haamerhed (6) - USA - MAY 18, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Despite the high ABV it remains very drinkable. Well balanced flavors of sweet and bitter please the nose and palate. Two of these made me miss the end of the Browns v. Steelers game (Zzzzz).
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
pale orange color, minimal head. malty light dry fruity nose, kind of sugary. very sweet, packed with flavor, light bitterness, not very interesting.
beerbastard (604) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is pretty good stuff! I am always impressed when a American brewery makes a good Belgian beer. Its reddish brown with all kinds of aromas, bananas, pears, bubblegum, alcohol. Honey fruity taste with a little alcohol burn. Complex array of flavors. Nice full mouthfeel. Sweet banana lingers in the finish. A Divine beer.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vibrant amber-red clarity. Fruity nose (apples). Chewy, low-carb mouthfeel. Sugar-coated, hard-candy, cooked-caramel sweetness, but not too sweet. Subtle fruit notes (apple sauce, pear, banana). Light, wholesome bitterness in the finish. Clean, slightly dry finish. Alcohol notes offer a nice nip.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice and dark looking in my friend’s margarita glass, which was the closest thing to anything appropriate that I had access to under the circumstances. Fruity, with pears being prominent. Some spice as well. Very sweet, alcohol makes itself known in a nice warming way. Excellent beer.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden red, bubble gum malt aroma that certainly not unpleasant, but seems to be lacking some depth. . . Bananas, green apples, some pears on the tongue, the only real complexity comes right at the finish when the sweet fruits morph into an unexpected oakiness. Pretty light on the palette for such a string beer. . . some spicy alcohol lingers as it warms, overall good beer but I was expecting a bit more complexity.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Red with slight orange hint. Poured with a bit of head but faded quick. Nose was beery-malt. Very little fizz. Alcoholic sweet, No complexity.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, brown color. Very Sweet, the cane sugar and molasses comes through in a big way here. Couldn't drink many of these in a sitting. Good beer with a cigar.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I noticed quite a bit of smokey, woody notes in this beer. Initially alcohol and a medium body, with quite a bit of sweetness to complement the alcohol. Not overly sweet, but this beer has lots of good flavors.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber body with very little of the white head that does not stick around, possibly due to alc. content. Sugary sweet aroma with some cloves that have been more apparent in other bottles and this one had DMS(corn)vegetal aromas which I also do not remember from past bottles. There is a little maltiness that comes around after it warms. This is the first time I've actually rated this beer,and I must say, it is not one of the better samples I've had, but I'll keep that in mind in this rating. Flavor is about the same as the aroma; Sugary sweet at first, cloves, then hops come around at the end with alcohol flavors, but overall well balanced in the finish. Aftertaste is clean with some hop flavor and bitterness. The alcohol is warming, not hot at 10% ABV and the carbonation is moderate for a "Belgian" style beer of medium body. Not terribly complex but dangerously drinkable. I know this beer is better than the bottle I've just had so I'll adjust my rating according to both this bottle and my memory of what I've had in the past.