PhillyBeer2112 (2598) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown, fading head, mild carbonation. Aroma and flavor dominated by an apply phenolic ester profile, highly reminiscent of Chimay Red, but sweeter. Raisiny Special B notes also apparent. Herbal or spice components difficult to discern, I could not detect them. Instead just a sweet estery malt is present with a mild alcohol presence in the finish. The Belgiany esters are nice but on the whole the beer borderline one-dimensional and not very drinkable.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkly fruity, malty aroma, vinous and plummy with herbal and yeast accents, some very faint chocolate and sugar as well. Dramatically deep garnet color, partially opaque, with a slight, fine head. Flavor profile is malty and sweet, some banana, grape and berry fruitiness throughout, finishing on a lightly acidic, spicy, gently warming note. Body is full, palate is smooth and lightly winey. A gruit beer that drinks like a Belgian Strong ale. Very interesting and a nice beer.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little head, brown, blah, blah, etc. Smells, very sharp--juniper? Some type of herbal/piney smell. Myrtle? Unappealing though complex. Taste, like sour unripe plums, fruity yet funky. Dry finish. Smoke and burnt wood feel. Not my cup of tea.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium sized tan fizzy head and fine-small sized bubbles that completely diminished. Very little carbonation and a mahogany hue. Malty, caramel, spicy aroma. Malty, caramel and alcohol flavor. Fairly smooth palate. No lacing to speak of. Worth trying this one.
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This corked and caged bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a very hazy dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The aroma was malty mildly acidic and mildly harsh with a vinous note to it. The mouth feel was harsh with a acidic finish and a malty aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malts bread vinous brown beer malts and a mild acidic note.
jonas (6001) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Complex aroma:Fruit (strawberries,figs, apricot), Port, oak, a hint smoke.
Redish brown, low head and carbonation.
Taste is a bit of a downer:
Light Portlike, oaky, raisin and leathery notes, but not nearly as much as you would expect after the aroma.
Surprisingly light body and lacking substance in mouthfeel.
Such a good start and then then the weak second half - what a shame.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red in color with a tan head. Caramel and raisiny aroma. No hops. It has a figgy flavor too. Dry finish. Good beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. Pours a deep brownish red with floaties and a tan head. Aroma of carmel, raisin, fig, and candi. Flavor is a combination of cotton candi, raisin, carmel, and malt with a dry finish. This is a fun Belgian like brew with a nice character to it and a definite seeker.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, clear, amber-garnet color and it is topped by a thick light brown head. Aromas of crystal malt, dark fruit (cherry and raisin are most evident), hint of alcohol, candied fruit, and allspice. This beer has a rich creamy mouthfeel to it. The candied fruit is in the taste as well, but this beer is not overly sweet for it. The gruit herbs/spices are quite muted, I can’t pick out any individual contributions. There is no real balancing bitterness here, though there is perhaps a light astringency in the finish. This is predominantly a fruity tasting beer, it tastes like a cross between a fruit cake and a spice cake. This would be an appropriate beer for a cold winter evening.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is so mild, it is barely there. The flavor is decent, with a hint of fruits and somewhat wine-like. Not many hops, a hint of sweetness, and the alcohol is quite well hidden.