presario (4437) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge fluffy orange tinted head. Cloudy orange body. Subdued Belgian yeast aroma with strong orange scent and candi sugar around the edges. Heavy orange/peach sugary taste. Alcohol and hops are well hidden under the syrup. Perhaps better as a desert beer or in a milkshake. Reminds me more of Florisgaarden than a Beligian Strong.
haukur (1134) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
what a weird pour, almost NO head!? anyway, aroma is out of this world, hoppy, outhouse and very spicy! taste is .. well, let´s just say that they were not kidding by saying that this has "taste evolution" , very very sweet, with a spicy finish. It´s complex with some deep fruity undertones, with a nice balance of malt and hops, but candy sugar is dominant. The flavor really is quite ludicrous but very nice. It´s so thick that it´s just completly absurd but ohhh so right!! I feel like chewing this rather then drinking. Candy candy candy .. this is special! incredibly masked, and I mean that. The most special and craziest brew I´ve sampled!
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark copper. No head in my tulip glass. Honey, hops and grass aroma. Flavor is complex, but overall very sweet. Bananas, cinnamon, clove and a little alcohol bite all come together. The sweetness is distracting like many Belgians. There is some hops, but it does not balance out well. I wouldn't want more than one.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured with virtually no head, hard as I tried; it has a candy apple aroma with pineapple and pear notes; thick, silky mouthfeel containing a wonderful sourish-sweet, tart carmel flavor like nothing I've tasted before: honey, oak, clove spice, cotton candy, all come to mind; alcohol flavor is there, but doesn't have a chance over evrything else; a bit overly sweet and somewhat cloying, though there is some hop bitterness and balance by the tartness. Wild.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coming out of the bottle, the golden yellow river coalesces into a murky honey brown with the tiniest of carbonation bubbles clinging to the side, and the thinnest wisp of a head on top. The aroma inspires dreams of monks surrounding brewpots and chanting. The scent of alcohol is overpowering at first, but gives way to hints of fruit and oak. The flavor envelops the tongue in this sweetness that is both joyous and solemn at the same time. It fades slowly, revealing the tang of alcohol, the strength of wood, and the bitter of hops, each in their own time, all underpinned with a luxurious butteriness. This... wow... this is awesome.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, just wait a few minutes and let this one sink in and captivate you. Pours a dark garnet brown, with a tiny white frothy of a head. The aroma is sweet and spicy, tingling your senses, with a taste that is a whirlwind on your tongue. Very sweet and surprisingly light in the mouthfeel, then the alchohol catches up with you in the aftertaste, and like a true winter warmer should you feel it throughout your body and a smile captures your face. Wonderful banana and clove, with some sweet cinnamon, brown sugar and honey sweetness. Never over the top and perfectly balanced. Superb!
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orangish with little head. Aroma is a very complex blend of alcohol, fruit and slight hops. The first sip has a warming sensation that can be felt to the toes. the complexity of the beer is superb. Great winter warmer.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2000. Pours hazy copper with robust white head. Aroma is sour and fruity. I smell green apples namely. Start is very sweet. Sweet throughout with some mild hops in the middle. Very sweet and VERY enjoyable. AWESOME.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...vintage 2000. Pour is a cloudy amber with a large white head. Aroma is phenolic, with banana and clove. Typically belgian on the nose. Creamy on the tongue, nice banana, nice clove spiciness. Delicious beer, very drinkable.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Pours with a huge head that takes a while to fade. Aroma of honey, raisins, and other dark fruit. Flavor is of honey and dark fruits with a medium alcoholic warmth. Seems like a light port. Very nice beer, great for winter.