Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was so spicey, roasty, and toasty, I just don’t know whether I’m comin’ or goin’. It’s actually a pretty unique flavor that makes me thinks that those Belgians know what they’re doing.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, but perhaps slightly over-rated in my opinion.
Panzuriel (1223) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yeasty and Odd. Green and unfinished. Strangly sweet and not in a good way. The Chimay Premere is much better.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong banana esters. Some alcohol aroma. Malt and subtle roastiness. Fruity. Subtle papery taste -- oxidized? Good regardless...
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby-brown color. Huge off-white head typifies the style. Typical Belgian dark aroma is somewhat vinous and spicy. This Belgian is not overly sweet or complex. It’s alright, I’m just not as smitten with it as I was before I started exploring the world of Belgian ales. It’s still a good solid beer, but it’s still on the bottom rung compared to the other trappist ales I’ve had the pleasure of tasting.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Giant head, almost too much so. Deep brown in color with a flowery aroma that hints of earthy fruits and honey. Flavor is very mellow to start with the same earthy fruits, flowers and some rasin. Towards the end of the bottle there was a hint of spice possibly the yeast. The bottle I had could have been cellared a lot longer but was still greatly enjoyable. The best belgian ale I have had yet. Would recommend this to anyone.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Darak red-brown with an off-white head. Aroma was earthy with a slight flowery smell, not very strong though (may have been too cold). Complex flavor is tough to describe, apart from saying its good - malty, fruity, earthy, with a dry, warm finish. I really liked this beer.
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
mmmmm...this is a great beer,Lots and lots of taste,nice sweetnes,the taste stays with u all night (in a pleasant way =) )
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a tan foamy head. Malty nose similar to Aventinus wiezenbock. Spice & fruit flavors.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 This is the best belgian beer I have had. Lot of head, the taste grows in your mouth. A winner! Added 120802: Remember to go for an old one, just compared a '2000' with a '2002', the oldest is the best, the '2002' seemed a bit sharp/alcoholic.
Rerate 191004: This had definately changed. Still a good beer, but it has lost some "personality"