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 (3442) - 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 (583) - 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 (613) - 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.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an orangish-brown with no head. Has a yeast and alcohol aroma. Not quite what I expected from this Belgian. Had some some unique flavors of sweetness and fruit.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours golden orange with a rocky head, cloudy with tiny yeast specks. candy sugar, alcohol nose. other fruit notes I couldn't grasp - all sweet though. initial taste is very sweet. then alcohol, then medium hop bite. lots of other things going on here, but the sugar and alcohol are hiding it from me. good stuff, but a little too sweet for me.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Complex Aroma, almost like mixed fruit, with cherries. Foggy copper color. Thick head to begin, ends up be thin but lasting. Very sweet, then the bitterness stops the sugar from kicking in all the way. Extremely complex. Pretty good, but wayyyy to sweet.