iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz capped bottle: pours a stunning garnet purple with a lovely, persistent off white foam. Deep sherry/dried fruit aroma with a light nuttiness, raisins and pears. A faint hoppiness also tickles the nose. Flavours are full of toffee, burnt cherries, and chewy malt as alcohol burns the throat on the way down. One of the more unique Belgian beers I have had – an interesting mix of a triple and barley wine.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep red amber with a slight haze and a tan head with not much in the way of lace. The aroma is malty, dried fruit, plums as it warms, yeasty, and just overall very nice. The flavor starts out almost chocolaty, becomes dried fruit like, turns yeasty, and is overall well balanced. The palate is nice and rich. Overall, this is very nice.
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
after the pour it has a slowly shrinking, off white head that clings to the glass. the color is a ruby, mohagany color. clovey, yeasty aroma. Alcohol is noticeable after sitting for a few minutes. moderate to full bodied with an initial dark fruit like raisins and plums with malty cookieish flavors toward the end. there is just a faint bitterness lingering after the swallow. kind of an average belgian beer a little cloying in its sweetness.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a large beige creamy head. Had a bountiful aroma of yeast and fruit. Smooth mounthfeel and flavors of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and raisins make this brew quite the treat.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with a beige head. The taste is sweet and slightly malty with notes of alcohol
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep reddish brown, with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet. Yeast and fruit on the nose. Good mouthfeel. Not too sweet. Grapes, raisons, yeast, caramel, and alcohol on the tongue. Slight dry bitter hop finish. This was a really nice beer. One that I'd drink again!
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful tea brown pour with some head. Wonderful aroma of yeast and fruits. Sweet thick mouthfeel. Wow! What a wonderful taste to it! This is a great one! Even my non-beer drinking wife liked it. The alcohol is not noticed because of the flavors.
SpringsLicker (3120) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A well rounded strong dark beer that hides much (but not all)of it's alcoholic strength quite well. The hops come through intact due to the opaque bottle, with no imported skunkiness. Lots of malt sweetness and body in this one. A warming, sipping kind of beer that might be a good candidate for aging.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep colored beer. Complex in flavors. Needs to age though, it was pretty harsh. I think it would be much better if aged. Malty and hoppy. Nicce creamy head. Aromas of fruit and alcohol.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First beer of 2004 for me. Thought this one a little harsh. Brown with a nice lasting head. Aroma of fruit and alcohol. Flavor of fruit, alcohol, and a heavy dose of hops that lingers in the finish. Needs to age about a year or two to mellow the sharp edges.