hotstuff (3953) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance was that of a large sized tan head that was creamy and frothy with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated in time. The body had lively carbonation, it was very murky with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was yeasty, fruity and sweet with a sweet, tart, spicy, citrus and caramel flavor. The palate was tingly, bubbly, sticky, and dry. The lacing was very sparse. All-in-all, a drinkable Belgian.
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cork came out with a KAPOW!!!! This brew poured a large head of off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lace and a carbonated hazy brown colored body. It had a mild brown malt aroma that did not strengthen as it warmed. The mouthfeel was bubbly and foamy in my mouth. It is very smooth at the start and finishes with a mild tingle. The flavor is mildly vinuous, mild caramel, and some brown malt notes. The alcohol is well hidden and after a half a bottle I was feeling its effects.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown about the color of maple syrup. Pours with a frothy white head. Wow, what an aroma. Sweet, yeasty, floral somewhat like a flower, vinuous. Flavor is sweet and very slightly hoppish bitter. Finish in slight dry, but balanced. What an excellent beer.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty sweet, yeast, and a faintly musty aroma. Hazy brown, with a fading head. Spicy, yeasty flavor, with hints of fruitcake.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good Belgian ale. Yeasty, spicey, malty, and plum flavor. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer appears brown with reddish notes when held up to the light, quite cloudy. Pours with a lively carbonation that creates a beige head. A slightly sweet aroma, along with a mustiness and a bit of a sour aroma. A definite sour taste in this one but only lightly so. Definite Belgian character in this beer; musty, fruity, and slightly funky. A tart cherry flavor is here as well. Fairly dry, a slight pepperiness and a general spiciness to this brew. Fairly complex, even has a slight vinous note to it.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark murky brown with nice head yet lacing is sparse. Spicy aroma with notes of berries and clove. I definitely get the wheat beer similarity that another rated mentions. Lively mouthfeel that dances the LaBamba on your tongue. Interesting blend of flavors here and not one thing dominating. Fruity, malty, spicy, earthy and yeasty all at once. Another fine brew from St B's!
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pierre Celis Signature selection.
A medium reddish brown color with a small off-white head, light lacing. Surprising spicey,citrus aroma with some caramel malts. Taste of spices, citrus, caramel. Finishes slightly dry. Different
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Deep copper, gorgeous, creamy, rocky head with perfect lacing. Aroma of muscat wine. Flavors centered around faint sour cherries, minerals, and slate, with a bone dry, bitter finish that was reminiscent of cocktail bitters. A tightly wound beer that never opens up. RERATE: 8/24/04 - I left one of these laying for about 9 months to see what would occur. The yeasty funk rose up in the profile, and the cherries went from sour to ripe, much further up in the profile, especially as it warmed. Still a dry finish, but the hop bitterness wasn't quite as astringent as before. Slight anise note present in the background as well. I think this could go for a couple of years despite the relatively low alcohol levels. Upped my rating a couple of points.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
attractive bottle and humbling price. it's a pleasure to finally be tasting a beer by the renouned pierre celis of hoegaarden fame. my beer radar pegged this as a spiced wheat beer-- tho my "radar" is not one that i'd trust to homeland security. the 'grotto' cave-aged beer colors a tumbler with a pour of deep brown, a brown that-- under inquisitive lights-- shows the beer's roots deep in murky reds and smoky twilight oranges. the head billows like castle banners in froth and curls of light beige. a few particles of yeast appeared, though they seemed to dissolve once in the glass. fresh, assertive aroma of cork, canvas, wheat, sour cherry, corriander and flan. spritzy attack that lays on stiff, dry wheat beer flavor, co-mingling with orange, musty yeasts, hop-leaf bitterness, with bay rum cologne, alcohol and woody spices. naturally, it tones down it's strident rhetoric upon warming and affable familiarization; it becomes smoother, while still full bodied, with souvinirs of fruity grains, cavernous molds, and a looooong strange bitterness of sea salts and railroad iron.