JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on tap - its an excellent brew. Must be high in alcohol, I'm feeling it. Fruity taste with out going over the top. Very complex. I really like this one!
Discofish (152) - USA - FEB 5, 2003
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
There is something about this beer that I just don't like. The nose is sweet, fruity, and acidy. There is a rotten hint to it which almost reminds me of vommit. It tastes sweet at first, then fruity, then a hint of the vommit like smell. That favor is strange. I will try again and re-rate if my opinion changes.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 12oz bottle - Clear deep ruby red color with small light tan head. Aroma has a fair amount of caramel and vanilla, bit of maple and faint note of something peat-like. Flavor is malty, touches of caramel, oak, molasses, and really faint roasty notes. Finish is mildly sweet, relatively dry.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 vintage. Beautiful deep mahogany colour with a small but nicely clinging head. Very nice sweet aroma (raisin/plums, roasted malts, and a little alcohol). Wonderful and complex flavour ending in a good spicy and surprisingly pleasant (as opposed to heavy) finish.
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color, Complex and full of great flavors. Awesome Brew!!!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells Belgian. A little like Unibroue Maudite. Has bubble gum like flavors and of course raisins. The rasins give it a grainy/dry aftertaste. Coats the mout like crazy. Copper color with a little lace.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an interesting beer. Very different for me. Hard to explain, though it provides an interesting sensation on the palate.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/26/03: bottle. light orange- brown colored body. head quickly diminishes but there are plenty of carbonation bubbles to go around. some lacing. hints of yeast in the nose. to the taste: about equal amounts of yeast and malt with hints of raisins.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored body with a thin, tan head. No lacing.
Smells like a yeasty Belgian beer. Some sweetness is also apparent in the nose.
Tastes yeasty and sweet/ Some maltiness but little hoppiness.
Smooth to drink.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 A good example of how complexity does not always equate to goodness (yes I know I'm going against the grain here). A very odd crimson brown color. Looks like a dark rum in the glass--there is little head. The nose is primarily of Belgian yeast mixed with cherries, plums and molasses. At first sip, this seems like an interesting experience; initially there is a cutting sweetness, interspersed with orts of fruit flavor, but the blend is not holistic enough and it shows as the palate unravels. This is a confusing muck of ill-matched flavors. The sheer uniqueness may have been enough to sell me on this being an above-average beer, but as the sip dissipates, one is faced with a palate-drying MSG aftertaste, and I am not one who characterizes the taste of glutamate as "delicious."