DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paeters Vaetje, Antwerp. By the state of my notepad, it appears I may well have been in no fit state to rate this properly - but my golden rule is that as long as I can just about decipher the hieroglyphics the next day, the rating gets posted. Very gingery, with slight choc and a liquorice finish. Spicy, but palatable. Very pleasant and strongly tasty.
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper color, cloudy, no head on mine. aroma has an industrial quality about it. some spices and a a caramel quality that is not assertive, but clearly there. fair amount of alcohol as well...in the flavor too. flavor has a very hidden lemon quality, plus more overt spice and caramel flavors. flavor is fairly sweet, but hops are moderately detectable. good if not great..perhaps too youthful?
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Hazy brown color, heavy spicy light fruity aroma, sweet taste, full body, light alcoholic finish. 184.108.40.206.12.
Re-rate. Hazy brown colour with a big baige head. Spicy sweet fruity caramel aroma and a sweet light sour light alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming light acid finish.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
11.6 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date. Weak pfftt when opened. Almost completely flat. No carbonation to speak of. Poured out a dark, murky brown color, with no head at all. Even with my pocket beer engine, I couldn’t get a head to rise up. Aromas are of dank basements, wet socks, vinegar, alcohols, and Belgian funk.
Brettanomyces abounds in my sample.
Downright rank, if you ask me. Flavors are of watered down vinegar, stank ass, sweaty feet, and alcohols. Huge layer of dead yeast in the bottom of the bottle. This is more a Flemish Red ale than a Belgian Strong. Finished rather sweet and rank. Not a great beer by any means.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Cloudy mohogany color when held up to a light. Just a wisp of off white foam. Aroma is sweet with some black cherry and port wine. Flavor starts candy sweet and spicy turning fruity (cherry and plum) and finishing lightly tart and kinda dry. Rich smooth palate with a touch of alcohol.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Outstanding brew with a fine hazy brown color and a nice light colored head. Complex aroma’s of caramel candy with fine hints of port wine, some dried fruits and malts. Rich taste of light burned malts with a fruity accent and a touch of Grand Marnier. round mouthfeel with soft afthertaste and fine bitterness in the end.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. A fantastic brew with tons of taste and aromas. The smell has licquorice, fruits, malt, port, alcohol and is vinuous. The beer itself is brown with a good tan coloured head and reasonable lacing. In the plethora of tastes you can find typical Belgian sugars, warming alcohol, lots of malt, blackberries and a pleasant smokiness. A real top quality beer froma top quality brewery.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 bottle. aroma hits with strong complex sweet notes: fruity, nutty, dark mystery. flavor does not disappoint, coming with dry hoppy end on a very malty and slightly nutty beginning.
second tasting: clear reddish amber, little lacing. aroma gives hints of alcohol, the maltiness to follow. flavor is full of malt, warming but not too boozy, with a little tartness and dry hoppiness to keep it from being too sweet, though the finish is still far sweeter than hoppy.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Pours a deep reddish-brown hue below a dense, rocky off-white head that never fully disappates. Feverish carbonation tingles on the tongue while helping to renew that ever present off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, banana, dates, bread, sweet malts and candied fruits. Tangy flavor of alcohol, oak wood, smoke, candied fruits and doughy yeast. Full, rich mouthfeel and drying finish.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An explosive head that is a very light brown. The murky brown colour was very appealing. I wasn’t able to dectect a very complex aroma, it was kind of like apple cider. It felt pretty medium bodied with an excellent flavour. It was a little bit spicy, with the apple cider coming back from the aroma. It finised smooth and I wasn’t able to detect any alcohol. An overall terrific beer.