fiulijn (13334) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber - brown color; big thick head. Aroma of malt, caramel, light smokey, chestnuts, chocolate, hazelnuts, rye; original and complex. Malt and roasted malt flavor, but most of all caramel; nuts, spices. Very strong final bitterness, with a touch of Fernet Branca.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great Belgian Strong Ale. Malty,spicy, and cherry flavors. Finishes smooth, clean, and crisp.
jimhilt (2369) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a five-fingered light brown frothy head that fades slowly and leaves a ton of lace. High carbonation. Cloudy amber color but the yeast stayed in the bottle. Nose is malty with a hint of raisins Starts malty and smooth; finishes on the sweet side with a hint of hops. Medium bodied. $4.10 for a 330ml bottle. The ABV is 8%.
Hansen (6112) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown. Fine head. Hoppy, spicy aroma, some malt too. Flavor is finishing way to bitter.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml [capped bottle, 2003 sampling: Deliah’s Chicago (vintage beer tasting, Feb ‘04)]: Dark cedar, with a dense, light tan foam. Malty aroma with spicy streaks: caramel plums laced with freshly cracked black pepper and anise. Beautifully complex. The sweet fruity malts and lull me into submission just as a peppery/green plant bitterness screams for attention. I can’t help but concede to both. . . and I loved every second.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep chestnut with a full, thick head and decent lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma of plum, raisin, sweet apples, full malt and a hint of bitterness. The body is full and supple with a great mouthfeel. Fruity sweet flavor develops initially, before a crazy onslaught of bitterness in the finish. Really enjoyable and something I would drink with some regularity.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, deep red color, extremely large and lasting, foamy head. Salted mushrooms and sweet cherry in the aroma. The strong and full-bodied flavor includes (at least) cherry and black pepper. Quite a carbonated beer. Very full and pleasant-flavored strong Belgian ale!
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
BBD April 05. Imported by the Brothers Shelton. Similar sherryish nose as the blonde. Some weedy hops as well. This is a wreck. Somewhat bitter, with a trainwreck of astringent maltiness and some sweet and sour character as well, and plenty of lingering alcohol.
larsniclas (5285) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
roma from sweet, dried fruits.
Flavour from chocolate, nuts and prunes.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival.
Hazy brown with yeast particles. Sweetish aroma and flavour with some fig and a great deal of prune. In short - a 10% warming prune explosion.