barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recommended to me because of my recent infatuation with belgian ales, this definitely did not disappoint. A nice reddish color and a decent head with a fair amount of lacing. For me, as with all belgians, the overwhelming flavor is that of apples. I can drink this in complete comfort. It’s just good. Not quite as complex as a tripel I had a few weeks ago, but with perhaps a better overall flavor.
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A ruby amber color with a laced tan head. A spicy, clove/orange, sweet caramel aroma. A smooth enjoyable flavor and easy on the palate. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. A candy like flavor. Not too complex but enjoyable to drink.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a thin head. Little aroma - some malt and spice. Rich malt flavor, slightly bubblegummy, slight earthiness, some raisiny flavors. Lingering sacharine flavor. It seems like a poor American version of a Belgian that seems to be cropping up all over the place - no complexity, poor finish (too sweet and in a bad way).
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 You know, if somebody gave me this and told me it was an English barleywine, I’m not sure I’d try to argue, at least not that much. The big malts are there along with dark fruits but there’s very little of that spicy yeast character that makes Belgians taste like, well, Belgians. It does pour a lovely dark amber with a nice bit of white head. And it is surprisingly crisp, smooth and easy drinking for any beer let alone one of such high gravity but a Trappist ale it is not.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper colour. Thin white sustained head. Aroma has the plain sweet fruit scent. The taste is a plain sweet lovely scent. Instense alcohol taste. I must die....
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured orangey amber with barely any head at all (might’ve been a touch too cold, but not that much)...smells a little a touch citrus, then sugar and alcohol, maybe some earth fruits...tastes very thin and watery up front, then artificially sweet and alcohol with a thick spicy, syrupy, alcohol after taste...not bad, but it really does bear a striking resemblance to a bad barely wine, not a fantastic Belgian...
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When you taste it rather warm, it is the best. Interesting effort and should be recognized for originality.
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This looked deep maroon to me when held up to the sun. Ok head. Very sweet aroma,candy sugar evident. Malty,sweet,dark fruit. Bit of an alcohol burn but thats ok. Great winter beer.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red color, liveley carbonation, little creamy headm nice. Malt cherry nosem medium alcohol tastem initially very maltym light roasted coffee undertones. Peppery, thing mouthfeel.
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - JUL 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy cinnamon nose with some dark fruits supported by alcohol. Tall foamy head - fizzy and lacy - with a deep ruby color - gorgeous! Heavy syrup and fig malt base. Some toastedness and caramell. The spicy end is the highlight of the profile - cinnamon and some pepper. Medium body and a warm round mouth feel accented by the strong lcohol. Complex, but there is something very straightforward about this.