Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper, loose tan head.Malty,light carmel nose.Starts malty, then finishes spicy with harsh alcohol heat.
jonas (5276) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best before 5.2003
Caramel malt, spices, apple/cider and port aroma.
Brown amber creamy blanket head - yeastclumps if you are clumsy like me.
Grandma's prune liquor on the tastebuds.
Full sherrylike aftertaste.
Exits with a spinning room.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clouded amber body, thick head formation, fine natural carbonation. Nose has a strong malt accent with a woody, toasty, sherry aroma. Fresh green apples are evident as well as a little prune like character which bears some resemblance to a barley wine albeit in more moderate quantities. Exquisite smooth creaminess on the palate that allows this beer to slide down fairly easily. The palate is complex, with a typical Belgian yeastiness, toasted caramel flavors and a spicy hop finish with a restrained but noticeable bitterness. Some nutty flavors linger in the aftertaste. The 12% alcohol doesn’t interfere too much or kill off the flavors but does provide a hearty warming aftermath. Alcohol is just about right balance and allows other flavors to come through.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear amber color with a small, white head that lingers quite well. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with some spice and yeast notes. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is fruity with hints of apple and pear, the finish is yeasty and very warming from the alcohol. The alcohol is definitely present, but not at all over powering. I find the alcohol accentuates the fruitiness of the beer in the finish. I really like this, the only complaint I have is the bottle is too small (8.4 oz).
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Bottled: Light amber coloured. Clear. Frothy lasting head. Alcahol, sweets and notes of spices in the nose. Too much alcahol dominates the other flavours. Able to recognise some fruity and spicy accents. Funny, a burp gives me coriander taste. Not very pleasant, but its there. There is some bitterness in the end. IMO not worth a revisit.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Belgian Strong! Beautiful color with a nice head (relatively speaking, it is a 12% afterall) and bubbles moving through. It's strong, to be sure, but to me the alcohol is not overpowering. It is quite delicious. It is a beautiful color and very flavorful. I very much enjoyed this ale.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was way too much for me. A fruity belgain with an orangish color. Aroma was of mainly alcohol. Taste was of some fruit attempting to come through getting its ass kicked by alcohol. Maybe I haven't had enough beer of this ABV to be an accurate judge but it was similar to doing shots of Crown Royal. I was overpowered by this beer. It did not offer the complex flavor I like in a Belgian. I think I will pass from now on.
CapFlu (4252) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottle) Poured a large, frothy head and an amber-orange body. Alcohol and cognac nose much like that of 'XO Beer'. Flavours of strong, aviation fluid and cognac. Burn finish. Pretty bad experience...
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12% ABV means you have to expect a burn at the end, and you do. Beer is great but the alcohol is just too strong for me to enjoy this beer. However, if drinking beer for drunkeness is your goal than this is the one.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As the beer sets in its appropriate Scaldis glass, it appears a crystalline amber color, the head impressive in size, frothy in its consistency, the color an off white, as it degrades, the lace formed is a fine covering sheet. A hint of fusel alcohol, with a majority malt nose, citrus crisp fresh and a pleasure to the senses. Start is malt, tart, the top middling in feel, the finish is passably carbonated, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste and a nice “Belly Warming” sensation from the 12% ABV.