krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
if i'd have done my ratebeer homework and read the reviews, i'd have been prepared for the dominating sweetness of this one and chosen perhaps another time to sample this one-- like maybe when i had a small flock of hummingbirds over to brunch. this big bottle of beer is to share with folks over a late breakfast fruit salad; it's a dark plum-brown, clear, with feminine lacing. great aroma, solid malts, heavy dripping raisins and roses, some dark earth, and brown sugar sizzling on baked beans. carbonation is a team player and works quietly -- doesn't try to exaggerate or 'soda pop' the texture. some scotch ale flavors, over ripe fruits, a slight smoky aspect. marsala wine sweetness is it's undoing-- soon it feels like sucking chocolate syrup right out of the bottle. i'd try it again with waffles, but somebody else will have to buy.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red hazy beer.
Tones of rubber, alcohol, spices and strawberries in the aroma.
Extremely sweet fruity flavour with tones of raisins and cholocate.
A bit sweet and unbalanced for me but still rocks the socks of most things.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, near black color, nice beige head, nice lace. Bit alcohol-like, sweet malty nose. Pretty full body, sweet, smooth, bit dry. Hint of alcohol, moderate bittered, sweet, notes of sugar. Strong and warm, long finish.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice copper brown w/a dissipating beige head, but it laces very well. Toasty malt w/ raisin & plum; alcohol sweetness. Very vinous and malt flavor, sweetly fruity, lightly chocolate and caramel flavors as well. Sweet alcohol makes itself apparent, but does not overpower other flavors. Stays sweet from start to finish, but just the well balanced side of cloying with a very light hop flavor in the aftertaste. If you like malty beers, this one's for you. Elevated carbonation level lightens the medium body and has a nice warming alcohol, and very smooth m/f. I quite enjoy this one, and it's not that expensive. Seems more of a digestif since it remains sweet, but it's a good fire place sipper.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: This was probably my favorite beer of the tasting and a pleasant surprise. This is the beer Chimay Bleu wants to be. Pours a brownish-amber color with a medium thick beige head. Lots going on in the aroma - fruit, malt, port wine and caramel. Nicely rich body with a complex blend of malt, grain, chocolate, raisins and spicy alcohol. The finish is sweet toffee and malt. Outstanding.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean dark amber color (filtered beer, no longer bottle conditioned). Some malt aroma; light chocolate. Peculiar mouthfeel, difficult to evaluate; malty and very sweet; caramel and light liquorice later. Pleasant to drink, but quite poor work, many things can be improved.
Hansen (5982) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Year 2002. A lot like some of the real big. Lot of malt, grain. Pours a large head. Flavor with some bread. Went down and bought some more to the "beer-celler"
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 Dark black color with a fizzy head and super reactive carbonation. Head dissipates like a soda. Green bottle sindrome, slight skunk aroma with a sweet fruit background, licorice, burnt toast. Sweet almost cloying, yeasty, surprisingly light body for the alcohol content. the alcohol was well hidden though at 11%. Finished sweet and dry, eh. Not complex, 1 dimentional, the only thing that was surprising was the skunkiness, never seen that in a belgian strong before.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big beer. Dark brown with medium white head. All malt aroma of toffee and fruits. The taste is extra sweet. Plums, caramel, malt, grapes. Very vinous, rich and warming, alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Almost syrupy mouthfeel. It would be interesting to age, but overall I must say I expected much more.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was just a huge beer all around, and I should have waited till I was in a better state of mind before I drank this, if you look at what else I had to drink today, then you will understand. Huge flavors, pours very thick and aromatic into a deep dark almost opaque into my snifter. A light ruby coloring in the light, with a huge creamy egg like head. It still kind of had that damn green bottle taste to it, even for a belgian. Very malty and fruity, with lots of different dark fruits and lots of berries shining through. All and all slightly sour and bitter in parts but overall giving way to a slightly sweet finish. I will have to re-rate this one again when I remember more of the complexities.