snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Aroma is sweet, dark fruit and bread, slightly astringent. Dark brown appearance, more head than I expected to see. Slight fruit notes in the flavor as well, very sweet upfront before the alcohol thankfully comes in to clean the palate. Not impressed, I've had much better examples of the style. When I say that, I'm talking about every other Belgian Strong Ale I've ever had.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bready, musty-sweet aroma. Daark ruby brown color with a gorgeous frothy tan head. Figgy sweet malt flavor. With a slightly sticky-sweet aftertaste, but it's not really offensive. The considerable alcohol is well-masked, too.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Belgian pours with a head close to that of Duvel - although it's darker and much more rich. Nice, complex flavor, and on top of everything else, a really nice white bottle. Just not enough of it!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown with huge, bubbly head. A wonderful nose full of fruit and sweet malt. More sweet malt in the flavor with more fruits, some caramel. This is damn nice Belgian
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! I wasn't really expecting much. I haven't been into Belgians lately, and out of all the beer in my frig, the Belgians have been coming out last. I am very pleasantly surprised by this. Nose is musty with black licorice. Mix in some prune with that also. Almost smells like some of the rotting perssimons in my yard. It's not offensive. It's a very complex aroma actually. Appearence is almost opaque. Very nice head on top of a cloudy brown base. Taste is like the nose. Prune, licorice, and more in general, dried fruit (like my rotting perssimons). I am really really enjoying this. I don't really taste the alcahol. Finish is very sticky like everyone else is saying. The feel stays in the mouth for a while. Holy crap, I wish I would have tried this sooner. I'll have to try this again to make sure I really like it this much. It could be the mood I'm in, or it really could be this good.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
White grape/blackberry aroma. Flavors of malty leaves, iron and peat malt. Very sweet/sticky finish. I hope this was an old keg I tried. Not memorable or very tasty either.
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yelloish-brown head; dark brown, opaque beer. Nose of sweet cookies, gingerbread, alcohol, fruity & vinous aromas. Immediate bitter impression in the taste, then (little)bitter-(much)sweet taste, keeping alike. Flavours are grainy, fruity and vinous-alcoholic all the way. Very full-bodied. Alcoholburn and lcoholtaste - some higher alcohols? Esters certainly. Lemonbalm flavour retronasal. Well carbonated. Fruity, strong, liqueurish. But not very refined, nor exciting. Just a strong punch to me.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light malty aroma. Big white foamy head, lots of carbonation. Darker brown color but no cloudiness. Nice decent malty-ale flavor with light hops. A fairly decent ale.
RobBestwick (587) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet malty nose, dark tawny hue with a large off white head, sweet and syrupy taste, cloyingly thick palate, alcohol notes, very rich.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice white bottle... Dark brown and hazy with very longlasting head. Dried plums, dark malt, burnt sugar and alcohol in aroma. Spicy, alcoholic and yeasty flavour. Long burnt and alcoholic finish. I'm getting drunk soon