gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with a thick, foamy tan head that shrank down and left a fluffy blanket across the body for the duration. Cloves are the centerpiece surrounded by sweet malt, bananas and other alcohol macerated fruits. Flavor is sweet, spicy (mainly the cloves), malty, bananas, and apples. A tremendous depth of flavor that is not too complicated. The body has good consistency and flavors are blended well and very palatable. Finish is somewhat sweet and sour. Better than I remember the first time.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark cherry brown with tiny bubbles, big nose of sweet fruit and yeast. Malty and very tasty, yummy...although a bit of metallic flavor on the aftertaste.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
It have a great fruity taste and a great appearance but this beer leave me with the mouth completly dry:)
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 [magnum bottle from peckhams 04] big fruity Nose, complex, plums, backcurrants, strawberrys, yeast and a background hint of liquorice. body is excellent, finish is refreshing despite the 9% alcohol, very well disguised. brilliant stuff.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
But a shadow of its former self. After the recipe was changed in 2001 to use wheat starch and hop extract this beer has lost the wonderful complexity it has been known for.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, dark red body with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is dark fruits (plums and the like), malts, and alcohol. Flavors include fruit, bread, and syrup. The taste doesn’t exhibit the same alcohol characteristics as the aroma, although it is very warm and round.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Sampled from a rather attractive 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a murky dark brown color that turns to red when held to the light. There is a large light tan head. The aroma is sour, tart and fruity with notes of cherry, berry and caramel. The flavor is strongly sweet and sugary with sour malts, ripe black cherries, berries, notable caramel and faint hints of must and nutmeg. The finish was long, fruity and tart. Fairly thick body. Excellent.
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours red with thin khaki head, lots of carbonation. aroma is sweet dark fruit. flavor is the same, warm, very carbonated, dry.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the usual belgium red, hazt fairly active carbonation. Head is initially ver full, but diminishes very rapidlt, much like soda. Flavor is very dry, woody. Bananas, cloves, and apple core, as well as slight bubblegum are here, as is grass and tobacco. Ending is bitter and dry. Palate is slightly thin for the style.