Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big Bottle. Sediment rich, dark brown color - opaque even when held to the light. Nice, frothy beige head that dissapates moderatly fast, Aroma of bananas. Nice mouthfeel - full, rich and bubbly, leaves a nice alcohol warmness in the back of the throat. There’s almost an astringent quality, my tongue sizzles from the carbonation, similar to drinking mineral water. I really like that. The flavor is pleasing. Malty, a bit fruity but not dominated by citrus, as many other brews are. Good stuff!
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Large bottle. A nice cloudy dark brown ale, I enjoy the mouthfeel of this very much. The flavor changes considerably from the top of the bottle to the bottom. Flavor is largely in the malt realm, not nearly complex enough to be one of the best. A highly drinkable brew, but still leaves a lot to be desired.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a frothy, whitish head that dissipated, and left a thin rind. Beautiful deep ebony, but lots of suspended sediment, that detracted greatly. Lack of yeasty nose, in fact little nose at all. Sharp bite up front that stings, but softens on the palate and lingers wonderfully. Biscuits and figs with a bit of caramel. I think this wasn’t the greatest bottle, may have been poorly handled, or old. Still a classic. I believe previous bottles have had more yeastiness. I’d love to have this on tap.
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very light and sweet aroma, with a nice pour. Taste is subtle for such a strong ale. Very good and enjoyable with each sip. Unlike many beers, I can resist the urge to want to slam this down real quick. I am enjoying every minute, it’s definitely a worthwhile pick.
I would imagine this is better then the other two offerings that can be easily found here in the US.
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red/brown color with a towering head. Spiced nose. The taste was a good mix of rich malt and spice with a little bread. I didn’t think this was as bad as this site has sometimes made it out to be, but nor is it the world’s greatest.
lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 15, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 Absolutely one of the very best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. A very strong, but not at all overpowering. 8% beer usually has too stout of a taste for me. This is the most incredibly tasty and smooth beer around. The higher than average alcohol content is just an added bonus.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003.Dark reddish brown.Big creamy head with some mohagany tones.Floral fruity spicey nose.Flavors were a little surprising here as I was expecting the same blast from this as I got from some other Belgians but the taste was much more subdued.Nothing that I would buy this again
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown with a white head that left a thin lacing on the glass and a film on the beer. Aroma is very pleasant and smells of sweet fruit. Intial taste is sweet and fruity with a moderate alcohol character. Leaves a clean taste in the mouth. Not as layered as Westvleteren 12, but a damn fine drink nonetheless.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amazingly complex brew that took a little getting used to for me. A solid whack of plum or raisins in the aroma. It poured to give a nice off-white head that lasted fairly long despite the high alcohol content. Unfortunately in Australia beers tend to be served extremely chilled, after letting it warm up a little the alcohol was still powerful and a bit harsh. Once the beer warmed up further the flavors seemed to come to more of a balance and the fruity/malty flavors cut a bit of the alcohol bite. Very long lasting finish with not much bitterness.
madquacker (1055) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes ... this is good. Rose flavours and a smoothness belying its alcohol content. My favourite Belgian beer to date. Much better than the Red.