DougShoemaker (3148) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of fruit and nuts. Russet colour. Like drinking a raison and peanut chocolate bar. Lucious.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Better than their pale. Port and raisins, I agree with the Commercial Description.
confusedboy0 (99) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 One of my favourites right now. But my taste changes like the wind..;-) Anyway one you need to try more than once.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 1/3 liter. Beautiful opaque thick brown color with a creamy tan head. Nose aged, yeasty, caramelly, bittersweet. Flavor malty but not really distinctive; doesnít have enough guts I guess. Rather highly carbonated for a dubbel, I think; nicely warming and smooth as it goes down.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - MAR 11, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite Belgian so far. Dark brown, best at room temp, the best part is from the bottom of the bottle with all the wonderful sediment!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love the raisins.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful black chocolate aroma with a nice raison and other fruit notes. Definately could use more of a malt presence.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown/red. Ok head and lace. Huge malty nose with raisons and plums. Very lush and a bubbly(in a creamy sort of way) in the mouth. Palate is filled with port flavors, raisons, lively as hell and some nice alcohol warmth. IMHO it can use some more malt development, that would seal the deal but this is good stuff!
shadey (1768) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 This beer has an outstanding flavor. I was very impressed. Highly recommend. Even if you canít afford to buy lots of it, buy one bottle and enjoy. This was the beer that turned me into a beer geek.
RERATE: I have been avoiding the rerate of this beer because I knew it would come down in its standing. It was the beer that really turned me into a beer geek and I donít want to hurt itís rating but here goes.... Plum red color with a huge rocky head. Very attractive aroma of dark fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but very smooth. A tad watery. Flavor has a good amount of spice and fruit. This is still great stuff, but I only rated it as highly as I did because it was my first Belgian.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 I"m pretty much copying Gusler"s remarks, as he has the description dead on. Deep brown color, front sweet and malty, the middle is light to medium with moderate carbonation, the finish is slightly sour, quite acidic, alcohol tones evident. I noticed little hop presence. I also thought this beer was a little light to the palate for my liking.