TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 SE Ratebeer Gathering. Flavor reminds me of a fruity champagne. Pours a cludy brownish red with a lasting head. Very warming alcohol presence.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Dark brown colour with lots of sediment in spite of careful pouring and the useage of the correct glass. Smell is of roasted fruit but also hints of raw meat. The taste is also a mixture of very drinkable sugary deep red fruit, but again a hint of something not quite right (again meaty). The bottle was BBE2006 and was carefully stored so I do question whether there is something wrong in this case. Should be interested in trying this beer again in view of its huge reputation. Score 3.3
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.4
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
smoky fruit. mild with a sweet full body complete a light, complex beer. Slightly bitter
VAYankee (333) - Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish-brown body with a nice beige head. Beautiful strong aroma characterized by caramel, light fruit, faint alcohol, and faint yeastiness. Complex sugary flavor (fruit, yeast and caramel malt blend). Aftertaste is of mild chocolate, cherry and alcohol bite. Very impressive.
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 33 cl bottle, BB 2006
Dark brown beer with great looking tan-coloured head. Cloudy in appearance but yeast is strangely flocculant, with large clumps throughout the beer. Rich yeasty smell with nice fruity esters, raisins, dried fruit, and chocolate. Taste is also fruity and herbaceous on the front, with some sweet caramel in the middle before a long bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This beer tastes awesome, and except for that yeast thing, one of my new favourites.
Crockett (1012) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, big pillowy head. Dark red brown pour. Sweet yeasty berry aroma, lots of alcohol. Very Boozey. Faint chocolate/toffee/banana/caramel. Roasted malts. Slightly bitter. Beautiful mouth-feel. Creamy. Did I say boozey. Very Belgian. Very Good!
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served at 63 degrees. Brownish orange, thick rich tan head. Smells of cherries, alcohol, and dirt. The first sip is smooth as velvet. There is an almost overwhelming number of flavors here - sweet malt, plums and cherries, alcohol, and there some earthy, juniper, walnut flavors in the background. Excellent and complex.
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good heavy beer, rocky head. Beautifull dark amber color, with a fewtaste & smell Oily a, few big yeasty paticles. A beautiful beer!!
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brownish in color, nice off-white head, caramel & coffee in the nose, earthy flavors, nice & malty in the body, sweet & malty finish with a slightly acidic aftertaste, excellent Belgian ale
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 75 cL, snifter. Cookie, caramel, mild coffee, milk chocolate (H); flowery hops (M); grape, raisin, plum, figs, dates, tawny port, butterscotch aromas! Heavily sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium heavy body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: sweet malty heaven in a bottle.