jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Rating #1: Bottle #63580 enjoyed on 7/10/02 (10 4 9 4 19). A redish brown color with a creamy beige head that holds its own and rising bubbles throughout. The aroma is heavenly with malt, peppermint, herbal spices, alcohol, and chocolate. The flavor is unlike any other, just a masterpiece. [I reach the 100 beer milestone with this wonderful ale. I enjoy it with my royal pint glass from a pub in Oxford, and with nod across the ocean to my best friend Patrick. Cheers!] Rating #2: Bottle #81838 enjoyed on 3/21/05 out of a trappist glass (8 4 9 4 19). A tea colored reddish brown color with a light brown head. The flavor is complex with the herbal mint that I remembered for the past (or at least my notes above remind me), rounded malts, toffee, some brown sugar and a bit of the dark dry fruits (dates, figs). Although Patrick has since left Oxford, I give a nod, once again, to the place where he left his heart.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The color is a beautiful, hazy amber. The nose is both fruity and malty. Very malty beer and a bit on the sweet side. Could use more of those award winning hops. Otherwise, a terrific drinking experience!
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good a good beer
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great fruit complexity on the nose, with all the usual malty notes of toffee and caramel. A bit sweet on the palate and not a beer to chug, the bitter finish balanced out the initial sweetness to round out the beer. I would like to get my hands on an older vintage. A great winter warmer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong and potent, when served cold, it was a bit sickly, but as it warmed, it shied away from the sweet start, and gave way to a nice bitter finish, still a sipper any way you look at it. Challenging, very english, hides alc well, lots of malt (which is not always to my liking). Good for cold weather in front of a fire and all that type of stuff.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wonderful strong aroma, color of dark brewed tea, large bulb head similar to what iíd expect in a belgian ale. flavor is rich and has hints of fruit(wife tested), finish is hoppy that is a perfect balance. canít wait to try 2000
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was expecting much more from this brew having read all of the reviews and it being in the top ten, but I just didnít think it was that great. A fine belgian strong ale would be a better choice. But thats just my opinion
argo0 (12862) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich, malty, & liqueur-ish. The fuggles lend good balance. Some fruitiness, caramel sweetness, and some vanilla(?). Iíve gotta get me another bottle and stash it away for aging.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted light bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers, citrus - orange), with notes of peach, toffee, clove, and honey. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Very well balanced, lovely aroma, great mouthfeel.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppiness in the aroma. Malt and hops are nicely balanced in the body. This beer is not as big as I expected it to be.