obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber/ ruby with thick fine head. Malty, banana, citrus, and sweet aromas pour from the glass. Sweet malt with some chocolate, fine bubbles adn sour cherry. A creamy mouthfeel makes it a pleasure to drink!
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cL bottle. This beer had a coriander and citrus aroma along with significant maltiness. The flavors were well-balanced for such a complex beer. The fruit and nut flavors were really nice.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great bread and bandy like nose with a hint of cherry. Great head and lacing. There is a lot going on here in the taste: Bread/dough, orange, cherry coriander. Creamy texture and a yeasty finish. Fine beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was pretty excited to try this one for my 200th beer (okay, 202 if I could only remember the names of those other 2 beers). It’s tough to beat the appearance of a good Belgian ale, and that’s no exception here. Poured a ruby/amber/brown color, lots of medium sized yeast particles floating towards the bottom of the glass, with a large frothy mocha/tan colored head. The head eventually shrank to about 1/8" creamy layer covering the beer. Towards the end of the glass the head thinned, but was still there. Aroma: This beer has one of the best aromas of anything I’ve sampled to date. It’s big and not holding back with notes of yeast, sweet malts, honey, carrot, pepper, anise, pears, apples, plums, raisins, and even a little bit of caramel and chocolate. This is worth buying just for the nose. Flavor: The taste is big and hearty with hints of pear, plum, raisin, carrot, pepper. There’s plenty of malt backing to this beer which adds sweetness and somewhat of a syrupy feel to this beer. This malt is equally balanced by a moderate well-rounded hop bitterness that manages not to drown out any of the other flavors. But it doesn’t stop there. You can also treat your taste buds to sweet chocolate, yeast, coriander, orange, and toffee. Finishes slightly sweet, mildly acidic, and moderately bitter. Also noteworthy is how well this beer hides the 10% alcohol. I could tell that the content was up there, but I didn’t get overwhelmed with an alcohol taste at any point while drinking this beer. You need to try this beer if you haven’t already because it truly is great.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky reddish brown with a thick biege head. Sweet and spicey aroma, with notes of earth and wood. Full and slick mouthfeel. Caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, wood, and brandy on the tongue. Nice lingering aftertase. A great Belgian ale.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.25.04 750ml bottle, no apparent date but cork # 065/750076(huh?). Anyway. Dark cherrywood brown; outrageous, creamy tan head. Aromas of apricots and pears soaked in brandy; caramelized brown sugar. Truly, one of the most amazing aromas I’ve found in any beer. The flavor seems to struggle to keep up with the great smells. Malty front, some pepper and big alcohol immediately. Sort of shocking spiciness for this style of beer. Sharp bitterness comes in the middle. Cobwebby, dry, musty, and yet still quite rich. Floral flavor carries the big alcohol across the palate. Some licorice. Throughout the bottle I got a slight tinny flavor and aftertaste. Somewhat of a letdown, but still a decent beer based on aroma alone.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Fantastic aBelgian Strong. Spicy sweet aroma. A little less sweet in flavor than Chimay blue. One of my favorite all-time ales.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Older white label, unknown vintage. Murky brownish color with nice head. The wet cork had me a bit nervous but this held up nicely. Mostly malty aroma with bits of dried fruits. Taste was lightly vineous, caramel, spicy, chocolate and brown sugar. A real treat.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
#500. Raisins, caramel, brown sugar, with hints of honey in the nose. Nice. Beautiful nearly opaque and cloudy mahogany coloft with a nice long-lasting light tan head. Lots of yeast floaties. Start has hints of brown sugar and berries. Slight bitterness in the start as well. Vinous, boozy burn late to middle. Very toasty and smokey in the finish. Too dry for me, but still quality.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you so much to my bro DYCSoccer17 for hooking me up with this brew. Deep mahogany color with a very generous off white head. Considerable amount of sediment floating aroound in this cat. Malty, doughy yeastly aroma. Smells like sweet bread. Yummy. Oh my, this is good. Taste of macerated fruit, although the alcohol is nicely hidden. Sweet yet slightly bitter to finish. This is plain awesome.