DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
# 500. Caramel, plums, molasses and brown sugar aroma. Hazy red plum colour, with a medium toffee head, and plenty of carbonation. Treacle, raisins, hazelnuts and roasted malt flavours. Wonderful mouthfeel, great tongue tingle and very complex. An extremely fine Belgian Strong Ale.! Thanks to My Partner Anna for her patience with my passion for Good Beer. OX~
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appears to be a 2002 bottle (best before Sep/2004, just arrived in stores). Head is initially average-sized, fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark orange-brown, light density of tiny particles. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, milk chocolate), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of clove, orange, and anise. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The malt sweetness isnít nearly rich/thick enough to match the big bitter finish, making this stark, thin, and unbalanced. Aroma is a bit yeast-heavy, but otherwise pleasant. Well hidden alcohol. Third [and almostly certainly final] review, not a fan.
Ungstrup (27766) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brown beer with a small head. The aroma is fruity as ale yeast often renders. The flavor is a little flat - but it has a good ale taste - slightly sour and fruity. A very nice ale.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
smoot with zesty carboation. i was overwelmed with tastes on the first few sips - oranges, coriander, cinnamon and vanilla spring to mind. after a few sips , it tastes muc a like a good belgian triple - a couple of people ave already pointed out the similarity to Victory but iím more inclined to compare it top the stoudts abbey triple.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite out of all the corsendonks. great beer. nice color and the taste is comparible to kasteel donker.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 750 ml bottle, pours a hazy brown color, huge frothy tan head. fruity, bready aroma smells kind of like fruit cake, matly and sweet fruity-candy like butterscotch flavors, full body, creamy thick mouthfeel, a great holiday ale.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown with a nice tan head. Nose full of spice and dark fruit. Medium body, alcohol definately evident.Nice way to start the holiday season a little early.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium-brown, little head that dies quickly; looked like a barley wine. Strong brandy/plum aroma/flavor, with some noticeable alcohol, licorice, raisins, perhaps just a hint of nutmeg, and more bitterness than I expected. Warming, good body, slight astringency at the end. I looked forward to this for a while; though the holiday I drank it closest to is Halloween, I am pleased.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 Well it is exactly 2 months and 2 weeks until Christmas, can you believe it ? Dark rich Belgian Ale, much better than Corsendonk's other selections. I can taste fruit,raisins and caramel . This remind me of Traquair House Jacobite Ale,without the odd flavors of that one, even though I know they are different styles. The first Frost of the season is forecast for Sunday, here ,and this beer is a wake up call to Winter is coming,I like Winter, snow and the Holidays, it is a Winner, Recommended ! 2003 Version,burnt,salty, flavours do not mix well. and not pleasing nothing like last years that was so good. I do not recommend this Ale this year it is against the grain, Not Recommended for 2003 Rating for 2002 (4.4)
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 750 ML bottle: Maybe it wasn't a good idea to drink an entire bottle of this after the first GABF session, nah, it was a great idea. Super malty, spicy and full of dark fruit aroma, appearance of old chunky apple cider, wonderful smooth mouthfeel. This stuff just slides down your throat and doesn't show any sign of its high ABV%. I'll be trying this again as soon as I see another bottle.