maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours russet, nearly opaque. The average head, composed of large bubbles, collapses into a lovely, creamy film. Aroma is strangely lacking...some yeast, cinnamon-rasin bread, and sugar. Subtle vanilla, madiera, and chutney notes emerge with time. Flavors of Dr Pepper (without the sweetness), sawdust, paper, and alkaline concrete dust. Very faint cinnamon and menthol elements surface as the beer warms. Some back-of-throat alcohol burn. Palate is light and gassy to the last sip. Unusual aftertaste of copper, nylon tent, and leathery boiled beef. I swear this beer was tons better last time I had it; today, it tastes very oxidized.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Reddy brown with an aroma of cardboard and sugar. Dryish brew, thin bodied, hints of cardboard, artificial hop and a dull sweetness. Strange dry chemically malt finish with cardboard and alcohol. This used to be a decent beer, what happened? (Wine World, St Albans)
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is medium to dark brown. Overall smooth with a bite of hops and alochol especially at the end.
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Es una cerveza fuerte (9%) Es una buena cerveza de abadia. Bastante carbonacion
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark body, with lots of bubbles. Big head of grayish white bubbles. Smells of sweet malt, peach, and a little cocoa. Very nice, refined triple taste. Big malt, sugar, maple. Delicious. Still, I liked the red better.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Head is light tan, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Liquid is dark blood red under high intensity light, lots of carbonation, this is a Belgium brew. Nose on the pour is spicy warm cinnamon, yeast, carbonation and alcohol. Flavor is spicy, carbonation, well balanced. After taste is alcohol warm and slightly bitter. Good, but not my idea of a good beer, not a big Belgium beer fan, too much yeast and carbonation spoils the palate, IMO.
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off white head atop of tawny port coloured body. Found the aroma was of raisins and figs. Flavour has some slight chocolate, a little fruit(banana) and noticeable alcohol but not offensive. Medium body and an almost syrupy texture.
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some fruity aroma. The color is a nice deep orange/rust color. The flavor is subtle, but there is some fruitiness to it. It has good carbonation and a nice creamy head. Overall, a great beer.
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Believe it or not, I prefer the white label. The flavor of this beer is subtle compared to the aggregate sweetness of that beer. What is excellent about this beer, aside from the general superiority of a Chimay taste, is the beautiful dark color. Coming from the relatively blonde color of white label to this, a dark reddish brown... I suppose the pale color of the white is one of its less appealing qualities.
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 The Brew Pours a very interesting Colour and Head. The Colour is dark and Murky like the Red. The Aroma is strong and unyeilding with the presence of Raisins and Plums and Caramel and Toffee. The head is pronounced and creamy. The Flavour is that of Roasted Malts, Toffee, Coffee, Raisin, Alcohol, Eggnogg, and Hopps. An extraordinary combination of flavours that is quite appealing to the Palate. This is a very good brew. One that I will have again and again.