jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice clear ruby color with a big, three finger rocky off-white head. Lacing is out of control! Aroma is cherries and caramel. Definitely sweet smelling. Flavor is quite complex, cherry, caramel. Aftertaste is more caramel and cocoa. Body is medium and the alcohol is noticeable. Pretty nice beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good ruby hue, nice layer of head, decent lacing, and a bit of carbonation. Lots of fruit and some hops in the nose, a slight doughy aroma accompanies all of this. Complex flavors of fruit, malt and some yeast finishing up with a bigger bite of alcohol than the regular. Very nice BSA.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby brown color with lots of tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma is full of fruity flavors, pear, apple, peach, raisin, plum and hops. Sweet caramel malt pulls in the back of the nose. Flavor has lots more alcohol than the regular version with a tart, almost salty finish. Very carbonated moutfeel. This beer is very different from the regular in some ways but the same in many more.
sloth (2500) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium size, large bubbled, light brown head thtas short lived. Hazy brown, cola color.Light/medium body.Fruity nose plums, raisins, yeast and malt. Nice fruity, malty flavors, slight mustiness and light spiceyness. Unfortunately somewhat thin for a 10%er, seemed flat.
Jayb0 (1040) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange, foamy, lingering head. cherry notes, desserty with vanilla, prunes, candy sugar/cotton candy. Very delicious
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber body w/a wispy off white/light beige head. Fantastically fruity floral w/ plum and bready malt undertones to the aroma. Very well balanced with a slightly acidic dry finish . There is a slightly musty hop that adds to the malty fruity flavor. Lighter medium body with higer level of carbonation and a dry mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment; alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Very well made and nice complexities; something I could drink a lot of.
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge light-brown head, very creamy; muddy light-brown beer with a lot of flunky UFO. Nose of hops, roasted malts and nutmix. Very bitter taste with an outspoken nutty flavour, like nut-butter (hazelnut, pecan, sweet walnut, very oily). Thick mouthfeel, nearly oily. Long roasted aftertaste. Nice, thick, filling, syrupy. But - is it really that exciting and complex? I wonder about some rates equalling this to Westvleteren...
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep copper body with a strong fluffy tan head. Aroma is laden with candy sugar, fruit, malt, and cardboard. There is a certain spice abound in the nose as well but I cannot seem to make it out. The taste is more fruit and sugar but with mild spice, and some alcohol notes. There is a lingering dryness after the finish and a light bitter hint. Some mild spice and alcoholic leftovers during the finish as well. Great stuff!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a thick tannish head. A beautiful deep garnet color with a slight chill haze to it. This beer smells fruity (apricot being the most predominant aroma, followed by orange). There is a certain candy sweet aroma as well, maybe a hint of butterscotch. This beer has an outstanding aroma and I could just sniff it for ages. As I sniff it the head has barely lost its 2 inch thickness, it is well carbonated. There is a bit of maltiness in the aroma as well. It is definitely well carbonated tasting as well. It is lightly sweet, with a fruitiness that was promised in the nose. There is both a candied apricot and orange flavor here. There is also a slight sense of the alcohol in this one. The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma but this beer still need to warm up a bit. I detect a hint of astringency in the finish, there seems to be some nice Belgian yeast fermentation byproducts here as well. The beer has some slight Belgian lacing in evidence as I slowly work my way to the bottom of the glass. As it warms up the beer becomes softer, though the alcohol is still evident. Becomes sweeter and maltier. the beer color clears up a bit as it warms too, it displays some nice orange hues as it is held up to the light.
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
orange brown color, thick beige head, no real lacing..some floaties. caramel, fruit and a touch of chocolate in the aroma. bit of hops in the flavor along with some chocolate. slightly astringent. medium body. alcohol is amazingly completely hidden. the Grand cru isnt as good as the Abbaye des Rocs, but it's still damn tasty...hmm..i think i taste some peach in the finish.