softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost an opaque brown color. Alcohol is very noticeable in the nose, but overall the aroma is pleasant with ripe fruity notes (apples, figs and plums mostly) and some whiffs of spice and also chocolate. Taste is a bit too sweet for my liking but it is pretty smooth for 11% ABV. It definitely reminded me more of Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock than a Belgian dubbel, albiet a much sweeter version.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This, I like. Was like a mega-dunkel rather than a dubbel of some sort. Lots of rich, sweet malts. Very port-like as it warms. Nice.
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More sweetness than biscuity malts. I prefer the coffee-like brunes. Nevertheless, this is still a good beer - in fact it gets better the more you drink (ahem!). Warning - it doesn’t taste like an 11%er. Still, gimme a Westmalle Dubbel instead!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very sweet. This is a dark brown 11%abv monster. Very impressive and somewhat dangerous when drinking the 750ml bottle.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice clear dark red colour, with fine creamy head. rich plummy smells, an drich plums and deep choc in taste. spirals out into a mouthwashesque finish. good with stinky blue cheese.
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 11.2 oz. Best before: 10-2005. Aged since Christmas. Thin, yet amazingly silky, rocky off-tan foam. No presence of yeast in this clear, deep ruby Belgian beauty. Huge Concord grape juice aroma, vanilla bean, red wine, raw red meat, plum, and spirit-like alcohol. Smooth, soft palate. Very delicate carbonation. Flavors match aroma; only the plum and alcohol are more pronounced. Rock candy flavors in here also. Absolutely mind blowingly delicious at room temp. Somehow there are already subtle traces of oxidation. Indeed, a fine nightcap sipper for the snifter. My other bottle should evolve to a real beauty within a few years.
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Rating reflects aged bottle. Cloyingly sweet when fresh, but aged this one of the best in the world. Aged bottle, 0.7 liter from 2002, sampled in 2007. Dark brown coloured, lasting brown head (after all these years). Strong port-like aroma and flavour, vinous notes, raisins, really complex. Great aging material. Thanks to a friend (Arjen) for this great present. Another re-rate: Bottle from 1999, sampled 2010. Eleven years old and still not at its peak. This stuff is just magnificent. May be the best beer i know. Too bad it requires so much patience,
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark brownish red, very sweet, some alcohol flavors. Not much carbonation, just very sweet, almost too much so. Still, i enjoyed
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned? Deep ruby red, low head and condition. Initial licorice aromas with strong alcohol notes and a faint suggestion of cola. More licorice in the mouth and a chocolate/coffee note that becomes winelike but still stays sweet into the finish. Quite obviously alcoholic and best saved till the end of a day.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20