Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Burnt amber colour. Sweet, spicy roasted malt aromas. Roasted malt, with nutty spice flavours. Smooth palate with strong but disguised alcohol. A very complete beer. This rating was from a small bottle but I did age one of the larger bottles (purchased on location in Brugge) for about 18 months. It was slightly musty and didn’t appear to stand up to the aging well at all.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 330ml bottle: Lovely aroma! Sweet & fruity, yeasty, spicey, theres everything in there. It might just be me but I get a berry aroma too (raspberries??). Great long lasted sudsy beige head. Dark red-brown colour, clear when held to a light. Light carbonation visible. Initial taste of sweet and slightly sour fruits (berrys? raisins?), followed by a lovely spicey yeasty taste. Slight biterness to it, not sure if its due to burnt grains or heavy(ish) hopping, cant really tell. Alcohol *very* well disguised, though beer is served at around 15 degrees. Slightly flowery hop aftertaste present too. So many subtle flavours. Lovely smooth mouthfeel, fairly full, but thinner than you expect. A real winner IMO.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Strong alcoholic taste that overpowers the flavor lying underneath. I was disappointed in this beer, considering the high ratings given on by the ratebeer users. Once past the original sting, this beer has a nice taste and decent aroma. I prefer Chimay Red to this one, however. Original rate 3.3.
Re-rate: after having an 18 month old aged beer of this: I’m in love. Smells of raisin, roasted malt, musk, leather, leather and yeast. Mostly a musky and dark fruit taste with accents of yeast, horsehair, and chalk? Very easy to drink with the alcohol hidden. A great beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with an opaque dark reddish brown body topped by a huge lasting head with lots of lace. Slightly sweet and raisiny aroma with some spicy notes and a touch of yeastiness. Licorice notes are evident. Slightly sweet raisiny flavor with a touch of licorice and yeast. Remarkably smooth yet tingly on the tongue, full bodied and slightly warming.
Dredd (663) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer perfection. Doesn't get any better than this. Spicy, Malty and phenols, everything a trappist ale should be.
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice strong ale. Alcohol is masked nicely with all sorts of spiciness. Pours dark mahogany red. Drinks easily for a strong ale. I love the smell of yeast in the morning, or night, or whenever you drink this great ale.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown. Slight brown head. Roasted malts, fruity (dark ripe fruit as plums and pears), yeasty (meat gravy), sugar malts. Taste is bitter as from roasted malts. Heavy malty upbuild. Fine aromas from nose are more coarse here; yeast still there, fruit reduced to some pear & sweet banana. More bitter retronasal, liquorice, woody flavour. Full bodied, chewy. Alcohol remains hidden. Still a great beer. And yet, I'm missing something. I wonder how this ages, and find the magnificence I associate it with.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i wasnt digging on this as well as other belgians, was decent in flavor but did not show me anything i havent seen
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely, subtle beer. Dark red-brown, fine, light tan, lasting head. Comples nose w/ multigrain bread, hints of spice, citrus, dark fruit. taste is mild but interesting, nice balance between the malt and spice and alcohol presence.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great Belgian strong ale.Alcohol is very evident. The nose will smell many complex flavors going on in this bottle. A nice malty but smooth taste on the finish but by far one of the best belgian ales on the market. A great beer!