Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This belgian pours with a golden body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with a spicy, hoppy note and a slight metallic note. The flavor is sweet yet bitter and spicy with a good maltiness. Medium bodied, tingly from the carbonation and dry.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this one. Amber or honey colored, frothy white head. Floral aroma, mixed well with honey and a slight alcohol burn, and funkyness like leather. Balanced finish.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick murkey orange, big white head. Musty orange malty aroma. Thick malty flavor, thick must alcohol covered malts dominate.
Crockett (1054) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spot on Gorgeous Amber pour. I'm surprised I didn't see any haze. Nose is fruity with alcohol. Quite still. Has definate alcohol warmth. It's quite bitter at the start. Warms up and butterscotch and toffee malts start to shine. This one didn't blow me away, although I would definately order it again.
hotstuff (4643) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This is why I like a good Belgian Strong Ale...high ABV, full flavor and a bit of a burning sensation as it goes down. This is definitely a sipping beer in my opinion and that's just what I'm doing! It poured a small sized tan head that was fairly smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles that fully diminished. The body was mostly hazy/murky, carbonated with an orange-brown hue. The nose was malty, caramel, sweet and alcohol. The flavor was sweet, caramel, alcohol and full flavored from start to finish. This beer had an alcohol burning sensation as it went down. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. If you like BSA's, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.
thedm (5281) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a minimal lace. The body is a very hazy semi opaque light brown color with a lot of yeast floating in it and no visible carbonation. The aroma was doughy yeasty and contains some floral notes. The mouth feel is like "OH WOW!" very vinuous potent right from the start. It wakes your mouth up! Oh yeah baby! Then the palate settles into a nicer vinuous tingle that lasts a long time. The flavor is that of malt, yeast, dough and mild caramel.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large white lasting head. Amber colour. Sweet, fruit (oranges), alcohol burn, long bitter finish.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
It says amber on the bottle and that's just what it is, with a slight red tinge. Not very lively. Fruity malt aromas - I get banana for some reason - but also something a little musty and murky lurking in the background. The alcohol level is well disguised at this point but there's no hiding it in the mouth an on the finish. In fact, the finish is more like an afterburn in the gullet. Still malty, but fiery too, reminiscent of a not too smooth whisky. Something a bit syrupy lingers in the mouth. A real monster, but none too refined. I can feel the indigestion coming on already. Bottle (250ml)
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 I tried this one tonight after a great big tender steak and it fairly blew me away..The taste was amazing, yet very bitter. The 12% ABV is wonderful, as I love to drink a beer with extra grunt. You know that there are so many beer drinkers out there that are missing out on this new world of trying different beers.
The flavour is great, almost like drinking raw hops, palate was not as good as what I expected, however was ok, aroma, well this has got be be good dosn't it? It was! I noticed a great amount of froth when pouring, (maybe it was as a consequence of it coming all the way to Oz from Belgium?)
I liked it.
GregClow (3040) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-amber colour with a light haziness and no head. Warm, sweet aroma of malt and alcohol with some fruit notes. Flavour is full and complex, with notes of nutty caramel, peach, whisky and mild spice. Warm, lingering finish.