ARMed (572) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex brown ale with a lot of flavor. The pour was not as good as I was hoping. 1/4 in. head was very quick to dissapate leaving me wanting more, but the first sip did not leave me at the alter. I definitely taste raisons, plums, and red grapes. It reminds me a a very nice port following a meal of Chateau Briand. Would go exceptionally well with a nice robusto Romeo Y Julienta cigar as an after dinner nightcap. Certainly deserving of its Beer of the Year award.
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark colored beers smelled and tasted of raisins and other fruits. It was one of the most unusual beers Iíve ever tasted...very unique. Warning: The high alcohol content is hidden very well, but you will notice it the next morning!
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Relatively sweet, roasty malt flavor. Has a decent fruitiness and a great, slightly floral hop profile.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany with generous wheaten head and creamy, fine-ringed lace...This smells of dates and is a tad estery---very nice! Taste is a smooth blend of fruit nectars and alcohol---surely warms the tummy! This is extremely smooth for such a powerful elixer...rich but lacking the Nth degree of complexity...Still, very unusual and satisfying...great change of pace...
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer to drink in front of a warm fire, reading the good book,actually any book written by Anton Levay
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasing and satisfying brew. Decent Aroma, little to no head. Dont think i could drink more than one in a sitting though.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím suprised they donít call it a belgian strong ale. Very similar in its complexity of fruit/ spice/ malt character. Plus the oderiferous amferation is unbeleivable, my olefactory senses need a little recovery from the sensory overload. Cheers to this beer and the brewery.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice looking beer, dark/deep red/auburn colour. Nose: fruity (raisins/grapes) and hints of nuts. A warm, thick feel at first but, perhaps, thins a little too quickly. Taste: brandyish, but sweet like port/sherry. Made with green raisins that almost give it the flavour of Christmas cake. Very little bitterness. A nice dessert beer.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex fruit and malt character, a little on the strong side for my taste
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy! I agree that it very much has the characteristics of a belgian strong ale. Very little head, delicious flavor. Great beer.