NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial pour yields a crackling, bubbly head over an intriguing ruby-amber body. Lightly yeasty aroma, offering a complex array of figs, dates, musky cologne, tanins, and carob. Solid Belgian malt profile, candy sugar and bananas, and some pepper. Lightly astringent, but the yeast pour softens it up a bit. The dry finish lingers on very nicely. Unfortunately, the very fizzy texture kept me from thoroughly enjoying an otherwise spectacular ale.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 I love this stuff, but the Gran Reserve is much better. Great complexity of flavor, nice spicy, slightly fruity aftertaste.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got to admit I was expecting much more from this beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
i had one of these as part of a world beer tour at an old chicago restraunt and i can honestly say i’m not ready for this one. the flavor was terrible almost like a cough medicine.best left to the real conniseurs of this style
scpullen (25) - Hitchin, Herts, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lovely stuff...bought the blue as well so i am really looking forward to giving that a try
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 This trappist ale pours a clear amber color with a big, off-white head. The head lingers and produces good lace. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and yeasty with hints of banana and malt. Medium body with full carbonation, the flavor is malty with some balance provided by the hops. The finish is sweet with a touch of malt and banana flavorings. Great ale.
cckevin (38) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fruity aroma, but not overpowering. Slightly cloudy, with small yeast particles floating. Excellent head, and wodnerful retention of the tiny bubbles. Not very bitter, but a stronger alcohol flavor than I was expecting... It finished nicely however. I will certainly buy it again.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I liked it better than the bleu too. You can tell its a belgian, but its like a light belgian without the massive notes of spices and malts, but more subdued and on par with a normal spiced up ale (if you can make sense of that). And I dont mean LIGHT, at 7 percent the alkee is still hidden. Perfectly balanced. The nose was this chewy yeasty vapor trail and the taste was spice and malts. The finish amazed me with these caramel highlights and tastes. Really good.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had the opportunity of having this aged 2 years and let me tell you it was like drinking the beer of the gods.
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20