marcus (9007) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. This dark brown ale poured with a modest tan head, and a sweet fruity aroma. This is a full-bodied beer that is packed with a variety of flavors, including caramel malt, raisin, chocolate and warming alcohol. I know that it ages well, since I had a 2003 bottle a few months ago.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bottle. 1Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. Very appealing appearance. Sweet, sugary aroma of aroma of raisins and banana. Very smooth, balanced palate with an exceptionally long finish and nice amount of carbonation. Flavor is sweet and just alcoholic enough without being overpowering. Fantastic.
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As Grand Cru of the Emperor. 2006 bottle. Dark brown color, with nice small, but thick head. Aroma is full of figs, and other non-descript fruit. Flavor is that of malts, figs, raisins, and a strong warm alcohol feel. I will be on the lookout for older vintages of this beer.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (2001, 2004 & 2005). Dark brown colour with a large tan head. Yeasty aroma with figs, chocolate & citrus fruits. Sticky alcoholic flavour, sweet and fruity. The less alcoholic 2001 bottle was the tastiest.
b33r (841) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006, Nut brown color with small head and no lacing. Aroma was strong with nice fruitiness. Nice flavor, with some malt, but a little too much raisin and sourness. Simple, but good overall.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 2002 Bottle. Hazy Orange brown with a big creamy tan head. Complex earthy aroma with notes of spice, yeast, and dried fruit. Big sweet malt backbone with some spice. Some liquorice in the finish. Very little carbonation. Age has treated this beer nicely!
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 750 ml bottle (2006 version) poured into tulip glass. Color was a dark burgundy to brownish color. Sweet aroma of fruits and alcohol. AFor the most part tasted like it smelt (fruits and alcohol). A nice one to sip with friends who can appreciate a good Belgian ale. Can’t wait to try the 2005 bottle I have aging
Edit::I have now had the 2005 edition and it was amazing. My all time favorite
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown colour with a light brownish head. Great sweet aroma of fruits (raisins) and nuts, which one very much also tastes in the flavour along with strong malt, spices, caramel and a good warmness from the alc. Exellent beer!
Beer5000 (5859) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle (2006 vintage). Beautiful deep ruby red body with a tiny beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, dry fig, wood and alcohol. Flavor is syrup, dry fruit, roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. This is a full bodied and very flavorful beer. It’s complex, very sweet and lots of alcohol, and believe this alcohol is essential to balance the sweetness. A great beer, but I’m looking forward to sample my 2005 vintage from my cellar. I believe aging is a good thing for this beer.
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always one of my favorites. I purchase this beer more often than any other. Best aged 9 months or more. Rated at the12 hour Belgian beer partyin Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever,with 70 bottled rare and expensive beers and 20 on draft.