snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really liked the way this one looked in the glass. Aroma was quite nice, spicy and sweet. Unfortunately it lacked in the flavor department, overly sweet.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Fruity, malty aroma. Fruity taste, mainly bananas, malty and somewhat sweet. Notes of cloves and spiciness.
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark cloudy brown beer with a big belgian creamy coloured head. Although very carbonated this beer gave me a sweet candish taste with spicy aromas and a note of fruits. the alcoholic taste was well balanced fot this belgian strong ale
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark mahogeny color and at present is mostly clear with a magnificantly retained cream colored head. There is a lot going on with the aroma of this beer. Notes of candy sugar, lots of yeast, some fruit, and pepper. Flavor is initially lightly sweet with some yeast flavor. Finish is peppery with more yeast. This does not rank with the great Belgian strongs, it is however an enjoyable drinking experience.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a large head. Smell is sweet and coffee like with alcohol mixed in. Tastes like alcohol and coffee with some toffee and spice thrown in for good measure. Hops are disguised until the end where the they are again covered by a lingering alcohol taste. And this alcohol aftertaste is my only complaint about this ale. In my opinion, this is a quality beer that you just want to have once in a while because its too strong for everyday consumption not to mention to expensive.
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown colour with a huge beige head.
Sweet aroma with notes of spices, yeast and dried fruit. Very carbonated.
Malty aroma with notes of spices, fruit and alcohol.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deeper red brown color, moderate and long lasting tan head. Aroma of caramel and a general fruitiness. Similar flavor but with a bit of a metallic element to it. Medium bodied, too fizzy, alcohol hidden well though. Decent, but not all that great.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
04/03 bottle. Initial pour is deep red/brown, very translucent, with a big two finger head that lasts, dotted with escaped yeast. Initial smell was of doughnuts, sugar, bread. Some sourish fruit smells as well. Lots of floaties as well. Taste is bold. Wow, this is one of the most surprising Belgian strongs I’ve had. Big burnt taste, similar to an oatmeal stout, both in taste and mouth feel. And the aftertaste is excellent. I’m getting coffee and roasted grain. The initial taste is quite different, loads of complexity. Initial prunes and Belgian spice dominant the front, followed with a breadiness that is desirable (probably all of the yeast from the bottle) ending with the aforementioned aftertaste. After the pour, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, taste is far removed from the nose and appearance. A very drinkable beer, with the warmth to let you know what’s up.
TheReptilian (13) - Burley, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I could not believe how good this bottle was when I happened to purchase it a few weeks ago. To me, the only thing that I can compare it to, is Chimay Grande reserve that has been aged for a few years. The only difference that I noticed between the two were in the appearance of the beer. The aged Chimay definitely had the advantage there, but in taste, this was right next to it.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky dark orange/red in color. Nice tastes of caramel and fruit. Strong noticeable taste of alcohol. Good, but not great.