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 (1115) - 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 (12033) - 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 (6658) - 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.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice slightly oxidized hop and alcohol nose. Pleasant warmth with a balanced maltiness. Canít wait to see how the others age!
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely fantastic. Very strong alcohol aroma upon opening, not nearly as overwhelming in the taste. I find the scotch qualities quite enjoyable. Very well malt balance. Iím so glad I have another bottle.