Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big brwn ale with glints of orange with a wonderfully ripe nose of strawberries, mango, hay and rum.The small white head dissapates quickly, revealing the potent depth of this great Belgian ale, wonderful flavors of ripe tree and vine fruit-pear, blueberry, the afore-mentioned strawberry and mango, etc., with a light spiciness that reminds of cinnamon and nutmeg, but well integrated and noy really identifiable as such. well hidden alcohol under the tangy molasses and brown sugar finish, yet still fairly dry. The Gouden Carolus beers have come a long way back in recent years from the brink of disaster, and this is a great addition to the family.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one pours a dark reddish brown color with a small tan head that does not linger. The aroma is strongly malty with some fruit and yeast notes. Full body with moderate carbonation, the flavor is richly malty with hints of plums, raisons, and yeasts. The finish is sweet and yeast with a touch of alcohol. Yes, I think Santa would be happy if you left this beer for him instead some stale cookies, I know I would be.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the pour, the beer appears to be a somewhat caliginous cherry red color, the head Bunyanesque in size, the texture creamy, with sticky sheets of lace to caress the glass. Nose is fruit sweet, over ripe apples and or banana comes to mind, malt tones and light caramel hints also present a treat for the old honker to sniff. The start is honey sweet, the top lean, the finish is pleasantly acidic, cheerfully hopped, dry and somewhat alcohol bitter aftertaste. Yes, it does “Warm the Tummy”, and should definitely be put in the “Winter Warmer” category. If you like strong high ABV beer this is a must try, but you may find it a bit pricey at $10.49 a 750ml bottle. Personally I don’t mind the price, because “I’m Worth It Baby”!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Highly carbonated, brown head disappeared quickly, leaving no trace. Has a dark brown orange color. Minty orange and vanilla nose at first but then I lost it. Brown sugar and molasses taste. The flavors really blended well at room temp.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2003 Opaque red brown body with a thick tan head with lots of lace. Spicy malt aroma with a slight sweetness and piney accents. Sweet malty flavor with a slight spiciness and a touch of alcohol. A fruitiness reminiscent of cantalope is present. The finish is spicey and slightly coffeeish. Dry, full bodied and slightly warming.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, aroma of fruit, and alcohol stand out
I think this is a great beer. Very barlywine like. Lots of fruit flavors on the palate, sweet, rich. Full bodied, and full flavored.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Started off badly - irritating wet cardboard taste in the first few sips. Well, let's let it warm and try again. Thick, sweet, plum, various unknown spices. The pieces just don't come together well in this.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby color, poor head retention and no lacing. The best aspect of this beer is its aroma - malt, figs, spice, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is a bit disappointing given the nose, but definitely not bad, just a little thin. Effervescent, medium body, a bit of alcohol in the finish. Not on the same level as some of the elite Belgian strong ales, but quite enjoyable and one of the better Christmas beers I've tried.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a deep reddish amber color and formed a light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. Quite a bit of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spices and dark fruit. A flavor of malt, caramel and fruits. Some elements of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are also present. A very heavy flavor presence to this beer.
Bov (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark ruby-brown colour, fine head, deep aroma of banana and port wine with notes of spices and licorice, full-bodied, sweet and heavy with a long dry bitter and alcohol finish