stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites. A lot like Chimay Blue but with more maltiness. Great body, aroma, and overall impression. Goes down so smooth at cellar temperature.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky dark ruby color with a generous creamy beige head. The aroma was full of alcohol, wet tree bark, dark fruit, caramel, slightly sour, and very sweet malt. The flavor was similar to the aroma with more of an earthy character...slightly musty aftertaste. Bubbly feel with a long wet finish. Very satisfying.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
malty and slightly smoky aroma, pours with a dark brown hue and a good head, fruity and slightly nutty flavour, quite sweet, tasty and enjoyable.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes similar to westmalle dubbel without such complexity. The head on this thing is quite amazing though. Great brew.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Murky crimson colour with a larger beige crown. Unusual aroma in that it smelt like strewberried lead, pine shavings and strewberries. I sound like SilkT but this time its true. Tart start, astringent middle fruity finish.
crazyvin (1692) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured a nice dark brown color with a bone color head. A malty aroma with a roasted subltness too it. Taste was malty and mildly bitter and finished with a taste of alcohol.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 33 cL bottle, goblet. Gigantic fizzy head is tan and somewhat lasting. Murky brown body has huge yeast particles. Caramel, nutty, toasted grain malts. Flowery hops play second fiddle. Yeast aroma is of cobwebs. Vanilla, alcohol, toffee aromas with a light hint of spice. Moderately sweet throughout, with light bitterness at the end. Some dark chocolate notes appear in the aftertaste, which is fairly long in duration. Medium-full body is creamy with fizzy carbonation. Flavor does not contain as many sharp notes as the aroma. The bottom line is: this is a rich and nutty double that's pleasant to the end.
Rerate: 12/30/03 This is every bit as good as I remembered though tasted quite different, if that makes sense. I got a lot more dark fruits this time around (plum, raisin, and especially currants). Still excellent though. I don't know why the bottle instructs you to serve at 44-48 degrees F. Really has a sharp alcohol nose around that temp. The game really starts at 55-60 F.
RichardGretton (4016) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer with a light head, and a slight coffee aroma. Lightly roasted flavour with a hint of bitterness (the beer reminds me of a stout). A good quality Belgian beer.
CEZ (393) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in colour and sweet in aroma (caramel). Average sized, mostly lasting beige head. Sweet and warm taste, and a slightly bitter finish. Medium body. Not bad, but doesn't show much character.
jonas (5041) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity (banana) arom with some raisins and sugar. Murky brown, creamy head, but retention not too good.
Fruity cobbwebs in the taste, otherwise pretty bland. Lightbodied and relatively highly carbonized.