Slipstream (2442) - USA - DEC 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Fabulous white bottle, with a medieval-looking golden dragon (or is it a dog?) on the label. A big head comes foaming up and then sticks around. Dark brew with a mild, sweet aroma. The flavor is syrupy and malty, with hints of mead and raisins, and the brew is smooth on the palate. Hops and spices are barely noticable, but the 10.5% alchohol level comes thru very clearly. Sad to say, this is not as good as I hoped for. This is a mediocre Belgian hiding behind a cool label and bottle, and at $5 (US) for a 1/3 liter bottle, it was no bargain.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with thanks to my Secret Santa. Cloudy reddish-brown with a large head. Good retention. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit, caramel malt and yeast. Medium sweet and a heavy body. Alcohol well covered. Slightly syrupy texture.
BlackOut (43) - East End, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting taste, kinda sour, lots of cherries but not the kriek way. I was good, very filling, after having it i wasnít sure if i want another one.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark dark amber, with a nice big froathy sicky head. Aroma is sweet, with notes of berry, and caramel most prominent. Flavour is sweet, with lots of berry goodness, and like the the aroma promises a little bit of caramel. The beer is a touch unbalanced with only a little hop bitterness at the end, but I like the flavour so much I didnít mind. The beer gets better as it warms up.
Meatwad (26) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearence: Big head, great retention but the carbonation was not obscene. Beautiful, golden red color
Taste: Oaky, cherry, sweet flavor, but you can still taste the hops. You can taste a lot of alcohol too and the fruity, sweet, alcohol taste makes it seem like a cross between wine and beer. This stuff was great, though. I may have to re-rate this one.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, just like in the image. Pours dark brown with nice off whitehead. Complex taste which is hard to accurately recollect on. Roasted buttery notes with hints of alcohol. Sugary sweet with yeast and toffee - yet hops are noticeable. I hope to have more of this.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with off white head. The aroma is sugar sweet with a touch of berries. The flavor is sweet but with some bitterness. The alcohol is very present. You need to like sweet belgian beers for this.
Bontus (749) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bottle.
Pours dark brown, dark golden with a ruby shade and a small beige head.
Immediate candy like scent.
Aromaís of sweet fruit, candy, wine & (burnt) sugar.
Predominantly sweet flavors, bit of bitterness in the nose. Quite a complex tasting experience after all.
The palate packs a bunch of punch, one in the mouth, one in the stomach and one in the head.
CIPS514 (77) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was really drunk by the time I came around to this one. But I remember the color being great and the taste was, at the time and under the conditions, amazing.
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of those Belgiums which reminds me so much of OTHER Belgiums. I love Belgium beer, but many all remind me of one of the first ones I tried (Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum). This one is somewhere in that vicinity, which is both good and bad. Great tasting, but Iíd like to find some more Belgium beers that have their own distinct flavor instead of variations on a beer I already know and love. Price is similar to Delirium, but I do like the 10.5% alcohol level better than 8.5%, so perhaps Iíll be revisiting this one again regardless.