skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity smell, bit malty, sweety. Cloudy darkbrown coloured, head doesn't remain. Taste is sweet, malty, spicy. Feels good and smooth in my mouth.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, café De Geus, Enschede. Cherry flavor. Herbal with some bitterness, due to herbs, not to hops. Sweet and full bodied, just a bit creamy. Some red berries-like sourness.
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque dark brown with no head. Aroma is mild raisin, yeast. Taste is sweet, plum, spiciness, some cherry, perhaps some chocolate maltiness. Fairly light and easy-drinking beer.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong aroma that, to me, was off-putting, at first. After it airs out a little, the aroma is of raisins soaked in lime juice. It's an odd aroma, but it settles in. The color is deep amber-brown. Not opaque, but rich. We didn't get much head on the pour, though. Flavor is surprisingly balanced, given the aroma. It's mildly sweet, rich, and not terribly obtrusive. It goes down smooth and easy and ends with a spiciness, then a maltiness that's somewhat reminiscent of the aftertaste of a lager.
jerohen (1979) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Brown with nice thick head. Very nice complex nose, malty, spicy and some wood. Rich and complex flavor, some alcohol. Nice warming malty finish. Additional note: Compared a fresh one with a nine year old bottled version (from 1996), which was brewed at Halve Maen. The flavour of the old sample has obviously matured, but it also significantly lost complexity: besides the port-like liqourice flavour almost all other flavours present in a fresh sample were lost or severely suppressed. I guess nine years is just too long for this beer (or was it just another recipe back then?).
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2003 Huge rocky foam with excellent stickiness. Quality and unique aroma which reminds me of Fantome characteristics: mint, herbs, orange peel, pepper, bubble gum, wood, and cilantro. Aroma seriously rivals Corsendonk Christmas yeastiness. Sits absolutely perfect-o on the tongue: soft, tiny, and velevty bubbles. Very complex flavors of cherry, numerous herbal notes, hint of chocolate, subtle iron, cork, doppelbock-like sweet cotton candy round malt, and yeast. I love this long and medicinal and tropical fruiy finish. For a beer with no hops, it had this hophead worried. Needless to say I was more than impressed and am surprised by its poor ratings.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy, tan head, reddish-brown, somewhat opaque color. Fudgy malt aromas w. a bready, yeastiness, as well. Chocolatey, spicy, sweet, mildly bitter with a distinct alcohol flavor. hink of raisinets and dark, unfiltered cider. Finish is not as clean as it might be with hops added, but not unpleasant, at all. Too much to drink a whole 750ml, please share.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The label says this is a ’gruit ale’, which finally gives me a second gruit to compare with Heavyweight Two Druids Gruit Ale. The Koyt tastes like it either has no hops (likely) or very little. There’s a light spice presence and there is no detectable bitterness. Unfortunately, with no hops, it’s hard to conceal the 8.5% abv.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very spicy and complex aroma. Dark brown/redish colour, nice lace. Sweet, very spicy (licorice, coriander, anise and more), herbs. A real complex beer but all spices and herbs are overdone. Just too much.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky apple cider appearance. Thin sticky tan head. Light but steady carbonation. Quite the interesting aroma with caramel notes, sour yeast, herbal qualities and cod liver oil flavored with cherries. Medium thick body. Mellow with a lightly carbonated nature. Fruity and herbal with noticeable malt traits. Sweet but not sticky or syrupy, ice cold. Faint bitterness fades into the aftertaste. Rich and filling and heartily satisfying. Definitely a challenge to assume this is beer, with no hop aromas or flavors. Alcohol is but a warm glow in the cheeks and stomach. Yeast pour adds some marshmallow to the aroma. As it’s warming the sweetness and fruitiness temper the herbal nature to a more tolerable level. Thickens a bit as well, where the alcohol is tasted in waves to let you know it’s 8.5%. Finishes a touch sour, less sweet with notes of cottony malts. An interesting beer but nothing I would look for over and over again. I wonder what the medicinal benefits are, besides being a diuretic.