radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep caramel in colour. Aroma was yeasty, some citrus, and candy apples. Flavour was quite yeasty, malty, very spicy, peppery, with some candy cane as well. Finish is smooth with a medium bitterness, some caramel. This seems like it would be a huge beer but its only 7.5% That's just outstanding.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive, undulating Belgian head and murky brown body. Aroma of baking soda, dates, and sweat, but good. Intense earthy flavor and organic sweetness. Has elements of figs, cherries, tobacco, leather, fruit peel, oranges, and lemony sourness. This is superb stuff.
Hansen (5980) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first a bit too much acid, a bit sour. After an hour the acidity is mostly gone, and the beer becomes real good, bread in aroma and flavor.
beastiefan2k (2198) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a thick beer you can see little bits and piece just floating around. Nice brown color with a beautiful thick head. A slight hint of flowers in its aroma. Not bad at all.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber brown with a massive off white head. Very sweet fruity aroma full of raisin, plum, honey, caramel, coriander, pepper and clove. Medium creamy syrupy palate. Very lively carbonation that dances on the tongue, and leaves my mouth tingling well after the finish. Flavor is bittersweet and has notes of caramel, pear, pepper, clove, cinnamon, dark fruit and anise. Excellent!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright reddish appearance, well carbonated with excellent head formation. Sweet, fruity, jammy, cranberry, red wine aroma, some sugarry sweetness and an oakiness. Palate is a little more mellow than the nose and not as sweet as expected. Spritzy carbonation, dry prickly spice at first, suggestions of sweet sugarry fruits half way through, quickly giving way to a dry cutting finish.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky reddish brown with what seems to be the typical beautiful De Dolle head. The aroma is slightly woody, peppery, and yeasty. The flavor is sweet and oaky. Good plum and other fruity flavors. The body is tingly from the carbonation, alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Another fine beer from De Dolle.
jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown colour when held away from the light, but when held up to a strong source, ruby amber sums up the appearance. Pours a dense light tan/off-white head comprised of large bubbles which eventually dissipate to a small head. Aroma of raisins, figs, malt, alcohol, cherries and a bit of caster sugar. Overall, pretty pleasing aroma and appearance! Medium-bodied; Super carbonated; Sweet fruity flavour with a strong amount of the yeast coming through and showing an alcoholic character as it mellows out. Drying character in the palate with some of the sweetness lingering and the carbonation still feeling a bit bubbly. A slight sourness is noticed near the ending sages of the beer, almost reminiscent of a green apple puckerness...but it goes away fairly quickly. Overall, a pretty nice beer, and I needed to drink this one before the Reserva, to have something to baseline from :-). I bought this 33 cL bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York and sampled it on 10-December-2003.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyable beer. If you can get it, get it. Very complex in flavor. Fruity aroma with a big fruity taste. Red in color. There is a very little alcohol burn when you drink it. Very good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brick red and yeast chunky. Tan head, lasting. Sharp fruity aroma, and nice. Big fruity malt, with a little alcohol burn in the background. A complex and enjoyable brew.