ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 2003 bottle. (BB 4/4/2005). Oh hell ya. Big ass malt smell, brown sugar, belgian yeast, honey, and cotton candy. Maybe a touch of light fruity esters. Damn what a pour, bottle conditioned and just plain brown. Brown and a light brown sugar colored head to follow. Flavor is full, sweet, malty and perfectly belgian (though it’s from the dutch motherland). Amazing! are there no hops here? I couldnt have guessed. Reminds me of belgian christmas beers. Nowhere near the herbs I thought I would taste, though the aftertaste boasts of some leafy, lightly astringent herbs and spices. Hell ya, this stuff is so good. What a style. It’s a toss up between this and Kuhnhenn’s gruit. One is much more spicy and herbal the other, this, being much maltier and bigger.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Huge blueberry aroma. Malty base with a ton of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger dumped in. Tart rosemary and sage body. Maple-grain finish. Unique, interesting and worth a try.
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very light head with a chunky bottom (of yeast). Very Belgian nose. A big and malty mouthfeel with a moment of sea water (?!). Just for a second it tasted like sea-weed. Not my favorite.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, best before 04/04/05 drank on 02/25/04. Orange ruby body with thick off-white head that wants to stay around for a while. I wish it would go away, I want to drink this beer. Hugely complex aroma, that in one word is fruitcake, but in more words is rich, yeasty (in that unique Belgian way), nutty, and dark fruits with a touch of alcohol. There's more than that, but it is difficult to pick it all out. Light carbonation, full bodied, ends sweet and a bit disappointing considering the aroma.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber reddish and brown in colour with a thin tan quickly discipating head. The nose is sweet with hints of alcohol almost like acetone. The taste is rustic and malty slightly tangy. Smoothe and medium bodied. Easily drinkable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Said to be made from a recipe that predates hops and uses herbs and spices instead. Opaque dark brown with little head. Lots of spice and fruit and herbs to the nose and in the flavor. Some woodsy tones. Very unusual but also very good. Recommend it be given a try.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy brown brew with a tan head. Dark fruit spices, tastes like an average dubbel.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown color with a slightly sticky, tangy feel to it. even w/ all the herbs, etc, you can't tell it has that many different ingredients
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extreme Beerfest '04, Reddish brown in color with a small white head.Fruity,malty with some sweetness.Alcohol brings a bit of an off balance flavor.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky copper brown with a thin off-white head. Sweet earthy cork and spice aroma. Body starts lightly caramely sweet with a dry spiced earthiness to it. Finishes warming and malty sweet. A very nice and well balanced traditional ale.