xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Silky is the only word I can use to describe how it feels in your mouth. I taste raisins, some spices, a little bit of pine, plums, and barely any alchohol. One of my favorites still.
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark,loamy ,Earth-tone brown..with a slight rubyish accent with a nice sized light tan head..beautiful.
A fantastic aroma..rich and plummy almost figlike some blackcurrant shines through too..great.
Great tasteing brew very deep and complex with the plum and fig to the fore..nice alcohol warmth from this baby.
Despite the strong alcohol its easy to drink..this could gget a guy in trouble!
80skid (65) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is robust yet light. Has a nice, off-white foamy head that lasts for quite a while. Taste is a lot like the aroma...light yet full of flavor. Goes down extremely smooth and leaves a nice aftertaste. Definitely a good beer to try, even at $10 a bottle.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a full light brown head. Rich aroma most strongly characterized by raisins and yeast.
A smooth beer with pleasing flavor of raisins, yeast, an underlying tartness, and a mild bit of alcohol. Leaves a light lingering taste of roasted malt and fruit.
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A lovely meeting with an old friend. 1/03 bottling, still quite young. Deep brown with a hint of red, head like a pillow that simply refuses to fade away. Lovely aroma of raisins, yeast, and port. Mouthfull of flavor, more raisins, more port, more yeast, combining with violets, a bit of roastiness, and something ephemeral I can only find in a chalice of Chimay. I do think it has lost just a touch of the malty depth it used to have, but it is still worthy of homage.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mainly ruby hue with orange hints. Very nice head off-white head. Aroma is malty with some sour hints. Very smooth, almost creamy. Taste is roasted and slightly nutty. Very good belgian.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep ruby with hints of orange. Big frothy lively tan head. Apple tart aroma. Some earthy malt aromas with definite alcohol notes. Shockingly smooth flavors. Tart and fruity with very balanced flavors. Body is medium. Alcohol is noticeable and the finish is very dry.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its just so smooth. That is what I feel stands out about this beer. If flows over the tongue like cream. I could detect no alcohol which suprised me considering the ABV. Flavors blend so well that it is hard to break apart. I would have to say slight musty leather with fruit. Nothing about the flavor jumped out at me. It was just a pleasant example of the core taste from most belgians I have had.
jayc (28) - USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Near perfect ... will impress even the most German of beerdrinkers and hellraisers. Get some and make anything to go with it --- it's that good!
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour, lasting off-white head. Nutty, malty nose. Very complex body. Taste of nuts and malt dominates. Slightly bitter and long finish.