DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Half Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. First of all, I place this right up there with Westy and Rocheforte as a bona fide heavy hitter in the Belgian strong ale category. Pours a delightful shade of dark ruby. Multifaceted aroma of big fruit (cherries, berries) candy apple, malt, bandaid. Tastes malty, fruity, with a great Belgian ale finish. Super smooth and delicious. I knew from the first sip that this one was rock solid.
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thick and dense brown colored beer. Spicy and complex. Dark caramel flavours. nice belgian strong ale. Toms up.
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick and dense brown colored beer. Lacing occurs from a small thin almond head. Flavor is strong indeed and rich of some dark fruit like cherry and plum. Has a cognac kick to it which warms my face and stomach up on a cold 50 degree night. I know i shouldn’t be complaining.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy and complex. Dark brown with a meduim head and a surprisng smoothness. I did not find the alcohol overwhelming but present.
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic strong rich ale, Dark caramel flavours, full bodied, yet easy to knock back!
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A spicy, bubbly brew that stings your lips, plays games with your taste buds and takes you captive for life -- probably. This is one of those superlative Belgians that I just can’t tire of: Deep, rich and mysterious, always something to come back to. So far I’ve only sampled it bottled, and it’ll probably reel in a 20 for me on tap.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was excellent. Pours a dark brown colour with little head. The nose is spicy dark fruits and the flavour is great. Plums and spice and even a bit of coacoa.
Dorqui (2154) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque and red color. Much rich one of scents with a dense and decided body. Persistent and compact foam. Balanced.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A unique and very strong brew. Best part of this ale is its aroma. You can smell it across a room. A mouthwatering malty fruitiness. Looks like cloudy iced tea, and has a wondeful warming flavour - full of sweetness, hops, and it even reminded me of an amped up porter. There is a lot going on in this one. Ultimately, a bit too strong to be a great ale, but damn fine nonetheless.
lamas (1492) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Very sweet smell of vanilla extract. Tons of flavors. Starts off roasty then goes to banana then to brown sugar. You can taste the high ABV.