michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
had high hopes for this one given celis’ belgian roots - but it was pretty yeasty and a little over conditioned - mid brown color and this flavor profile - high alcohol content
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy dark brown with a big tan head. weak aroma of raisin and spices. Chocolate, raisins, and yeats in flavour. Not very exiting... Thin finish.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a hazy brown/amber with a light tan head that leaves thick lace. aroma is very complex, with phenolic delgian yeast spiciness overlaying a rich base of dark fruits and toasted malts. flavor is equally complex, with a rich malty flavor well balanced with hops and yeast tang. easy to drink, still, especially for its size.
Hildigöltur (5104) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown coloured. Complex aroma of fruits, malts and spices. Some interesting spicy notes in the flavour as well. Full bodied.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich clear brown with a thick creamy head. Aroma is mild and caramely. Sweet bready and earthy Belgian malt flavor. Mild chocolate toward the end, but somewhat thin and bland.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is like a thinner version of Ommegang (which isn’t a bad thing in the summer). The aroma had some darker fruits and nuts. Flavor wise, the spicy complexity was there, but really toned down. You have to concentrate to bring the joy out of this bottle. Great lively finish.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep and dark brown body with a great head. Very powerful aroma is nutty and spicy with a hint of badger. The carbonation is a bit over the top for me. The bottom line is: a fine brew, one of the best low alcohol Belgians I’ve had.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 This one popped like a shotgun! The pour is a dark ruby-esque amber color, with a just a hint of head, clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma is very present with a bit of muskiness and slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is amazing, it is very alive in the mouth, almost undescribable. Unique in the sense that you just have to try it to understand what I am talking about. Lots of spiciness and pepper notes, if I could say almost starchy. I loved it!
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SHIT!! Took the cage off of this one and the cork exploded out of the bottle hitting the ceiling. Nothing like starting a beer out with a little fear. Beer pours reddish amber with a big off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is somewhat one dimensionally candy sugar with some very restrained malt, yeast, and spices. Flavor is light malt with yeast and pepper. Finish is bone dry. Aroma and flavors are just a bit too muted for this to be considered very good.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had high hopes for this one, but it just doesn't work. The flavor and aroma are weak, the head is large and annoying, and the mouthfeel is neutral, like the clammy handshake of a bad salesman. It could be worse, but like the song says "Take the "G" out of Grotten, and it’s Rotten."
BTW - I am not anti MJ, but if this is his beer of the year, then he is an idiot.