JonMoore (2052) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old gold coloured with large foamy white head. My bottle says 9% ABV btw. Aroma is citrus, floral, sweet malts and esters. Taste is honey, sweet malts and fruity esters. Smooth, moderately carbonated with a long sweet finish with a touch of bitterness. Very nice.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light gold with orange accents. Extreamly phenolic in both aroma and flavor. The nose, which is malt accented, puts forth hints of clove, banana, medicines and a touch of spicy hops. Very mellow and again, very phenolic. Notes of soft ripe fruits are present along with herbs, mint and spice. Not sensational but still quite good.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has a amber body - hue apperance and a light pink scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and no carbonic acid. The initial flavor tast is acid with a strong afther tast.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2004
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
In 1798 the Flemish Peasants ("the brigands") drove the French soldiers out of Ingelmunster. <P>
In 2004 the Flemish Ale ("Brigand") drove the English Pot Roast out of my belly solely with its rancid aroma. Foolishly, I said "no way I just puked over the smell of a beer!" So I took a sip - there went the potatos and carrots! <P>
Cork dated 3/1997, opened 9/2004. Gee, I think this beer might have turned in 7 1/2 years. I guess the "Has a shelf life of two years" would have been wise to read before I filled my sink - first with my regurgitated dinner - second with this beer-turned-syrup-of-ipecac!
SpringsLicker did say this was a "love it or hate" it beer! My diaphragm has spoken!
I'll re-rate when I get a fresher sample and some courage to journey down this same road.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little disappointing Belgian Ale with a dominating sweet and malty character. Pretty full palate but too sweet IMHO.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark golden with small head. Sweet, little wheaty, little spice, too fizzy.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color off this beer is warmgolden with a coppery accent.It was not very vivacious.The nose off this brigand is dominated by malt aroma’s.It also has hints off accidity (green appel and lime)but also a sweet alcohol touch. The taste is full,dry and malty. It also has a reflex off woodtannins and a lime like impession in the afthertaste.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some malt sweetness in the nose, floral hops, orange or citrus oil, witbier esters. Very pleasant. Medium amber clear with creamy off-white lacing head. Medium watery body with very active, but not harsh, carbonation. Taste is very sweet to start, but light like a heavy alcohol tripel. Candy sugar, fruity esters, and light acidity. Finish is sweet - sticks to the tongue, but also some drying bitterness. After remains sweet for a while, light acidity, and mild bitterness. Can taste/feel the alcohol. A dessert beer.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gingery orange colour. Lasting off-white head. Typical spicy, bready yeast aroma with apple undertones - quite appealing. The flavours let it down somewhat. Vague spicy fruit, but tartness and alcohol overpower any subtleties. Nothing very noteworthy or complex. The finish is rather sharp, with an alcohol burn. Not a lot of body. So so. I think I would describe this as a Belgian Strong Ale (bracketed with Piraat, Duvel etc) rather than a Belgian Ale, which seems to be a bit of a catch-all category. 330ml bottle, from beersofeurope.co.uk
IslandHaole (1178) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear orange/amber color with a medium foamy off-white head. This bottle clearly lists 9% alcohol.Malty scent with Oak and yeast tones to it. The wood and yeast carry over to the flavor up front with malty swwetness in the middle, a warming alcohol follow and a lingering moderately bitter aftertaste. A nice nightcap after a 15 hour day.