bierkoning (9831) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great beer, but not worth the top 50 position IMO. Dutch Ratebeer meeting, 1 1/2 litre bottle. Chunks of yeast floating. Orange liquor aroma. Malty, alcoholic flavor . Orange, peppery and a hint of chocolate. A bit too much of everything to earn a top rating. In der Beschränkung zeigt sich der Meister (in the limitation the real master comes up).
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark blond - amber coloured beer with a medium disappearing head. Fruity, spicy aroma. Sweet caramelly, spicy taste. Neutral to light bitter finish. An excellent Christmas beer. It has it all.
caesar (4716) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Large head, clear orange-brown coloured. Very spicy aroma, fruity, butter, orange. Spicy and malty taste, bit chocolat maybe. Sharp alcohol burn in taste and palate.
jerohen (1963) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Large head, clear orange-brown coloured. Soft malty, fruity aroma and flavour, some butter. A bit Rochefort aroma indeed (i'm with you skortila ;-) ). Cool 1.5 liter bottle, but the beer itself is not nearly as good as it's cracked up to be.
skortila (4348) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(dutch ratebeer meeting) Bit disappointing. Quite well overrated. Still decent but no overall top50. Smells like the Rochefort and the 'Rooie Tiep Top' we had early this evening. Cloudy, red/brown coloured with a lasting head. Taste is fruity, not really balanced; It's too full. Creamy palate.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best smelling corks ever. Pours cloudy copper. Light tan big head. Big wonderful fruity aroma. So many fruits. I tasted everything from raisins, to vanilla, and a whole bunch of stuff in between. It seems to have only a bit of sharpness that would save it from a perfect rating, and no noticeable alcohol whatsoever. It is a good beer to lay down for a year or two.There is also a hop presence throughout, providing a bitterness, and maybe even some flavor and aroma.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great fruity aroma - peaches, plum, red grapes, with nice spiciness. Red-brown color, long-lasting beige head. Flavor is malty, kind of nutty, fruity and spicy. Its hard to pick out individual flavors. Has that fluffy mouthfeel - full-bodied with high carbonation. Great complex Begian strong ale.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best smelling corks ever. Pours cloudy copper with a light tan big head (and lasting). Big wonderful wild fruity aroma. So many fruits, I can't place them all. I taste everything from dates and raisins, to vanilla, and a whole bunch of stuff in between. The amazing thing, is it seems to have only a bit of sharpness that would save it from a perfect rating, and no noticeable alcohol whatsoever. I bet this would be awesome in a year and two. There is also a hop presence throughout, providing a bitterness, and maybe even some flavor and aroma.
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep garnet red with a huge beige head and a delightful nose of berries, musty earth and spice. Very lively carbonation on the tongue. Flavors of berry, plum, warm candy sugar, dark bread and soft spices of corriander and cinnimon and . For the ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. An excellent sipping beer for the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #300. Gorgeous aromas of dried fruits, raisins, plumd, dates, etc. Also a bit of allspice and alcohol. Beer pours very attractive reddish brown with an off white head that is retained. Flavor is full and complex. Many layers of flavor including raisins and a very nice yeast strain that is rather subdued for a Belgian ale. The finish last almost forever. Beer is very chewy in the palate. Very little to give away the 10% ABV. This is truly great beer worthy of its lofty rank on the site.