mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from the Toronado.Wet yeasty caramel aroma. Dark chestnut appearance with big light tan head.Smooth yeasty earthy nutty flavor with mild hops and caramel as it warms.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle. Pours a big foamy head that then collapses and leaves lots of lace on the glass (kind of like my homebrews). This beer's biggest strenght is its great malty, yeasty, bready aroma. Mild flavor and weak mouth feel - not as full as many other browns.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Belgian, yes, a thick tasy beer, no. This beer was quite ligt and lacked the satisfying fullness of most Belgians I've had before. Tasty, just thin.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An outstanding beer... drinking this reminded me of the first time I had Chimay. Reddish amber color, large bubbles in the head, slight lacing... aroma very earthy and yeasty... very balanced beer with some residual malt sweetness.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is of orange, plum and dark malts. Malty with a dark fruit flavor and a bitter sweet orange peel touch. Quite nice.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml corked bottle, no date (looks new-ish though). Close-to-opaque ruddy brown, marvelous large fluffy undending head. Nose yeasty and slightly peppery, very "soft"; caramel and banana and maybe a bit of vanilla, quite pleasant if not spectacular. Flavor quite sour at first, with a robust mouthfeel belied by the heavy carbonation you have to wade through. Quite dry, little sweetness anywhere until it's sat for quite a while and gotten to quite near room temp. At that point a slight softness appears, but on the whole I still found it to be too dry, sour and bitter without much compensating fruitiness or maltiness. Doesn't really work for me.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany, ruby red color with lots of carbonation and a creamy off-white head (looks very good in a chimay glass) and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is a little sour at first but has notes of caramel, molasses and candi sugar and a little banana. The flavor is tart with a good toasty and banana flavors along with a little phenolic qualities. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel along with a tart and sharp finish with part of the alcohol claiming ownership there. The maltiness was the best part of this belgian, very complex but a little unbalance...no, not unbalanced, more..unrefined.
hopscotch (8850) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky, reddish-brown ale with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Terrific retention and good lacing.
The nose is of dried prune, nectarine, toasted cinnamon and cocoa. The flavor is well-balanced, yet sweet and beefy. The hops kick in one micro-second after the strong, sweet malt pounds the tongue. Full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. Thanks to jbrus for the bottle.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Disappointing. A bland belgian, with not much taste or aroma. If it were $3 a bottle instead of $7, it might be able to getaway with the lack of flavor.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 (Bottle: Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) (Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) Spicy and mildly sweet, but the malty flavor is dominant; Mild bitterness from start to finish; The nose is somewhat light, but it is malty and mildly spicy; Ruddy brown in color; Medium to full bodied on the palate; Very carbonated mouthfeel but there are no visible carbonation bubbles; Smallish, light tan head fades to a sheen quickly