Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy red amber color with small head. Aroma is sweet and a little malty.Sweet caramel flavor that is very similiar to the trappist style. Alcohol seems stronger than 7.5.More complex than I thought it would be. A very nice Belgian ale.
leaparsons (8970) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red, almost purple. Aromas are bready yeast, fruity malts and brandy. Flavours are just as rich - xmas pudding winter fruit laced with warming brandy. The finish is licourice and spices. Full of malty goodness (probably!). Another good De Dolle. It actually seems more complex than its already heady alcohol level.
Ungstrup (30934) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sweet malty with clear notes of yeast. The color is a hazy dark amber and it has a fine head. The flavor is malty and complex with caramel and yeast. The alcohol runs prickling over the tongue and gives it a good mouthfeel. A lovely beer.
BIGC (29) - USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at 3.59 it's an amazing and very surprising ale. the aroma is simply the best i've smelled in years. Honey candied smell with a beautiful creamy head and a mahogamy color and perfect carbonation. I'm just impressed with this beer and would compare it to a trappist except that it's a little too sweet. flavors of chocolate, licorice, brown sugar, and fruits were there. slight crisp hop finish. I do not believe that this beer is 7.5 percent alcohol. In my opinion it felt like an 8.5 or even a 9%. Do not pass this ale, truly an awesome belgian and a beautiful bottle as well.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hey i loved this stuff. i think it's quite difficult to find. had it in antwerp at a bar near the church and the train station. think something like the rochefort 8. more plummy chocolate flavor than the more typical belgian fruit flavors. definitely worth a try and your attention
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dirty mahogany. Aromas of deep roasted crystal malt, smoke and brown sugar. Powerfully sweet carmel malt flavors with a touch of brown sugar. Finished with some smoke, light hops and nutty malt flavors with an undeniable cloak of warming alcohol. Just a bit too sweet for me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous deep dark rosey brown color thats nice and syrupy thick, a gigantor speckled marshmellowy thick head that looks a bit like pureed bananas sits tall and mighty. Its slower than slow to settle, if ya can call it that, it takes an awful long time to move, but once it stops it stops at just under a finger high and maintains a murky frappacchino crown the whole glass down. The lacing sticks all over the place in thick patchy curtains; the pinnacle of a great looking beer!
Aroma has a considerately yeast filled, softly spiced top with an underlying dulled dark citrus and tropical fruitiness with some banana, pear, and a bit of lemon. Alcohol presents itself at first as well but seems to dissapate as it warms where the yeasty spicyness really becomes dominate bringing out some gingerbread and corriander.
Fantastic structure of fairly strong and pleasant flavors with a super fine showmanship of soft, well rounded fruitiness up front bringing a small brigade of banana, lemon, red apple, and fig. Fairly smooth with a stable maltyness and calming fuzzy full roundness in the front. In the middle some soft caramel sneaks around the corners as it begins to fade off towards the finish the spices and yeast kick in with a bit of singe on the back of the throat and some hop bite adds some dryness floating off late with wood and spice. I really liked the way it starts soft and fruity and takes its time to build into the spicy finish, very nice.
Feel has a good fuzzy/fluffy carbonation and texture that comes across the whole way through. Has a bit of crispness and dryness in parts just before the finish, but mostly the malts surge in a gradual smoothness as it goes down with yeasty spices grabbing around the edges; considerably exquisite drinkability with this first-rate ale. Yum! I think I'll have another thank you.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 (Bottled) Very murky dark reddish brown color with a medium, beige head. Dried-fruity, slightly tart, vinous aroma with burned sugar, vanilla, and alcohol and anise hints. Sour-sweetish, raw-malty and dark-fruity flavor with some rhummy alcohol presence and a long, peppery-spicy licorice finish. Somewhat fizzy-foamy-carbonated, medium-bodied palate. A classic, but not the best from this great brewery.
(Bottled, 1986 vintage sampled in 2005) All carbonation gone, quite vinous/whiskeyish, pretty dry. Not at its best, but definitely interesting! I’m not gonna score this one.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught)The beer comes from the tap a bit hazy and a nice mahogany color with the head off white and frothy, the size modest and the lace a white veil upon the glass. Nose is citrus like, crisp and fresh with a sweet malt front, ripe fruit aroma also noticeable, peppery, coriander maybe, and a plethora of aromas for sure start is sweet, nicely malted and the top light to medium in its feel to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops dynamic in their bite, very dry aftertaste, a fine beer and one I will drink more off.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a big rocky off-white head. Musty aroma of raisin, plums, honey, spices and sweetened apples. Sweet and fruity flavour of cherries, plums, riped apples, raisins. Later the deep malty choclate flavours comes in with notes of burnt sugar. Some sour notes is there too. Long spicy finish. What a beer!