Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its been awhile since I had this. Drank a full bottle to the head during the superbowl. Finished right before the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that no one in the room cared about within 10 seconds. Especiallly not me. I was too enamored with the Bleu.
cheubi (15) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is THE definition of the style! I first enjoyed it in a Belgian bar in Helsinki, Finland. It has a relatively light mouthfeel that tricks the palate into feeling that the alcohol punch is smaller than it really is (9% abv). Balanced, smooth and wonderful! If you can find it in the U.S., try it!
vanvenlo (1305) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8 May 2004 - Light malt aroma. Clear dark brown. Flavour has a slight bitterness with smooth rounded stone fruit and mocha roast malt notes. Fizzy medium mouthfeel.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a large head. Yeast-dominated aroma and a sweet, dry flavor. Little evidence of alcohol. Very good, but I was a little disappointed with this one.
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, with an initially fizzy head. Minimal lacing. Sweet aroma with some clove and yeast. Taste is sweet with some brown sugar, dried fruit, yeast and a nice maltiness. Alcohol warms the throat. Overall, I’m not really sure why it’s rated so high. It’s a great brew, but not as good as trois pistoles or maudite, which are rated lower.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one is THE beer. Light, sweet, full body, full head that lasted right through to the end of the drink in abundance. Aromatic, high alcohol content... this beer is a subtle alpha beer!
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Bottled 330cl. Lovely aroma of fruit and alcohol. Deep brown colour with long lasting thick gloopy off-white head. The taste is typically Belgian - candy sugar, fruitiness vinuous, but there is a certain unbalancedness to it. Not sure if this is a complexity thing or a fault in the beer. I know people reckon this has changed dramatically over the years, and its perhaps not as good as my first impressions of 12 or so years ago but it’s still a fine beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7 and 4.1. Score unaltered
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I know that this beer has been sampled more times than James Brown, so I will keep it short...............................
IT WAS GOOD =)
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from 2002. Pours a deep mahogany colour with a thick tan head. Aromas of raisins, chocolate, malts, belgian yeast. The flavour is just awesome dark fruits ie; rasins, prunes, big maltiness, breadlike yeastiness nice finish. I’ve had this beer fresh before ( within 6 months anyway) and the 2yrs of ageing have definatly helped. Definately a classic once aged properly.
shrubber85 (7938) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Bottle - Sweet malt and acetone aroma. Dark brown and cloudy with light tan head. A very complex flavor - dark, dark chocolate/coffee malt - slightly sweet with a mild acetone/alcohol finish. This beer had a much more chalky/atringent flavor when I first bought it but after aging this beer for 6 months it mellowed out considerably.