VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sparkling dark gold. Thin, dense white head. Tiny bubbled carbonation. Strong alcohol aroma mixed with berries and sugar and floral hops. First sip is burning, wretched hard liquor like alcohol. Mild hop overlay and smothered caramel sweetness. Good god. The harsh burn is set aflame in the gut instantly. Medium body. Slightly fluffy. Disgustingly alcoholic through and through. Even warmer it just tastes like harsh, hoppy, sweet whiskey. Not very sticky but still. Aging may help temper the overpowering alcohol but I doubt it. Too bad, because it’s a nice looking brew.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong presence of alcohol, not a lot of flavor, but very warming. Have some aging and will re-rate.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty standard but pretty damn good at the same time, sharp and hoppy but nothing to set it apart
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I wasn’t really feeling it with this beer. Taste didn’t strike me as interesting. Nice at 12% though. Maybe it can get better with age.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Distinct apricot in the nose and palate. Very good overall. Nicely made.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was immediately struck by the butterscotch flavors. Hazy copper coloring. A decent, if not overly sweet, beer for a Belgian Strong Ale. Some will like it, I personally don’t think I’ll order it again.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hmmm.. first thought, butterscotch, Second thought, alcohol...
Ernest (5923) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (mold, cobwebs), with notes of alcohol, apple, and cardboard. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pretty well-balanced for its size, but the aroma (as with most other Dubuisson brews) just doesn’t do much for me.
leaparsons (7504) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is one of grain and pepper. Good start. As for taste - this is way too sweet for me. It’s syrupy and cloying with not much dryness. Get a Duvel instead.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus and yeast aroma. Copper colour, big vanilla head. Tastes like mild Cointreau, with super maltiness. The usual Belgian mouthfeel, strong tongue tingle. Loads of carbonation, complex. A True Belgian Strong Ale!