osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good looking murky brown beer with fizzy carbination. Fluffy/frothy light brown head with descent lacing. Carmel aroma is most prodominent. Strong honey flavor with a modest bitter finish. Smooth and light on the palate...noticable alcohol.
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Lofty, off-white head above a deep amber-red. Great-smelling nose. Light, fluffy and soft texture with a creamy carbonation. Some floaties; looked like fish food. Really tasty malt flavors. Notes of roasted toffee, caramel, chocolate cake, and toasted almonds. Mild bitterness is balancing. Somewhat dryish finish, though sticky at times, too. A little cozy warming in the throat, but alcohol was hidden incredibly well. Absolutely stellar beer.
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Happy Birthday to me (a special bottle to celebrate my 33rd birthday). It poured lovely--deep lovely brown/amber/caramel/wood color with a wonderful, dense, off-white lacing that lasted a long time. Only a particularly large number of yeast chunks was a bit off-putting. The aroma is complex and intriguing--raisin, ginger ale, cream soda, citrus (orange), clove, ginger, nutmeg, bubblegum, and more. There isn’t that much alcohol to be detected in the aroma and flavor, according to my tastebuds, except a slight effervescence into the nose. The flavor goes well with a chocolate brownie, or so my wife reported to me from the glass-full I shared with her (it’s a big bottle afterall and I was in a sharing mood after she made a nice birthday dinner of sausages with onion gravy made of Fullers London Porter instead of red wine). The flavor is slightly more subtle, not as big, with my most noteworthy impression being how the beer faded from flavors into effects, with a bit of a bitter astringence in the mid-palate in a nice way. I do see the fig and cherry flavors in particular, which others have noted. The palate is lovely--a well-supported mass of malts with a lilting and frothing carbonation that keeps going and going. Overall very satisfying and a very easy drinking Belgian. Having had a lot of American beers (IPAs, APAs, etc.) lately, it was really noteworthy to me how different these styles are--the complexity being so impressive here.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcohol is definately present with a multitude of flavors. It is a good Belgian Strong and I respect it but it does not excite me.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to mwsf. Just tasted like regular Abbaye des rcos, which is a good thing, great fruitcake, spice aroma, great hous yeast. Gotta love this stuff.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750 ml bottle) Pours a dark amber/brown color with a gigantic, very long lasting beige head (seemed to last forever, like a root beer float). The body is cloudy with some medium-sized yeast floaties. Has one of the most complex aromas I have experienced; molasses, perfume, light citrus, butterscotch, and much more. Has flavors of butterscotch, banana, and a light cigar aftertaste. Exceptional beer!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright but darker orange color with a huge off-white/almost tan head with good lacing. Aroma cherries, prunes, other fruit and chocolate. The aroma is really great. Flavor is really wonderful. Fruit and wood with an excellent tartness. Some sugar and yeasty spiciness notes as well. Some chocolate in the flavor as well. Nice long finish. A really excellent beer.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely deserving of it’s top 25 status. Redish brown color with a beautiful thick creamy head that lasted forever. Flavor had a million tastes to it. Fruits galor. No hint of alcohol. Brilliant.
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a large, beige, foamy head and a sediment-filled, mahogany body. Nose of prunes, caramel, brown sugar and undertones of yeast. Beautifully mellow. Some beers can re-introduce you to a style. I was very much off belgian beers; if I find more like this Grand Cru - I’ll be on a tear! Flavours of fig, vanilla, juniper, caramel and a touch of alcohol. I love this...
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The appearance is a cloudy, darkish red-brown with floating sediments. Strong aromas of chocolate, caramel, and dried fruits (strong cherry, pineapple, and fig). Very dominant cherry flavor with complimentary tones of caramel and coffee. The palate is well-rounded and complex with a carbonated resonance.