BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany color with lively carbonation and little lacing. Mild hoppy aroma, floral with some notes of hidden complexities waiting to be discovered. Flavor has quick notes of alcohol with a fig like sweet aftertaste. There is a good amount of bready, yeasty mouth feel in this one too. Palate is sweet, dry and very refreshing. This is a good Belgian, it may be a touch too sweet for my taste, but with lots of alcohol and a definitive Belgian flavor without the quintessential clove and banana esters so typical in this style.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 A very dark, almost mahogany in the pour. A rich creamy froth in the pour. Aroma is mild, as the taste is kind of medium-bodied,but quite satisfying. A great smorghasboard of fruit flavors, among them being bananas, raisins, plums and figs. I really liked this beer, and even more because I had never heard of it and was not expecting too much from it. Thanks Buch_Dich!
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge dark head that disapear a little bit too quickly for my liking (this seems to be a problem withVan Steenberge). Really yeasty but not as thich as I was expecting from the description. The ABV level is too much apparent for my liking. Extra point for trying to be different: dark triple and cool bottle.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
HUGE fluffy head. Interesting to see a dark Tripel ale. I give extra points for the novel appearance of both the beer and the beer bottle. Smells like pungent raisons and alc. Yeasty. Tastes malty, black currant, plum, and yeasty beasties.
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hugely dense creamy head. Raisins and dark crystal malts in the aroma. Very full-bodied, sweet maltiness. Very big beer. Very nice drink.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very intresting ale. Pours a tall, rich, creamy head that is very beautiful looking. Little aroma. Just subtle hints of yeast and malt. As for flavor it is superb. A complex arrangement of belgian malts, yeast, and spices. Begins with a nice rasion-like fruity flavor and develops into a pleasant bitterness. In the afterflavor, I noticed an interesting spicyness that burnt the tongue. Kind of like the flavor of a radish.
CapFlu (4483) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Dark brown, creamy head an a deep brown body. Full flavours of vanilla, cask whiskey and raisons. Slight burn finish.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hmm, not so awesome. Cool bottle though. What else? It is sort of lemonadey.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown with some haze. As advertised a creamy head but the alcohol weighs it down rather fast. Rich fruit, yeast and alcohol dominate the nose and palate with a tanic acid crispness in the finish that leaves you waiting for the next sip. This beats the Ciney Special I just had hands down. This is one to seek out!
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish brown, this beer presently sits in front of me with it's huge biege head dying a slow death. Strong presence of alcohol in the nose. Honey and raisins flavor, too much burn. Finish is slightly hoppy. Not very refreshing or fun to drink.