crazyvin (1911) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice hoppy ale with a fruity aroma that is not overpowering, a well balanced ale
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet fruity aroma of black cherries.Strong carbonation.Flavors of mild chocolate,cherries and pinapple.Mild bitterness at the finish.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 Didn't like this beer too much the first time I tried it; much better on this trial, though it still didn't blow me away. Mostly clear and deep red-brown with some small bubbles rising from the bottom in single-file plumes. Cakey, off-white head lasted long. Sharp, yeasty nose. Active carbonation in the mouthfeel above a light and somewhat smooth malt texture. Sweet, candy-like flavors in the malt were nice, but they didn't last long; came and went quickly within each sip. Alochol warmed the throat a little. Dryish and clean finish, with some lingering flavors (toasted bread and a very mild hop bitterness). Overall, not bad, but not overly exciting either.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found an incredible deal on this beer at the Bargain Bank in San Francisco: $3.99 for a 750 mL bottle! Unable to pass it up. Vey slight barnyard aroma. Slight apple aroma. Sweet and malty. Some caramel. Creamy. Medium body. Nice beer. Didn"t seem to be spiced.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had no idea this was 8.5 while drinking it, well done. Strongly malty with caramel and spice. Great choice for a winter - the belgian characteristics worked very well.
jonas (5603) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity estery, some alcohol in the nose
Dark red, thick creamy head.
Caramel and fruit.
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully complex aroma, deep and earthy. Has some weizenbock aroma to it -malty/yeasty. Cherry wood, alcohol, orange peel and cinammon. Caramelized sugar. Deep ruby-brown with thin lacing off-white foamy head. At first a champagne like fizziness with a medium watery body. Starts a bit sweet on the tongue and kind of spicy (cloves or cardammon). Nice hit of bitterness but mainly malty with some complex fruity/peppery undertones. Mild bitter finish and warming in the belly. After of grape skin/grape seeds. Overall, a very light taste, though heavier and less sweet than the dubbel.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2003 Pours deep ruby/mahogany with a huge frothy beige head and tiny bubbles dancing to the surface. Nose is spicy (cinnimon, clove). Flavor: Starts champange like, complex and spicy and finishes dry and brandy like. You can feel the alcohol in your tummy.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2003 Thanks to MikeForney for this one. Nice dark ruby red/brownish color, with a smallish head. Aroma is slightly acidic, possibly with roasted malt notes. Flavor is somewhat sweet, with a hint of bitterness for just a moment. Roasted malt present. Not my favorite Belgian, but a decent brew alltogether.
Draft, in a snifter: Dark red color with medium off white/tan head. Aroma was sweet and malty, with an almost rootbeer-like quality. Flavor was sweet, spicey, malts obvious, and again a rootbeer sweetness throughout. An interesting brew, somewhat different. I enjoyed it.
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - JAN 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light raisins notes in the nose - overall pleasant but not strong. Dark caramel brown color and a low tight head. Heavy toasted malt body with dark fruit tastes - raisins or figs. Short spicy finish. Full body and smooth. Was a great dessert beer with our baked apples.