leaparsons (8258) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth malty aroma of winter fruit. Purple/brown in colour. Very smooth malts with berry fruit and caramel. Nice alcohol and foams in the mouth. Decent, but lacks oomph.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beige head. Cloudy brown colour. Fruity (peach, raisins), little chocolate, little spice. Complex with a nice balance.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep, murky amber color, topped by a rather creamy tan head. Aroma rather winey, but the yeastiness comes through a bit, along with some nice herbalness. The taste has a nice fruity sweetness and a good hop bitteness on the finish that lingers well into the aftertaste. The sweetness builds as the beer gradually warms. The mouthfeel is solid, but has a somewhat "fluffy" feeling due to the fine carbonation.
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color, giant head. Good example of the style, highlighting the caramel and a background note of liquorice.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Murky amber/ginger coloured body, with a large beige head, settling down to a consistent, fine and lasting head. Sweet honey and strawberry aroma. Initially sweet flavour that settles to reveal a good bitter structure.
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky chestnut. Aroma shows cherries, sultanas, sweet mapley malts, and hints of deeper things that whet the appetite. Smooth body allows mandarins, sultanas, candyish notes, and light maple to unfold. Sweet palate and finish get fruitcakey as they move along. Alcohol surprisingly not a factor here - it avoids the palate and warms the heart directly.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color. Rich creamy head. Roasted oaktree aroma. Some juniper berry flavor.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bold brown belgian ale in the same spirt as corsendonk christmas and the big trapist beers. Big fruit chocolate and roast aroma and flavour with a faint citrous charater combined with near perfect balance. Wonderful plum and raisin notes.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish copper, big creamy beige head. Spicy orange peel aroma. Winey flavor, a hint of chocolate, dark fruits and malt, the alcohol comes out a bit.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown color with a small, lingering, beige head. The aroma is musty and sweet with touches of raison and yeast. Medium body, medium carbonation. The flavor is quite complex with malty and fruity notes dominating up front with some roasted tones. The finish is long and hoppy with some bitterness and a tad bit of alcohol and roasted malts. Quite an interesting beer, and very drinkable.