fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep brown color yet maintains a brite finish. The head didn’t have as much laced as I would have expected. Fruity estery aromas reminicant of banana and raisans. The same flavors come through from the aroma with a balanced maltiness. The body is medium to light. There is a refreshing finish that is not overbearing and invites you to drink more.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with hints of red. Small creamy head. Malty and fruity aroma of banana, pear, toffee and caramel Round aand quite refreshing flavour of yeast, nectarines, banana, toffee and burnt sugar. Smooth and sweet finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by 6/04. Medium mud brown, murky, thin but long lasting tan head. Aroma of darker fruits (raisins, dates), malt, and yeast. Flavor of overripe banana, apple, lots of malt. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Long finish. Medium body, very smooth, quite mellow. I dug it.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 33cl bottle, dated 06/04 (bottled June 2001?) The pour and the initial aroma had me convinced I was about to take on a Rochefort 8. Further nasal discovery picked up a fresh plum and even white grape scent. The taste is quite pure, and well blended. The sweetness might be too much for some, but fell right in line with what I like in a Bruin. There was some heavy carbonation and alcohol kick, esp. in the finish...all signs that this has aged well. Oh, so drinkable...There is little that separates this from the best of the Belgian lot.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The alcohol is not noticed in the first sip then it makes it self known in the finish. Like the malt with surprising crispness. This is a world class beer
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - APR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber coloured. Medium head. Raisins and candis sugar in the aroma. Rather complex, sweet and fruity, with a malty bitterness and some alcohol.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Brown and amber in color, medium beige head. Caramel, a bit sweet and fruity nose. Full body. Sweet, caramel-like flavor with notes of alcohol.
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this a little better than the blonde. This had a nice beige head that stayed and was dark and cloudy. The aroma had peaches, fresh bread and a little spice. The flavor had a slightly sour note like Granny Smith apples at first. Later, it sweetens up and finshes in a delicious way. This is a great beer.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep brown colour, small quick diminishing head. Aroma of raisins, plums...this stuff is quite malty and has a subtle hop finish. Fairly unbalanced. Alcohol lingers throughout.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, spicy aroma. I even detect some hops! Nice reddish amber brown color. Light carbonation. A nice tan head develops and sticks around for a while. NIce lacing on the sides of the glass. Classic Belgian taste. Sweetish notes from the malt and candi sugar, I presume. Vanilla, woody notes as well. Long finish with slightly warming alcohol notes. OVerall a nice Belgian beer that fits very nicely with a warm, sunny spring day like today!