Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a huge head, light brown. Nice lacing as the carbonation settles. The aroma was of spice, caramel/malt. Smooth tingly bubbles, slight fruit notes in the finish. Nice brew!
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeast and lemon aroma. Champagne head. Taste is slightly oakey with yeast, citrus and an alcohol finish.
thegreenrooster (3601) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep read with a huge tan head. Aroma is earthy and smokey. Flavor is actually kind of bland. I did not get what most raters found in theirs. Its mostly just roasted malts that donít stand out. Maybe its b/c the beer is old, im having this in may. Possible re-rate, iíll give it a second chance next year.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown rum fire carried by fierce bubbling...Cloves nesting on dry tobacco leaves...Roasted malt is muddled, a green back bitterness tries to affirm itself...Thin and bland for a Belgian Christmas ale...The recipe has been altered or this is just severely overrated...
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance proposes a huge off-white head over a dark brown body. Aroma is quite rich, very spicy with tons of cinnamon, cardomom, thyme, sage, ginger, nuts, caramel, tobacco, chocolate and a mild alcohol touch. Quite complex and appealing. It's another story on the palate though where we have another sad case of beer whose aroma doesn't match the aroma's promises. The flavors are just not so well blended together and the balance lacks where it's just some vaguely thrown spices to stop the sweetness. Not to help anything, it's very effervescent on the tongue, almost fizzy. Finish is malty sweet and a bit unclean.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(sampled from a 3 l bottle) Dark brown with a huge tan coloured thick head. Wonderful aroma of spices, lemon, smoke, nuts, choclate, toffee and vanilla. Complex flacour of hazelnuts, chocolate, vanilla, oranges and raisin. Quite smooth mouthfeel. Long warming finish of roasted malt, chocolate and sweetened/sour oranges. Wonderful stuff!!!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, dark amber body with a nice and thick brown head. Aroma is malty, with some smokey and fruity hints. Taste is citrusy, and a tad smokey. Nice and smooth mouth feel, witha slight bitterness on the finish. Thanks goes out to Doug Shoemaker for hooking me up with this.
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Massive head. Candi-sweet, yeasty aroma. Musty, leathery. Fairly high carbonation. Caramel and slight bitter finish. Pleasant, but not too (sniff, snort) complex and a bit pricey for what it is.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark browish appearance with good head that disappears slightly. It had a slight toast smell but, not much to speak of. Taste was malty with that toasted/roasted smell sneaking back in. The finish was slightly bitter but, mostly malty.
Frank (3531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Umber in color. Very slightly grey, initially thick head that diminishes to a lasting one eighth inch. I noticed some rather large and gross-looking brown chunks even on the first pour even though it definitely wasn't spoiled. Vaguely spicy nose is vinous with a note of chocolaty malt. Low carbonation, quite smooth but a bit watery. Loaded with dark malt flavor--raisin molasses. Lots of spicy esters with a hint of alcohol and bitterness in the finish. A top notch Belgian despite a few flaws.