mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge ’head in a bottle’ explodes in the glass - unusual tarty, malty, fruity with some licorice and brown sugar.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice little belgian ale, kind of rodenach-ish in aroma and taste, slightly sour malty flavour, but balance may be its fault, slightly mollassesy flavour, but the sourness bumps its mark up a bit.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not the best example of a Belgian ale, IMHO. The alcohol stands out, the head was excessive and there were black chunks of something (?) sitting on top of the head. Flavor is overpowering.
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very flanders red-like in my opinion. Some residual sweetness, shows plenty of alcohol. Tasty, but I don’t know if I’ll revisit any time soon.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer belongs up there w. Belgium’s best. Amazing aroma and flavor of apples, cherries, raisins, chocolate, with a tart refreshing finish. Pours with a nice creamy head. Nice cidery tart finish. Also a bit salty, but not a big flaw.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really really tart...almost a Flanders Red? What beautiful brown hazy color, great body -- full yet light. My second fav De Dolle. What makes the bubbles so tiny in the head of this? Is it fruit? I recently saw this living breathing complex head on a blueberry stout, which is why I ask...Thanks Kevin.
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a tricky one! It tastet fine but I was quickly fed up with it because it’s quite cloying.
Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the beginning very bitter, later on fruity. I bought this one in the brewery in Esen after riding 35 km by bike and it was worth it.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy amber orange color, ample hesad with delicate lace. pleasant aroma with cherries, green apple and caramel.
complex taste follows the aroma , the vherry flavor is strong enough that this could almost pass for a kriek.
sweet but with enough sour flavors to set up a fine balance
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
De Dolle Brouwers - ’The Mad Brewers’. Oerbier (’original beer’ was first brewed in brewer Kris Herteleer’s wash tub at home. Now, it’s brewed in an antiquated, cramped, old brewery purchased by the Herteleer brothers in 1980. Only info I could find was that it’s brewed with 5 malts and 2 hops (Belgian hops from Poperinge and East Kent Goldings). Appearance in glass is a rich, medium brown color, with a woody, fruity smell. Very fine carbonation bubbles with very little head. Taste is malty and tart, with a woodlike / fruitlike flavor (not as strong as a ’fruit’ beer though). Not overly sweet - excellent balance and feel. Very good.