21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark murky brown color with minimal light tan head. Smells yeasty with a bit of fruit, like grape jelly on toast. Very carbonated. A tarty bitter malt feel to it, more maltiness is present. Goes down nicely, smooth like a criminal.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautifl nose of malt and butter. A bit musty, cobweb yeasts, oak with touches of dark fruit. Small fine oily head was persistant and left pleanty of thin laceing down the glass.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. A good amount of carbonation is present. The aroma is of malt, cinammon, chocolate and some other spices. A flavor of malt, chocolate and spice. A slightly tart finish due to the carbonation.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 - 2001 version; nice amber, reddish color, spicy aroma with whiffs of alcohol, light nuttiness, with fruitiness like wine; some brussels lace, spicy, fruity-winey flavor, noticeable alcohol
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pretty bottle, daunting price: in my lust to try ever more refined and exotic beers, it's shocking to consider how easily i've mentally adjusted to ponying up dumbfounding expenditures for an hour of drinking pleasure. if our life's misdeeds are chronicled and assigned specific punishment in perdition, this unmitigated carnal self-indulgence might rate about a week of damnation, especially considering all the charity-supplicating sidewalk santas i shoved aside in a city-wide search to secure this beer back around christmas. twisting back the chicken wire finally and popping the cork starts the festivities: we see a mahogany beverage with a head that rises like a helium baloon. once that huge hyperactive fizz calms the airways are open to allow passage of aromas of heavy yeast and orange zest, while perfumes of various ladies bath products vie with masculine elements like the big malts and cognac, and the kiddie stuff like the soda bubbles and almond cookies. sweet flavor with stiff carbonation, a major hop-tang writes it's name in your precious black book of special memories. it's big as we beer geeks say: in price, renoun, flavor, and the portion of mind and mouth it will occupy during it's hour long intersection with your life. that's gotta be worth a little penance.
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice aroma and color begin this beer well. The flavor is slightly sweet with a nice flavor that is neither too strong nor weak. A very nice seasonal belgian.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Massive long-lasting head, creamy, bubbly dark ruby body. Strong malty caramel nose, just lightly yeasty; could almost be a doppelbock. Flavor very sweet, slightly alcoholic, buttery-caramel, slightly honeyish, minimally bitter. Very smooth, uncomplicated finish. I found this very enjoyable and drinkable, but not terribly spicy or complex as I would hope for in a Belgian holiday beer. Great brewery, but merely a very good, not great beer.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge head, uncontrollably so but with good lacing. Fruity smell with some alchohol in the nose. Fruit sweet taste, thin body. Nice clean crisp finish with a very light aftertaste.
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 2002: Fruity, inviting nose. Thinnish body. Alcohol laden carbonation -- somewhat sharp. Very subtle sweetness. Nice finish, where the malts really seem to shine. Slightly oily and dryish with a mild bitterness. RERATE 03: Big floaties; deep amber/garnet with a big-bubbled head. Sweet (caramel, Astropop) and yeasty ("grungy" yeast flavors). Starkly bitter. Aftertaste was oily and dry, curiously. Interesting, but missed the mark on some of my dimensions.