jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel, little iron aroma. Brown color, light brown head, large foam bubbles, fair lace. Sweet, few flavors, little caramel, where’s the 9% alcohol? Long lasting finish with just some caramel. Bit boring but drinkable.
SteC (137) - Oostende, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I consider this one a average Belgian abbey Beer.
caesar (5345) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Dark brown color, with creamy lasting head. Malty, bready aroma. Sweet malts, bready, chocolat, small alcohol presence. Thick palate.
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light bodied, malty, I can feel the alcohol more than I can taste it -- a little burn and pepper, lightly flavored and I’m reaching to find suggestions of graham cracker, citrus and oxidized hop aromas. I thought this sucked and then it started to bloom at what must have been about 56F. More aromatic and flavor detail. Tasty and worth revisiting.
jerohen (2032) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Roasty-malty flavor. A bit heavier than the Brune. Re-rate: Bottled (9%), BB 2003 (bottled 2001?), approximately 11 years old. Still some carbonation, small head, very dark brown colored. Aroma of port, molasses, malts, seems a little bit overaged. Initially bittersweet port flavor, but later on in finish an explosion of complexity, raisins, figs, malts, molasses, barley, wow. Perhaps aged a few years too long (especially for the aroma), but at around 8 years this stuff must be absolutely magnificent.
Ernest (6356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy
dark orange-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is
moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, citrus -
lemon), lightly yeasty (mold), with notes of alcohol, bubble gum, and
peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to
medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic,
moderately astringent. Poorly hidden alcohol, light/watery, and
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Raisinny aroma. Sweet flavor. Roasted malt, raisin, pear.
Re-rate: up a few points. It is a very nice beer, although not very complex. Found some chocolate and tropical as the beer warmens.
skortila (4631) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sweet taste, like cherries or something. Dying head, very dark colour like a porter or stout. Roasted malt-sour taste. Soft palate. This is definately a very special brew, somesort of a marriage between a porter and a belgian strong ale.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Have only had in Belgium and it was generally available everywhere. Liked the color, malts and easy drinking for the alcohol level.
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer. Malty taste, some raisins, roasty. Alcohol very well hided.