aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 Yowza: great head, nice lace, dark ruby color, burnt hot chocolate aroma; taste is sweeter than expected, not the overwhelmingly alcohol taste I expected; very nice, very nice indeed.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very active carbonation, dark reddish-brown color, head stays thick forever. Very smooth and easy to drink, alcohol taste quite noticeable. Overall, an excellent and very accessible strong Belgian ale.
larzi (7) - DENMARK - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2003 Creamy foamy long lasting head
Thick, dark. pretty roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate.
Gotta love it
Tastes great at almost room temperature.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown body with a foamy thick head. The aroma of leather and sour. The flavor was sour with Brets. A good full carbonation.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Think dark, stormy, full bodied, burnt malt, hint of Belgium chocolate. Surprisingly smooth for a dark ale that packs a punch in the alcohol stakes.
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beer that will ever be poured on the earth. I consider this the gateway to belgian beer. Palate feels just right. But overall the beer feels pretty heavy, like thx-giving in a bottle. The more room temp this beer is the better... nothing like a "next-day" chimay. :)
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 This beer is characterized by a nice head with small bubbles and some medium sized ones. The head is long lasting and has a nice tan color. The aroma is non-offensive and mild. Its color is a dark non-transparent brown with some particles suspended. The flavor is mellow and very much top my liking. it is not overly strong though and does not have that immediate feeling that other strong beers can give. All in all one of the better beers I have rated. GF gave is an alright rating. I later re-rated this brew. I had an extremely upset stomach after trying this beer. I had noted previously that there were others who experienced this problem. Hence, my rating was lowered.
This rating came from a bottle at the Summer Gathering of 2003 that was advertised as being 9 years old. It poured a medium head of fine to largely sized brown bubbles and a brown body. It had a strong alcohol aroma. The problem I had was that it may have been passed its prime. I thought it smooth, but flat and was missing its true character. You could still taste the alcohol though.
Sparhawk (8) - Karlskoga, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The king of belgian beer, this one is just simply great, good nice taste and not that bad alcoholtaste that you encounter in other strong beers
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer tastes very good and smells very sweet. This beer gave me rediculous heart burn and caused me to get the alcohol overheated-feeling after just a few drinks. I loved the taste, but this beer did not agree with me well.
jhart2 (19) - USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity smell, wonderful color. I love the taste and finish, a very intersting ale.