willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewtopia’04. Sweet and peach/apple. Crimson/cherry/brown color. Many floaties. Nice winey, boozy finish. Thick, sweet, slight barnyard.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle foamed over upon opening. Pours a deep dark copper brown with a thick, puffy light tan head. Mildly cheesy and caramel malty aroma. Body starts nice, thick and sweet with a bready yeasty texture and some dark fruit complexity. Finish hides the alcohol well and rounds out a nice brew. Could use a little more balance though.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
De Drie Wijzen. Dirty brown coloured. Very malty and fruity. Slighty spicy an yeasty with an alcoholic touch.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Deep brown - black body. Fizzy brownish head, mostly lasting and good lacing. Chocolate/caramel aroma. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Very similar to Rochefort 8 (I offered a couple of friends a blind-tasting of this and they guessed also Rochefort 8).
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a dark reddish brown color with a dark tan head. Smell is of spice/yeast/alcohol/fruit. Taste is malted/fruit/spice and finishes of dry alcohol. Overall another fine beer from Belgium.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red hue with a nice lacing and head that lasts forever. A yeasty, spicy nose and flavor with a full but smooth palate. Straight-forward and quality all the way.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep rusted brown, creamy tan head. The nose on this was fantastic with shots of dark fruit, (fig, raisin, plum) caramel, brown sugar, and fresh baked apricot peach bread. Rich , well balanced, some spiced flavors to boot. Full- bodied, silky, medium carbonation, with a nice dry finish. My favorite Achel hands down....
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cl bottle; served in DBF 2004 glass.
Deep reddish brown; moderate head. Pleasant, assertive aroma with alcoholic presence and an impressive, spicy touch. Enormous taste, full of malt, alcohol, and spice; very much in-your-face. Sweetness dominates the highly complex impression, and the finish is wonderfully long and warming.
Mouthfeel is soft and rather sugary, though never unpleasantly so. Drinkability is good.
A highly impressive beer.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Very deep, dark mohogany ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Very good retention and decent lacework. The aroma is of plums, dark fruits, raisins, whole grain bread, caramel, toffee and even a touch of fuzzy fruit. Great, malty flavor with a note of ginger. Well-balanced by the alcohol and hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, spicy, bone-dry finish. World class beer!
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DBF 2004. Dark reddish appearance, very little tan head. Aroma is raisin, plum, spicy and alcoholic. The flavor is also candied fruits, spicy and a good alcohol feeling. Very nice brew!