danimal34 (41) - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks wonderful, then all downhill from there. Light fruity smell. Flavor very lacking for a strong ale. Then the overcarbonation reminds me of a cheap canadienne beer.
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Distinct aroma of yeast, spicy hops. Nice lacing. Amber color. Taste is strong - grapefruit and orangepeel hops, yeast, and lots of doughy wheat flavor. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Finish is pleasantly fruity, lightly bitter.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good strong ale and very pleasing and lots of citrus flavor.I am not a big fan of thus style but this was not bad.CHEERS!!!!
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Figures that one of the most well known and advertised Belgian strong ale would be very mediocre-- launched in 1989-- not exactly a historical Belgian brew. Maybe this is the Budweiser of Belgians? It just has this bad aftertaste that I couldn’t handle. I realize Belgians can have a plum/medicine aftertaste, but this just wasn’t that appealing. Westvleteren Extra 8 blows it out of the water.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a large white head. Yeasty and fruity aroma with apricot & peach. Fruity, sourish flavour with a light citrus tone & some sweetness.
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light yellow color. Lots of floaties due to non-filtering. Tastes of citrus and has a pine aftertaste. Not to my liking.
ridgeman (37) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big corked bottle 22oz of a grayish texture with colorful label. Poured with a big frothy white head a nice amber - orangish color into a trappist glass. leaves some significant spottting and active carbonation. Malty taste and a little bitter on the tongue. Has an alcoholic warming effect on the body.
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked bomber bottle. Pours a beautiful pale and murky light orange body with large and fizzy white head that lasts for quite a while. Leaves spotty lacing. Very active carbonation. The nose is of apples, oranges, dough/yeast and a faint floral undertone. The taste starts strong, with a presence of alcohol, apricots, grapefruit and spices, then ends with a more subtle grain and tobacco end and aftertaste. This is very well balanced and the malty smoothness to the end helps incredibly. The mouthfeel is slightly bitter to the tongue but still silky in body and swallow. Slight alcohol tingle in the stomach.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle, poured into a Duvel Chalice. The ceramic bottle got the best of me again, I poured the beer a bit too aggressively and wasn’t able to see the thick sediment that was about to wind up in my glass. Other than that, the ber poured golden with a thick white head. Yeast and spice aroma. Yeast comes through in the flavor, which is joined by warming alcohol and some fruit in the finish. A bit thin bodied.
Cajun (417) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Amber with white head. Malted grain, spicy, yeasty aromas. Medium bodied. Mostly powerful malt flavor, but a rich spice too, bitter finish. Warming alcohol feel.