Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber with a nominal head. Aroma of sweet candied fruit,honey,frut cake. Flavor had so many things going on it made this one hard to pick apart. Candied fruit,mild malt,mild caramel,possibly over ripe peaches,autumn spices. Just so much going on with a nice alcohol warmth. The first couple sips had a somewhat unpleasant finish of cigar wrappings(don’t know where the hell that came from) but it was gone in a couple minutes of being able to breathe.
Not that impressive looking but kudos for the complexity.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unclear amber/orange beer with a tall and foamy long lasting lightly tanned head! Aroma is nice and sweet, heavy fruity and light spicy with caramel tones. Also chocolate, raisins, prunes, oranges and apricot in there! Flavor is delicious to the bone! Malty, nutty with sweet toffee notes. Lots of fruit also and some sourness towards the finish. Soft, smooth and very complex and highly tasty!! Hides the 10% well! More please......
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 rerate #3--Pours a slear amber brown hue with a halo of a tan head. Romas of flral and spice , honey. Flavors are on the sweet side with caramel and roasted malts at the forefront. Fairly dry finishr erate----Pours an amber hue with a frothy off-white head. Aromas of apples yeast and pennies. Flavors of honey, slight yeast with a slight bitterness. -----Pours a deep brown with a reddish tint with a frothy/creamy head that seems like it will never die. LAcing is just as marvelous. Aromas of caramel, grains, with a slight roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with flavors of alcohol and spices....mmmm..... Tastes a little flat....like a bad seal on the cork.... I will rate as is.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown/Red Coloring. Good Head. If There Was Spice in the First Abbaye...it Was Because it Stood Behind The Grand Cru....LOT of Black Pepper Here...Good Bite from the Spice/Herbs and the Alcohol is Certianly Noticable. Wouldn’t Drink This All the Time, but Wonderful to Try.
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 <i>September 20, 2004:</i> Pours a dark brown with a little bit of red mixed in and a meidum sized head on top. Kind of a spicy nose... Woah! Spicy taste! Black pepper and other kicks to the palate. A wee bit on the harsh side. Tasty, but a little gangbusters for me. 7/3/7/3/15 <i>Re-rating September 18, 2008; Belgian Beer Fest at the Muddy Pig.</i> Dark brown color with a medium head. Strong aroma of malt, yeast and spices. Definitely more of the same in the taste. Flavors of toasted caramel, sweet malt, thick and chewy bread, yeast. Really thick and heavy. Love it.
madsberg (11309) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Dark beige huge dense head. Berries, fruit, malt and light alcahol in the nose. Flavour is fruity, has caramel notes, is sweet and vineous. Berries and plums notes. Sweet and fruity with a light alcahol burnt in the end. Generally the alcahol is very well hidden.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ain’t it a pleasure to finally get around to a highly rated beer and actually think it’s worth it? Grocery list of fruits and spices, but conveyed subtly and deftly as only true craft can oblige. Thank goodness I’ve got another hiding in my closet "cellar".
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t know if I got an old bottle but it was not all that sweet. It was a pleasent strong ale but nothing outstandikng. It was heavy in the alcoholdepo and I could taste it. Definitly a decent beer but nothing to make me really notice it.
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Coriander and other spices’ bite and great great malt. A good drink, easier than a saison. Traditional, 750 silly ml later, the alcohol pounces on you. Well accompanies food. Sassy and bit of cream aftertaste on palate. Chestnut colour and not terribly complex.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an impressive beer. Immensely drinkable and enjoyable. Pours a reddish copper with a foamy beige head. Nice visual. The aroma is of fruit: raisins, plums, some apricot or pear. Touches of spice but very subtle. Notes of chocolate. Medium body, gentle but lively carbonation, smooth, velvety mouth. The taste is subtle sweetness and fruitness. Very refreshing and appealing. Excellent drink.