JonMoore (1808) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a dark red brown colour with little head. Aroma is sweet and malty, plus raisins and caramel. Raisins and caramel also in the taste, plus a roast/burnt sweetness and alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel, slight carbonation. Not bad but too sweet for me.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown body, tan head. A good mix of a variety of flavors that make a tasty sweet brew. Give it a shot.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky ruby red body, with a small tan head. The aroma reveals raisins, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and some spices, very nice! Impressive flavor! Sweet, yet its very refreshing, apple, spice, raisin, toffee and a nice alcohol burn in the end. This beer is quite remarkable... Het Anker is becoming one of my favorite Belgian brewers. Very good.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a murky orange/red with quickly dissipating carbonation. Aroma of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, raisin, apple peel, and toasted marshmallow. The flavor is quite impressive with tangy toffee, raisin, chocolate, and rich caramely bread. Ethanol highlights the finish, playing off the sweet flavors nicely. Not as good as their Grand Cru but still a fine beer.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Ruby-brown, small tan head. Sweet raisins and toffee in aroma. Almonds, raisins, burnt sugar and toffee in flavour. Overly sweet finish, small notes of raisin and burnt wood.
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky, very dark, brown beer with a vinuous, yeasty, fruity smell. The taste is sweet, warming, alcoholic and satisfying, with a tasty roundedness. The sweetness may be a little overpowering but otherwise very drinkable.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, earthen, copper body with a thin, tan head. Apples are all over the nose. I’m beginning to see that most of the beers from Het Anker. Red grape, plum, apricot, fig, caramel, dark candy sugar, whole wheat bread and a light touch of alcohol. Really, just very fruity. The body is appropriately thick without becoming cumbersome. The flavor resides mostly within the realm of sweetness. A touch of roasted or bitter malt (or the crust of wheat bread) pops in and out, trying to balance. The bitterness of the hops also try to enter the fray, without much success. Ultimately, this is a decent Belgian, but one that could use a bit more balance. Take your time with this one, for time will heal all wounds.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750 ml) Pours a copper color with a cloudy body and a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Has a complex aroma of molasses, caramel, grain, mustiness, banana, and vanilla. Creamy palate. Has flavors of banana, caramel, and cream. Delicious!
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don’t think that using the term beautiful could be worn out on this one. My attempt to describe it would come no where near doing it the justice it deserves. My only wish is that I could find some in a state closer than Colorado or wherever it may be. Lovely stuff.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle says 8.5%, and its not bottle conditioned. Large head, which goes to almost nothing after a while. Sparkling clear, ruby in colour. Light malt and hops in the aroma. Full bodied, alcohol, moderately sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter. A little coffee on the tongue and a face full of bananas. Sampled with sausage, mash & gravy.