thedm (4869) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Very nice head! Invigorated light brown head of fine to medium bubbles that left a nice lacing as it receded. It poured an opaque dark brown body. It has a very nice malty aroma. It had a mild initial taste and a very strong finish.
MEDAY (9) - ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The strong sweet aroma sets the stage for a true classic ale. The color is a rich ruby red with a light brown head. The taste must be experinced at the proper temperature to fully enjoy this truly fine beer. Cheers!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark muddy reddish-brown color, huge lasting head much like the Piraat I just had. Spicy aroma of burnt caramel, cinnamon, pepper. Flavor very sweet, alcohol much better hidden than in Piraat, full body, chocolaty, raisin/date notes, silky-smooth, yeasty. Not the most amazing beer in the world, but a very nice "session" strong ale if such a thing can be.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy fruity yeasty caramel aroma.Chestnut appearance.Fruity yeasty sweet bitter flavors of figs,peaches and toffee with some warming alcohol.Gets slightly sour at the finish.lingering yeasty hoppy aftertaste.
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Chestnut red, thin white head and moderate condition. Complex aromas, starts off with a metallic, iron like note that becomes more of a woody sourness then as it warms becomes noticably alcoholic and liqueur like (drambuie). Fruity in the mouth with figs and raisins and a slight saltiness on the tongue. Long lingering finish with a sweet yeasty bitterness and an alcoholic warming kick.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 Pours a cloudy deep brown with a large, small-bubbled head. Aroma is of light fruits (apples), molasses and plums. Belgian yeast taste (sweet) with a good long aftertaste. Starts and ends very sweet. High ABV is not very noticeable.
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large head provided a hint of the carbonation. Deep brown colour. Very sweet, caramel flavour to begin with, becoming a little more bitter with a definite alcohol taste in the end.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very alcoholic nose, body a bit too weak for such a ABV. Huge rocky head. Starts off sweet, but has a sour tange in the finish.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
fantastic off white head and lacing on glass to go with hazy brown liquid. Malty, aged hop aroma, slight banana ester, clove, dark rasiny, alcohol, and vanilla; nice complexity. Flavor is malt sweetness, raisins, alcohol, slight hop, very slight hop, clovey(only in the background), very well balanced, very clean finish w/ a hop flavor aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied w/ higher carbonation, but not quite as high as a tripel normally is. Very smooth and drinkable, alcohol is warming and barely noticeable. Very Dangerous! Although, this is very dark for a tripel style. Then again, when do the Belgians ever follow the rules about brewing?!
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.