William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Belgian ale. Had this one on draught at De Zotte in Amsterdam. Alcohol is quite present. Does not look like a typical ale when poured.
Ungstrup (30267) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma dominated by yeast with notes of oranges and coriander. The color is an unclear orange and it has a beutiful but disappearing head. The flavor is sweet with alcohol prickling the tongue and notes of oranges, coriander, and cinnamon. The sweetness lingers on the lips. A fine triple.
JorisPPattyn (8396) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vertical test (Note: brewery Van Honsebrouck has always regarded "Brigand" as a beer for ageing) between "Brigand", newly bought (A), sell-by date: 10-2005 and B) sell-by date 03-1996. Points for A) as above, for B) in [brackets] in text.
Colour: A) yellow to caramel-fudge colour; very thick, dense head, stable B) caramel-orange, thick head fastly reduced to +/- 1 cm  Nose: A) caramel and herbal-hoppy. Toothpaste-minty smell; B)hazelnuts, portwine, higher alchohols first, then going over to walnuts/walnut oil  Taste: A) caramel, caramel-malts, fiery bitter taste on top of a very malty base. Retronasal a baked apple flavour B) Again an aggressive bitterish taste. With the outspoken walnut flavour, it combines to walnuts with the little yellow bitter peels still on, soaked in brandy. Yet, the overall sensation is sweeter  Mouthfeel & aftertaste: A) reasonnably full-bodied. Alcohol burn. No new aftertaste B) alcohol-esterisation diminishes typically the full mouthfeel. But I think they're pretty much the same. Extra sweetness is even more obvious in the aftertaste  Overall: the old Brigand IS better. But only in the way a strong, heavy beer will age well if stored in a good way. There is no outside surplus Nothing from this beer is really outstanding - everything's just OK. Important: BOTH beers mention 9.0 %ABV, not 8.5 %
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is wonderful of sour cherries and apples. Now its downhill from there. Appearance is dark orange with little head. Flavor is quite sour with a certain musky taste I could do without. It's kind of a poor man's Orval in a way. Palate is a little bitter but quite thin. Overall a so-what kind of Belgian. A "different" beer.
RichardGretton (4407) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful golden belgian ale, with a slightly citric and bitter aroma. Bubble gum flavour with a very intense bitter/fruity finish. A strong drink slightly disappointing in the palate stakes. Overall it is just above average.
jerohen (2062) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 Clear orange colour, thick and mostly lasting head. Yeasty, hoppy aroma. Spicy, watery flavour. Dry and bit bitter finish. Very average belgian ale. I perhaps even prefer the X-mas brew. Re-rate aged version (bottled 03-1999, tasted 18-11-2006). Totally flat. Hazy orange, yeast particles, no head whatsoever. Fruity aroma, predominantly apple. Pretty sweet flavour still, but with obvious notes of ageing. Slightly alcoholic. Although it’s probably past its peak i’d say it’s better than a fresh one. Rating reflects aged sample (fresh sample: 3.2).
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orange flavour. White head. Strong alcohol presence both in smell and taste. Taste of honey, apple and hints of hop. Taste like a dream!
jaymobrown (1732) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apricot fizzy appearance. Good sized head that lasts some time. Chewy texture with the all the fizz that's going on. Light floral in the nose, spiced rum apple taste. Didn't think the alcohol was too high, but some of the flavors do get lost. A little more complexity in the taste would be nice.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2003 is this beer or wine? seriously, i thought it had a much higher ABV. a nice belgian brew in the likes of Chimay White. one set me off just fine. nice fizz to it and a nice alcohol after taste. i thought it was very good.
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a lackluster belgian ale. I expected more flavor, especially with the 8.5% ABV. Pours golden yellow like a pilsner. Hints of honey and fruit, but just hints. Good for someone that is looking for a drink in the summer of wants to break into belgian ales.