JorisPPattyn (7310) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Colour is mahogany all right. Nose of burnt sugar, molasses, candi syrup, dried raisins. Taste is sweet, slightly madeira-ish, after a while raisins again and finish with some cigar tones. Complex indeed, but body lighter than 8%ABV would give. Question: do they think at DFH Belgian brewers use beet sugar for quality?
It still is a very good imitation of the Gouden Carolus of yesteryear.
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I thought Iíd hate a raisin beer, but it turned out to be one of my absolute favorites. Wonderful complex flavor, with just a bit of raisin, and a soft sweet aftertaste.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden color. Body is juicy, very fruity and candyish. Notes of banana and yeast in the nose as well. Body is alcoholic, yeasty and fruity with hints of raisin. Soft mouthfeel and almost too sweet. Very nice, complex and juicy.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a nice amber color and an alcohol smell. Taste reminds me of some of the barley wines that I hhave had and it finishes with a alcohol flavor. Overall it iis not my favorite because of the alcohol flavor, but it is not that strong and is a rather smooth brew.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - DEC 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This has an almost mahogany dark amber hue, a richly complex, malty, phenolic (bubbelgum), yeasty (banana), somewhat brandyish nose.
The palate is unique to say the least. I’m picking up a lot of peppery, brandyish flavours, leafy hops...a very
firm, lean body...very complex.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber colour. fruity, banana-ish, raisiny, slightly yeasty aroma. spritzy mouthfeel. fruity, spicy, slightly alcoholic flavours. fruity caramel finish lingers. very nice.
Radek Kliber (5912) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Light brown, with small head. Sweet aroma of raisin nicely blended with light alcohol elements. All set of nice flavours, banana, raisins, dry fruits - Very smooth, slightly oily, sticky. Pleasant warming feel.
DougShoemaker (3148) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, flowery, candy aroma. Copper, small toffee head. Plum, banana, pear and almond flavours. Nicely bitter, a really good one!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting and unique undertaking. You canít miss that youíre drinking a belgian ale inspired creation that warms your insides. The flavor is quite sweet of course with hints of raisons and spice rounding it out. Nicely done.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A positively unique beer. Nose is a combo of white wine and port, giving it a sweetness with a crisp sourness. Mahogany color with vey little head. Flavor was different with every swallow. Initially therre was a fruity sweetness, and then the green rasins came charging to the surface, ending with a clean bittersweet and mellow finish. OOh and did I forget to mention that it is a great belly warmer?