skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 Bottled, served in St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. Why would this not be considered the "Grand Cru", as it is the superior of two fairly similar fantastic belgian strong ales. Poured a medium brown with a burgundy shimmer, and a minimal (yet lasting) head. The aroma was strong, with cloves being the distinctive in the nose. The flavor is primarily caramel, with sweetness, tartness and mustiness all perfectly in balance. Smooth finish, with a touch of alcohol kick, but not severe enough to significantly diminish this gem.
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, its good, but not that good. Aroma of spices and citrus. Flavor too bitter, not enough malt/bread.
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice red/brown ale, tall head, cream good lacing. Plenty of floaties. Smell: Alcohol, citrus, burnt marshmallow, prune, caramel. Taste: sweet, slight chocolate, dry beer. Great beer.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright amber. Light hoppy aroma, a bit dusty and musty in the hops. Fairly straightforward malt character. Sweetish with a touch of alcohol. Not much in the way of dark fruit. I really don't care for the dusty/musty hop flavor. Perhaps this is a bit old. The second pour produced lots of floaties, protein I'm assuming. I will resample.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge port wine aroma, deep ruby/brownish color with a thin, lacy head. Tasted of massive overripe fruit, brown sugar, banana, cloves, spices and a hint of orange. I don't know why I waited so long to try this one. Delicious.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red pour, quite a few floaties and a big head. Aroma is a bit winey and quite sweet. Amazing depth of flavor, all the dark fruit I was expecting, not as sweet as the aroma led me to anticipate.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This to me is one of those beers that really needs to be drunk at the proper temperature. The flavors started coming out, more so than in others. It started with a big frothy head with tiny bubbles upon a red-brown body. Chunks of yeast floated around in the glass, lacing. Smooth as silk, dancing on the palate. Flavors of dark dried fruits finishing fruity as well. Yum. Didn't taste the 9% abv.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid belgian ale. Sligthly fruity and chocolatey. Noticeable alcohol in flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and finish.
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fizzy, light brown head, which is fairly lacing and mostly lasting. Hazy brown body. Malty aroma. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter finish, average long. Oily texture, soft mouthfeel. Great by it's simplicity.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly surprising soapy aroma hit me at first, but then the sweetness of some chocolate and fruit took over. Really warm brown with ruby moments and an almost barleywine-like feel to the mouthful. Sweet with some chocolate and caramel and perhaps even a little nuttiness too. Sort of port-like finish which some may not like as much but which suited me fine...