redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium stained wood brown with a large off-white creamy head. Floating sediment and lots of carbonation. Toffee, alcohol, nutty malt, freshly baked wheat bread, and sheets that have been lined dried on a summer day are in this aroma. An alcohol bite that hits the back of the throat. An odd but not unpleasant sensation between the lively effervescent/spice feel and the creamy smoothness from the head. Taste of unsalted honey nuts, caramel, and perhaps figs. Chewy. Dry finish with the aftertaste somewhat off as a detraction.
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich purple-red color with medium dense head. Aromas and flavors of raisin and fig quite strongly - Special B malt anyone? Strongly sweet but balanced by a semi-dry finish. An excellent abbey ale.
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yeah, what an aroma! Milk chocolate, wood, doughy yeast, flowers, spices including very faint mint and nutmeg, a touch of lactic acid and an unfamiliar herbal tone. Complex and powerful. Deep, hazy but not opaque red-brown in color, with a lasting and very foamy ivory head. Flavor is equally stunning with toffee, cocoa and dark bready maltiness, vaguely tart, acidic, cherry-like fruit, earthiness, pepper, bitter spiciness, yeast esters and developing an alcoholic warmth and nuttiness towards the lengthy finish. Full bodied and with a creamy, moderately acidic and bitter mouthfeel. Develops and fades away in an intriguing fashion. This is outstanding.
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I heard a bit about this beer. Someone even told me that it was quiet sweet ... well mine had pretty hoppy nose and flavour. Wasn’t that sweet, nicely balanced .
beerbastard (766) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am looking at a cloudy reddish brown very complex glass of beer, with a delightful beige head that didn't leave any lace on the sides of my glass. I smell musty corks, prunes, vanilla and many other undefinable but deserving aromas. This tastes of rich velvety sweet chocolate with alcohol drifting about. I am not worthy of describing such a wonderful beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy reddish brown colour, dense beige head. fruit, caramel, perfumy hops and some grainy malt on the nose. I can feel this beer in every part of my mouth. lots of fruit in the flavour with tart apple, citrus, raspberries, and whole cherries(pits and all). also flowers, wood, mild chocolate, and a toasty, slightly hoppy finish. absolutely wonderful.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle unfortunately suffered from a huge clumping sediment that looked like whole hop leaves(!), But other than that, it had everything I've all ways loved about this beer...Wonderful, exotic aromas of "asian citrus" and spices like coriander, cinnamon and cardamom, rich mouthfeel with slight tannic grip and a hint of butterscotch, warming alcohol and vanilla creamy and smooth(w/ a touch of tannin, or a nutty astringency, something like that!). One of the top Belgians, but slightly on the variable side...
RichardGretton (4388) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black beer with a frothy head. The aroma is deeply bitter fruit, and the flavour is a bitter/burn't/acidic fruity flavour. Overall a very nice beer.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 I am very tempted to say this is one of the best I´ve ever had! I´ve read ratings here about the aroma being amazing.. and holy cow it was!!! The glass was a meter and a half from my nose and I could smell it strongly, you could smell it by just stepping into the room. The taste reminded me of caramels, toffee, malt and cocoa with a little something mysterious extra.... what a beer!!
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I am not a Strong Ale fan by nature, this beer is good and complex. Very drinkable.