Suttree (5844) - 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 (2205) - 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.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is without a doubt one of the greatest belgians that I have ever had. A beautiful appearance, with a perfect two finger, frothy egg-white head. Lots of active, effervescent carbonation in my Chimay glass. A wonderful aroma, with lots of fruity sweetness, and did I mention a perfect head, that last all the way through the drink. Taste is rich and cream with lots of figs and dates, with a little bit of port in the aftertaste. Perfectly balanced with a sweet flavor that has a great duration in the mouthfeel. Full finish that is creamy soft and rich.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is very close to the pinacle of beer. pours into a tulip glass with a thick light brown head that lingers for a while. The aroma is mind boggling, I think maybe Traquair Jacobite comes close.Malts, cinnamon,yeasts dominate the nose. The flavour is huge. Thick , full mouthfeel flavours of fruitcake, dark breads, sweet caramel. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I'm glad I have more in my cellar
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Starting aroma is strong and shocking, mellows after a few minutes. Perfect appearance looks like a desert in the snifter glass. Dark chocolate layer with a thick off-white whip cream layer. Very nice in the mouth but wtih a warm mouth feel and malt/alcohol/hop taste but seems to be missing something in the way of character.
JorisPPattyn (9048) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark-amber; dark cream head, evenly collapsing. Very fruity nose (grapes, plums, figs); liquorice, faint chocolate and lavender. Taste is estery (banana, fig), yeasty and spicey (coriander, galangaroot). Bit of orange liqueur. Very full-bodied, oily & slick mouthfeel. Nice, satisfying, but the coriandertouch is a touch too exaggerated to be really great. For those who like perfumey, thick malty beers, it has to be a must. But to qualify this amongst the Belgian top...
The Etruscan (607) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beige creamy head. Dark copper-brown color. Aroma is fruit with apricot and light alcohol notes. Flavor is fruity too (raisins) with a few caramel notes, ending in a fruity and slightly caramelise finish. Medium bodied.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma leaps from the bottle upon uncorking: honey, apple, characteristic belgian spiciness. Spumescent head, well retained. Brilliant amber-red. Some suspended globules of yeast, mostly due to my own less-than-careful handling. Caramel, honey sweetness, slight roast, tart fruit flavors. VERY drinkable, 9% alcohol barely makes its presence known (until about 3/4 of the way through the bottle!). Perfectly balanced. Medium-full body with a very fine carbonation, fairly low for the style. I could drink this every day.