tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Belgian pours with a head close to that of Duvel - although it's darker and much more rich. Nice, complex flavor, and on top of everything else, a really nice white bottle. Just not enough of it!
Sham (1846) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown with huge, bubbly head. A wonderful nose full of fruit and sweet malt. More sweet malt in the flavor with more fruits, some caramel. This is damn nice Belgian
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! I wasn't really expecting much. I haven't been into Belgians lately, and out of all the beer in my frig, the Belgians have been coming out last. I am very pleasantly surprised by this. Nose is musty with black licorice. Mix in some prune with that also. Almost smells like some of the rotting perssimons in my yard. It's not offensive. It's a very complex aroma actually. Appearence is almost opaque. Very nice head on top of a cloudy brown base. Taste is like the nose. Prune, licorice, and more in general, dried fruit (like my rotting perssimons). I am really really enjoying this. I don't really taste the alcahol. Finish is very sticky like everyone else is saying. The feel stays in the mouth for a while. Holy crap, I wish I would have tried this sooner. I'll have to try this again to make sure I really like it this much. It could be the mood I'm in, or it really could be this good.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
White grape/blackberry aroma. Flavors of malty leaves, iron and peat malt. Very sweet/sticky finish. I hope this was an old keg I tried. Not memorable or very tasty either.
JorisPPattyn (7300) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yelloish-brown head; dark brown, opaque beer. Nose of sweet cookies, gingerbread, alcohol, fruity & vinous aromas. Immediate bitter impression in the taste, then (little)bitter-(much)sweet taste, keeping alike. Flavours are grainy, fruity and vinous-alcoholic all the way. Very full-bodied. Alcoholburn and lcoholtaste - some higher alcohols? Esters certainly. Lemonbalm flavour retronasal. Well carbonated. Fruity, strong, liqueurish. But not very refined, nor exciting. Just a strong punch to me.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light malty aroma. Big white foamy head, lots of carbonation. Darker brown color but no cloudiness. Nice decent malty-ale flavor with light hops. A fairly decent ale.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet malty nose, dark tawny hue with a large off white head, sweet and syrupy taste, cloyingly thick palate, alcohol notes, very rich.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice white bottle... Dark brown and hazy with very longlasting head. Dried plums, dark malt, burnt sugar and alcohol in aroma. Spicy, alcoholic and yeasty flavour. Long burnt and alcoholic finish. I'm getting drunk soon
madsberg (8784) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Dusty. Brownish long lasting head. Malt and corriander in the aroma. Very appetizing and full. Malt, spices and alcahol in the flavour. There is some burnt, sweetness and perfume in the flavour as well. Dies rather quickly on the palate. Is dry and has some alcaholburnt on the palate. Pleasant beer.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a dark amber (mahogany) color. It first pours with no head, but quickly turns into a thick, white foamy head. The aroma is that of a very sweet malt - very nice. Possibly some fruits in there as well. The flavor is wonderfully odd - very refreshing. It has a sweetness to it with just a tiny bit of spiciness for the perfect blend. The high alcohol content is very well masked and almost non-detectable. The aftertaste is a little sweet malt that lingers on the tongue for a fully enjoyable experience.