DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was the first of numerous beers on the road last night. It was poured off tap and came to me a dark brown with a pathcy ruby color with a rather small and quickly dying and clingy white head. The aroma hinted at sweet fruits and wonderful malt. Cherries, plums and sugar seem very apparent. The taste led to a dose of sweet plum and cherry with a lemony grapefruity ending. It contrasted nicely with the inane sweetening of the plums and bittered nicely near the aftertaste. Very acidic ending with a moderate level of carbonation which grows near the ending. Very sweet, but somewhat simple. But damn did this one sneak up on me for a 10.5% ABV...POW, it hit me like a ton of bricks.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just like the career of Britney Spears I expected more, well at least more body, which is something this brew seems to lack. Many citrus, hop, and spice flavors combine and accomplish nothing. Slight hints of cherry/pinapple present.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear, dark brown color with a lingering, light tan head. The aroma is strongly fruity and alcoholic, with hints of figs and malts. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is very rich with a strong malty sweetness and tones of caramel, fruit, and toffee with a lingering sweet finish. Very smooth and not a hint of the ABV in the flavor, this is a fantastic brew that is highly drinkable, very complex, and paralyzing with its high ABV. Nice.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark plum color, big beige head. Sweet caramel/raisony aroma. Flavor of raisons, caramel, toffee. Acidic finish with some alcohol taste.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a extreme head and a non-overpowering alcohol taste despite its high content. It does not have a full palate of flavors yet the few that it does have such as the slightly sweet suger/syrup taste befit it.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Described by one of my friends as the Norman Mailer of beers. It doesn't linger, but kicks your butt. Great color, and a really nice taste. Hints of caramel and syrup.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown colour, creamy head. The taste is not well balanced, a bit too sweet with strong fruity traces (raisins). The finish is very alcoholic, with traces of caramel. Good, but not one of the best Belgian beers...
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance of this beer is amazing! A beautiful reddish color, with a medium sized, creamy head. Aroma is sweet, malty, and slightly spicey. Flavor is pretty sweet with belgian sugars, very malty, with caramel notes and a bit of alcohol bite at the finish. A nice beer overall.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a blackbrown body - hue with a sweet initial flavor and a heavy
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had so many decent but middle-of-the-pack beers in the six pack from Brouwerij van Steenberge that I almost forgot what a good Belgian was...until I had #6 in the sampler pack with Gulden Draak. The deep brown color and dense off-white head made me think of Chimay Rouge and Westy 8, although the comparison is not nearly as favorable as that. Still, lots of fruit, raisins, and caramel, in a wonderful palate. Although, as it warmed the alcohol burned a bit more and the complexion was more bitter. Still, despite the lack of balance there, this was enjoyable and compelling.