mmather (122) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much better than the one on tap (also 1 year old) at the Falling Rock at GABF time (02). Seems to have aged well. Smooth rounded sweetness but surprisingly drinkable for a 10% abv beer. Luckily I have another one.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What color! This beer looks like the inside of a pumpkin on halloween night; just blazingly orange. Sweet aroma of toffee and almonds. The flavor is very sweet but never quite become cloying. Very smooth. Quite a nice brew.
EricTheRed (81) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was awesome! color/appearance aside, the aroma is complex mix of alcohol/malt/sugar/yeast, and the flavor/palate were truly a treat.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful golden amber, no head, but some lacing. Interesting combination of a belgian tripel and a barleywine — neither is my favorite style but the combination works here. Bready / yeasty taste from the tripel. Warming alcohol and a back of the mouth cough syrup and fruitiness that I associate more with barleywine and extreme beers like raison d'extra. There are enough great Belgian tripels and Belgian style beers out there; this is not on my short list of favorites. But it is a decent drinkable beer. And no I did not share tasting notes with slikwily.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color,small to no head,very little holding power as well.Malty sweet aroma with a hint of spice and fruit.The taste was mildly sweet malty and definately fruity.Very sweet after taste with a fruit tone to it and the alcohol shows up nicely here with a slight warming while going down.This is not exactly my favorite but it still is a very decent brew.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF '02 Amber in color,with a combination of malt,yeast and spice character coming through in the aroma and floavor,with a smooth alcoholic presence.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Virtually no head. Copper color. Malty, candy apple-like aroma. Toffeeish, sweet fruity taste. What spices were there are mostly buried by the sugars. Should be interesting to try again after 4 years in the bottle.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber pour with a nice head. spicy aroma with hints of fruit. tastes of coriander, pepper, apples and other fruits with a fairly sweet malt finish, nice
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber color with huge belgian spice and fruit aroma. Flavor is dominated by malty sweetness with complex fruit (plum?) and spice (coriander?) notes. A very thick palate leaves a lingering sweet finish. An excellent brew.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful aroma, fruitcake and Belgian candy. Chewey and malty, a very good beer, may improve with age.