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 (9498) - 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 (1723) - 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 (3035) - 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
jimhilt (2428) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a three-finger light brown head that stays and leaves a good lace. Nose has hints of raisin. Medium bodied. Very good carbonation and a cloudy amber color. There are traces of yeast. Starts and finishes sweet, not an intense brown. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown muddy like colour with an off white head which goes quite rapidly. Strong orange and sherbert nose. Quite thin taste of mainly orange and a little yeast. Disappointing.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Self removing cork. Deep orange brown with floaties. Dried fruit/clove aroma. Full carmel/hop/fruity flavor and nice mouth feel. Hops in the finish. Nice drinking brew.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Self exploding cork. Really carbonated. Excellent beer. Pours light amber in color. Cloudy. Nice head. Caramel notes. Malty. Good belgian.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours with a cloudy, brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity (banana, orange?) with spicy notes and a nice maltiness. The flavor is bitter, slightly sweet and very spicy with notes of banana and yeast. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.