BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cherrywood brown (reddish hues throughout); firm, white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, yeast, and alcohol, but well balanced for being so strong. Flavors are very sweet for this strong ale, quite malty, yeasty, and a alcohol.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Pours a dark brownish red body, small head. Aroma is raisiny with spices. Some berry in there too. Flavor is the same, with some alcohol. As it warmed it improved greatly and became almost chewy.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet black cherry taste balanced well with a strong alcohol presence, and a weedy/hoppy aftertaste. This one is powerfully tasty and just plain powerful.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite an interesting experience. It really did taste like a brown Tripel. Nose of caramel and sweetness, faint hops, a bit roasty. Taste is typical Belgian nutbreads, cloves, brown sugar. Finish is dry. It is quite warming. Red brown pour, nice head. A bit overcarbonated, though. Nice.
TBone (14161) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (BB 06/2007)
Dark portwine-like ruby color, big cloudy, tanned head, lace. Caramelly, a bit roasted aroma with some hayish hoppyness. Carbonated crisp mouthfeel. Toffeeish, liquerish, caramelly but not overly sweet as alcohol cuts sweetness nicely. Some hoppy notes in the finish. Long warming bitter aftertaste. Maybe not the most complex Belgian strong ale but this is really delicious!
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A fine looking beer, even if it is brown and not golden. A nicely flavored, aromatic head leads to a crisp, gritty hoppy flavor. The Begian qualities and spices are definitely evident, but the alcohol is excellently hidden. Finally, a smooth finish lets me call this an extraodrinary beer.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark effervescent mahogany with a fizzy light tan head that dissipated completely. Aroma of sweet licorice and molasses. Taste is sweet grapes, molasses, licorice, spices, and a touch of fruit with a somewhat dry clean finish. Both the alcohol and the carbonation are very aggressive in this beer, which strikes me as its most distinctive feature. Perhaps its name is derived from the sensation of belching alcohol-fueled fire... something that actually made the beer more fun to drink. Not nearly as elegant as the world’s best Belgians, but fun and tasty nonetheless.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep hazy brown amber with a sour cherry and caramel aroma. Tons of flavour, sweet caramel, alcohol. Bit too sweet for my liking.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Red brown colour with a huge, mostly lasting, frothy, rocky, and bubbly head. Yeasty, milk chocolate, caramel, orange peel, and dusty aroma. Caramel, vinous, and light chocolate flavours with a lightly roasty and alcohol bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, light alcohol burn.
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a reddish/brown hue with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly. Full aroma of sweet fruit and alcohol. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Full flavor of fruit, caramel with a solid alcohol bite at the finish.