jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This did not quite live up to my admittedly high expectations, and I am not quite sure why. The bitterness of this beer really stuck out for me, as did the alcohol. Still quite enjoyable but many of the complexities are lost on an even slightly tired palate because of the dominating presence of the hops and alcohol. Deserves a second go round. Cheers Radek for this one.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a quickly dissipating frothy head. Almost no lacing. Dark orange and copper colored. Strong spicy/fruit aroma. Taste of Spice and alcohol with lots of candi sugar. Will buy another and cellar.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color with medium head. Good lacing. Smell is strong of Belgian candi sugar. Flavor is initially sweet with an alcoholic whallop half way down your throat. Alcohol wasnít burning, but present with the candi sugar taste balancing. The typical musty/medicinal Belgian characteristic was missing from this one.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, good looking reddish pour, with a light head and very aromatic. I could definetely smell and taste the alcohol, a little overwhelming, but the spices kicked in to save the day. Quite an aftertaste of alcohol and spice left on the palate. Itíll be awhile before I try another.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Isnít the label a rating category? Darn...should be! Oh well, I guess weíll have to rate this one the contents. Poured a ruddy-orange with a light head. Aroma has a bit nutty (odd?). Tasted was surprisingly spicy, with a sweet ride to the finish.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice bottle. Broke one open, not much of a head even with a very vigorous pour. Orange, cloudy pour. Sweet/cherry aroma is all I am getting.
Was medium/heavy in body, slightly cloying in finish.
Overall I enjoyed this and expect the bottle to cellar particularly well. The high alcohol was inperceptable.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a crystal clear copper with no head and a lace ring. The aroma is fresh bread, candy sugar, and spice. The flavor is drier than I thought it would be, peppery, spicy, currants, and alcohol. The palate is heavy. Overall, this is a monster of a beer but not at all refreshing.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark red/orange with a pretty one finger beige head with full glass lacing. Nose is hoppy, spicy and sweet. After smelling it, I thought that the first sip would be very powerful, and thankfuly it was not. The flavor is complex, but I will try to describe it: The first flavor notes that I pulled out was black pepper, sweet malt, currants, and hops. Secondary flavors are of alcohol, caramel, maybe a slight black cherry/raisin taste. The finish is slightly drier and burns just a little going down. Iíll be honest, after smelling this beer I thought that this would be an overpowering spicy beer. But I was wrong. This is an almost perfectly balanced hand crafted beer. The taste reminds me of a Dali painting: I canít describe it, but it is most definately a thing of beauty.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really enjoyed this on tap. Has a small tan head and is a dark relatively clear ruby color. Aroma is peaches, raspberry, sweet malts and a little alcohol. Taste is peaches, vanilla and caramel. I found this to be very interesting.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 2003 bottle. Pours a deep orange-red, with some fiery golden hues. Much brighter and more colorful than its many belgian counterparts. Also much more clear, unfortunately. Good off-white head and a big aroma of crisp hops, lots of sweet candied sugar and a spicy yeast. Begins with so sweet a flavor it burns going down and I can only sip a bit at a time. Once I get past the initial shot of candi, there is some unusually bitter hops for the style, not citric or anything, but quite floral and more apparent than any other quad. Still, tastes quite clean and has an elegant yeast finish with chewy caramels, molasses, salty raisins and even some riper red fruits. Mouthfeel is peppery at first but has a buttery/creamy finish this is quite nice. I let this bottle sit out for 2 hours, and after returning to it, it was still highly carbonated. Good stuff, I just wish they wouldnt filter their beers so much. The huge sweetness is the biggest problem, but maybe this would even out better in a few years.7/4/7/3/12
2000 bottle, waxed top at XBF05 Very solid and drinkable it remains, with that big fiery fruit and alcohol burn, some acidity and plenty of candi sugar. The aging has added a nice note of oxidation and seems to have toned down some of the syrupiness and hops. I enjoyed it. 7/4/7/4/15