BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Corked bottle with 01/03 on cork Poured a reddish brown with a creamy tan head that settled down to a thin film. Aroma is spicy and with lots of yeast present. Peppery and slightly floral. Body is smooth and creamy and with an even carbonation. The flavor is a fruity malty one with yeast and sugar notes. Overall a fine Belgian that is the most available one I can think of.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, thick, brown beer under a smallish but foamy head. This is not my first bottle, but my first in a long while (a 750). I poured it into a Chimay chalice. The aroma is fruity, dried dark fruits and apricots, somewhat milky (skim milk smell). The first taste is a shock of carbonation, too much for me. Reminds me more of a Salvator than a fine Belgian, not that I don't like Salvator. The flavor is so lightly roasted as to be quite subtle, almost like a good brown ale. Fruits dominate, along with floral yeasties and mild but bitter-sweet molasses. Palate is most pleasing once I get used to the fizzy carbonation, but it seems somehow out of place for a strong-style beer. I wish the aroma and flavor were as complex as the mouthfeel.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An elegant brew. Poured a robust brilliant whitish head. I could taste subtle hints of fruit along with a definite malt flavor. I drank the big bottle and had a warm, rosy feeling in my cheeks almost like I had been drinking wine or champagne. Break this stuff out if you want to impress the ladies.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown, with a slightly reddish hue that sports a big beige head. The aroma is of raisins, toasted malts, caramel, with a bit of plum. Bubbly, complex flavors that give that nice Belgian tang - caramel flavors mixed with fruit, roasted malts, and a slight banana. This is a very good beer - delicious.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Poured a deep brown color with a big fluffy brown head. This beer was VERY malty with a very subtle hop tinge in the end of it. Even my friend who drinks BMC swill enjoyed this one a lot. Definitely one of my three favorites of all-time.
cubfanbudman (4) - USA - MAR 6, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If there is a beeter beer out there I have not had it. The beer poors a dark brown so you expect it to be heavy. I still can't believe how smooth and perfect this beer was.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 A wonderful beer, very fine selection. Very smooth flavor that gets better throughout. Very remarkable flavor and balance. Near perfect!!
bjbrown24 (61) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
AWESOME STRONG BEER WITH A GREAT COLOR AND A NICE HEAD. NOT TO OVERPOWERING JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BITTERNESS
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tight brown head over a dark red/rich brown beer. Carbonation fine and consistent. musty/fruity/sour aroma. Taste of malt with a back of the throat bitterness and notable alcohol. Some light lacing as the beer recedes....
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bit of overkill here to me. Its not as good as everyone raves about. Its far too overpowering and chemical/steel vat smells are over the top. Its flavour however were quite intense and interesting, don't know what to make of the flower bouquets...made me wanna sing "ring a ringa up ya ringa roses"