JorisPPattyn (8391) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly black, vague purple shine; fine irregular green-brown head, reasonnably stable. Dark malts, cypress and a bit of alcohol in the nose. Very bitter, chicory-like taste. Retronasal again chicory and (stale) coffee. Not hoppy in character, unfortunately. Better bodied but thin texture. In the aftertaste & warming up, the beer becomes more spicey and the mouthfeel soupy. A bit thin, and a rather unpleasant chicory-like bitterness. Just some alcohol. Seen my former experiences with 3 Horne, my advice is; buy, put it in the cellar and re-visit in 3 or 5 years - bound to be better.
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark colored, opague. Butter, malt and chocolate aroma and flavor. Avocado. Just a bit alcoholic.
rauchbier (3655) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Deep ruby red brown, good noisy off white head and moderate condition. Big malty barley wine nose that becomes fruity and has some spicy peppery hop notes. Raisins, roast barley and alcohol in the mouth. Sweet and malty in the finish with some obvious alcohol notes.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I copied everything off of the label in the description here when I added this beer. This was from a bottle at Arendnnest in Amsterdam. There's no real indication of the style on the bottle, so I might be slightly off on the specifics. The label does sat 'Cat. S Bier'. Anyway, it is a darker tan copper brown color with a surprisingly strong hop aroma. Nothing compared to a North American hop aroma, but still pretty decent for the milder beers the Dutch seem to favor. Good malt body to back up the hop bitterness. Fizzy in the mouth, but otherwise quite a good beer.