jerohen (1932) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 Wonderful appearance, cloudy dark-brown with thick, long-lasting head. Complex aroma, roasted malts, fruity and a bit yeasty. When aged the aroma strongly resembles a Flemish Sour Ale, very fruity, really nice. Complex flavour: chocolate, roasted malts, fruity, some sourness, raisins, it’s all in there. Smooth finish. From tap it’s a bit disappointing, but bottled (especially when aged) this is pretty good.
LordNeuf (135) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First Belgian Strong I was introduced too. It was a happy memory. Very palatable, very drinkable, very flavorful and enjoyable.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Once again a pretty solid beer from Corsendonk. Deep brown amber colour, malty yeasty nose, slight sweet start, malty caramel flavour, fairly dry finish, and not overly complex. Cool bottle design aswell.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This girl that I know had never tasted a belgian beer. And couldn’t understand why I find belgians (beers, that is) so outstanding. After trying to describe the difference between lambics, wits, dubbels and triples, I un-corked a Corsendonk. No better way to explain than through show and tell. She read the description on the bottle and blurted ’but I HATE raisons!’ I calmed her fears by assuring her that this beer would not taste like raisons. It would be dark, rich, with mild hints of chocolate and slightly sweet but not obnoxious. After finishing the bottle, she agreed that belgian beer is rather remarkable. Say no more, nudge nudge, wink wink.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a dark brownish amber color and formed a light tan head that left little lace(might have had chilled too cold). Some degree of carbonation. The aroma was of grapes/raisin. The flavor was of grapes/raisin, spice and light chocolate. The finish was a bit tart with some elements of the grape and spice. A good ale which hides the alcohol fairly well.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with cap. Cloudy brown appearance with a nice head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is wonderful, sort of a pine, fruity, and yeasty mix. The flavor is typically brown in that it is subtle and smooth but has some of the Belgian brilliance. Hints of lemon, sugars, citrus, raisins, and apples.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Agressive carbonation nearly smothering the light molasses in brandy…Nutty apricot sweetness and roasted malt bitterness mingle with the lemon and wood pudding…Satisfying for a quaffer, disappointing for a rich dubbel...
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2003 Lots of fruit in the aroma (apples, pears, plums?) Lots of flavour in this one. Had a large almost fizzy white head. Also had notes of chocolate in the aftertaste.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little bitter for me, but the shapness definitely died down a bit as it warmed. Nice complex flavor, a little heavy on the alcohol taste.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to aracauna for this one (although it turns out you can find it in Ohio after all...). Thick, slowly dissipating head that lasted pretty much the whole glass. Rather dark amber color. Very complex aroma with hints of caramel and fruit (was that really raisin?). This one definitely improved as it approached room temperature. I am looking forward to trying the Pale Ale.