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.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as complex tasting as I anticipated, this beer felt like a purely Belgian Strong Ale rather than a brew under the spice/herb/vegetable rubric. In any case, advertised as "a deep mahogany"--it was more of a ruby color--pouring a thickish cream fluff head. Aroma was this beerís forte. Doughy, raisin aroma of a belgian strong ale with the prickly underpinning of pine finely subtilized. Bready flavor almost immediately washes away--leaving me wondering with each sip why the initial burst of flavor dies so fast--such a shame--because it really leads you on. The flavor soaks into the top palate, but the bottom palate is left wondering where that nice taste went. A decent beer for sure--however; if the taste could be sustained, it would rate much higher.
leaparsons (7666) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark ruby beer with no head to speak of. Tastes of raisins, plums and damson jam. Nice light sparkle, too. Complex as an Xmas pud. Very good!
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
my overall impression was of vegemite spread on raisin toast. complex aroma of raw malt, sherry, vegemite, and nuts. really thick, malty, rummy on the palate, with long finish of spearmint and green peanuts, if im not being too wanky here. which i probably am. but its got lots going on.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whether or not this is *unique*, my mouth understood this as a blend of aspects (including the best aspects) of many different styles--English strong ale, Belgian ale, a touch of doppelbock, a dose of pale ale, plus a couple of shakes (not too many) from the spice rack. Lots of raisins in the aroma (a wee hint of cherry licorice), with malty sweetness and a very light spiciness in the mouth. Balanced, good texture, but not an easy drinking ale either. Better than a strong ale. And...yeah...although I was looking for it, I could see how there is beet sugar in this.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma, with berries and maybe a hint of spruce. Nice wine-like complexity, with a pleasant finish.