Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2001
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very pretty pour, excellent head retention. Way too much carbonation. It was almost as if someone mixed sprite into the vat.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose very complex, full of malt, yeast, fruit and molasses, though the alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Flavor good, with roasted grain and sourdough, as well as some fruitiness. Finish awesomely dry. Overall very good, though I wouldn’t say a classic.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2001
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Creamy head which stands. Nice golden coloring. Nose: Sharp cider/alcohol nose. Flavor & Palate: Sour, cidery. Hopping fights with carbonation giving the beer a little too much bitter without balancing sweet favor. After it stood for a bit and vented carbonation, the hopping and Belgian yeast came through better. Pour cold, let stand, drink warmer. Advertises itself as having ’outstanding body’, but unremarkable. I’m convinced that the high rating on this beer comes from the high ABV.
robertjm (718) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 11, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Scent of fresh yeast. Beautiful straw gold color. Clean alcoholly flavor. Very fine white head of tiny bubbles. Very well balanced between malt and hops. In fact there is only the slightest hop aftertaste mixed with some spicyness, but not cloying like some Belgians. Nice and soft on the palate, with fresh carbonation feel. If you’ve never tried a Belgian beer before, and are reluctant, this would be a really great one to start off with.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 An excellent Belgian strong ale. Monstrous head, straw colored body. Crisp sweet taste and medium hop aftertaste, strong malt flavor at the beginning. Well balanced and little lingering aftertaste, very smooth.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As a newcomer to Belgian strong ale, it is presumptuous of me to rate this, and I’m sure I will adjust my sense of the style as I become exposed to more examples of it. So far so good, though. I like the intense tingly bite, the strong kick, and the peppery aftertaste.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Do I taste a little banana? Very complex and tasty with a little spicy finish. A delicious treat.
BjorBok Freysa (28) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 22, 2001
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!!! This on is the beer from Hell (which is a compliment in my dictionary), where did they hide that one from me all this time? I just love it! The head is nice, thick and creamy and it just won’t go away. Very impressive! The aroma is great and crispy and the taste is just a rush for all you’re senses. You can feel the hops and some “fruitiness”. A bit complex taste. And the aftertaste…ooo just when you thought things couldn’t get any better the long lasting great aftertaste sneaks up on you with a nice heat feeling from the alcohol.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Light fruity aroma with a hint of vegetable. Yellow color, large white head, very good lace. Light sweet, fruity, light hoppy. Short finish and a little dry.
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just the color of this beer was a turn off; too yellow for me. The beer is puzzling, not sure what to say about this one. In the future, I’ll give it another try.