adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A big wonderful, belgian strong ale. Spicy & palate pleasing. Aroma is sweet & toasty, without an overbearing alcohol scent.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
moderately toasty nose, bronze color, spice nose. semi sweet malt, lingering cany dry alcoholic finish. great complexity in a nice fruity drink. I would definetly drink again. A great brew
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a large, creamy, off-white head that stayed
to the last drop. Fantastic lacing covers the glass. Tiny bubbles dance
feverishly in this bottle conditioned ale. Heavy malt and caramel aroma,
mingle with a cacophony of spices. If it weren't for the ABV this
would probably be considered a "spiced beer". First sip is
sweet, followed quickly by a wallop of alcohol and hop bitterness. Quite
warming, almost burning. Finishes rather dry, almost lager-esque.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Brewbandit for this bottle. Nice good Christmas beer. Nice hop flavor mixed with the spicyness.
bierkoning (9567) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty grapearoma. Full bodied, good lacing, almost prickly. Malty flavor with grapes and lots of alcohol. Good strong beer, but lacks a bit of complexity.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is the best thing about this beer; even though the abv is high, the alcohol notes in the aroma are soft, mellow and malty allowing an assortment of fruits to come through - and each person will discover their own: apples and strawberries are among those I found. The mouthfeel is excellent - firm, but not too thick. The alcohol has been put to work well, allowing a good depth of sweetness that just stays this side of sickening syrup, and providing a good degree of soft, spreading warmth. It's main fault is that, other than the smooth sweet warmth, there is little going on. The finish is quite quick, and even a little bit watery. Aside from the aroma this is one dimensional and easily forgetable.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice clear dark amber with frothy head. Scents of alcohol predominate over the drier than anticipated malty sugary sweetness. Overall a good brew for a cold night.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber; thick creamy head. Nose gives blast of alcohol, sweet and a bit of candi sugar. Taste is fine brandy-like alcohol
full blast, dark tobacco. Much sweetness, but not cloying. Retronasal bitterness, composed by some hops, vegetable and burnt
malts. Alcoholburn in the palate, tingling carbonation. Extremely full-bodied, very good balance. Aftertaste of mocca-bitterness
but the sweetness tends to becom oppressive. Flavour of Grand Marnier.
Pabobcat (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 Reddish copper, not overly carbonated, has a lot going on in the mouth. starts of malty sweet and ends with a nice slight sour finish.
I wish I would have waited longer on this one hopefully I'll be able to get some more?
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Pours deep amber clear with medium carb, initial medium foamy head. Not much retention or lacing. Very fruity sweet aroma (apples, berrys?)with a slight smell of alcohol. Spicy though sweet fruity flavour with hop bitterness at the end followed by a whack of alcohol :) Smooth, though could feel fuller. Bit too alcoholic for its tastes IMO. Re-rate: Light spice/cara in aroma. Dark amber with beige head. Sweet fruits and malt with a light spiec finish. Slightly thin in mouthfeel. Ok. (Previous score 3.6)