtunity! We’re using recultured yeast from it right now for a stout homebrew and it’s working really well. The beer is way malty and classy caramel for real and belgian chocolate all over the place. One of the best I’ve had.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy ruby-amber color, topped by a light brown head, that is raised to a three-finger thickness by a solid carbonation. Interesting, almost wine like aroma, joined by notes of tannin, apricot, sweet herbs, musty cellars, dust, and a spicy peppery note. There is quite a complex nose on this beer. The taste is lightly sweet, fruity, with perhaps a hint of sherry. The fruity notes are reminiscent of sour plum and apricot. Quite a bit of musty cobweb type notes going on here as well. Complex tasting, definitely a bit aged, as this is showing bits of oxidation around the edges, nothing harmful yet, it just adds to the maltiness and complexity of this brew.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy brownish red color, firm tan head. Wonderful aroma, plum, orange, cocoa, yeast, caramel, and light alcohol. Comlex flavors, fruits, caramel, chocolate, malt and some yeast. Incredibly soft mouthfeel, no alcohol detected. An amazing beer. Thanks for the gift Kimchee.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with red around the edges and huge rocky biege head. Dark fruit on the nose. Full and thick mouthfeel. Plums, yeast, cherry, and raisins on the tongue. Dry finish. Nice long and lingering aftertaste. Great job of covering up the alcohol. Yummy!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an almost clear amber with a thick head that settled down quickly. Has huge yeast sediment chunks floating everywhere in the glass. Aroma is a strong fruity one with hints of plums. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice crisp effervescent feel. Flavour is much like the aroma. Fruity and malty with a nice yeasty flavor as well. Alcohol is slightly noticable in both aroma and flavor. Overall a fine Belgian ale.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rust coloured with huge beige head and large circulating yeast particles. Very yeasty aroma. Flavour begins sweet and fruity, then turns yeasty. Another interesting bottle conditioned Belgian but like a lot of others I’ve had. Sorry, I just didn’t think it was exceptional.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The appearance is a brownish brick red with floating yeasty sediments. The aroma is rich of caramel and cherry with hints of pear and dough. The flavor is very bold with cherry, citrus, and dark chocolate tones with a subtle coffee finish. It has a full mouth feel with soft carbonation.
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Chocolate, raisins, dates, sweet malt, sour cherries, yeast, bread in the aroma. Clear amber brown with plenty of carbonation and pillowy off-white head that lasts. Toffee, dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig, date), molasses flavours. Lightly musty and yeasty. Some alcohol warming. Flavours marry well and each sip reveals new delights. Medium body, lively carbonation and crisp mouthfeel. Bottle. Later rerate was 9-4-9-4-18=4.4 with largely similar comments.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep red brown colour with a diminishing frothy and rocky tan coloured head. Gingerbread, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, yeast, and vinous aroma. Toffee, raisin, plum, vinous, and gingerbread flavours with a slight background acidity then finishing with a nutty, rummy, and alcohol bitterness. Full bodied, warming, rich, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel. Excellent at first sip at just absolutely fantastic by the last. Thanks Josh.