skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice aroma; sweet, strong. Fruity (grapes). Bit winey. Dark brown coloured with a lasting head. Taste is sweet, malty, grapes again and winey. More bitter finish. Well balanced and decent brewed beer.
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color, thick creamy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, raisin, spicy ginger or cinnamon, bit port wine also. Sweet vinous roasted malty taste. Sharp and a bit bitter palate. Very nice!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of chocolate, raisins and booze. Quite rich, but not overpowering. And rather bubbly. A very good beer, but something you believe you've had many times before.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown. Almost the color of cola. Medium tan head. Nose is candy sugar, cinnamon, spice, and some fruit. Malt but definite tartness to this. Different twist to a Belgian Christmas beer. Taste has malt, sour fruit, light spice and some earthiness. Has a tart, dry finish that almost seems to add some smokiness or roasted notes. Much better than expected!
bierkoning (9567) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vert dark color. Creamy brown head. Malty, cherry aroma. Full bodied with roasted malt and coffee. Some cherry sourness. Interesting beer that doesn't hide its Flemish roots.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Yeast, brown sugar, candy. caramel+ toffee, some late spicyness. Decent body and flavour, nice soft texture. Some rubber, with definite acidity, didn’t excite me too much. Re-rate:Bottle at Beer Circus, Croydon, london, though much the same as my first sample, only didn’t like it as much, quite sugary.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gift from monsieur M500 on the occasion of his pre-fest MI visit. Yeasty and Super-Bretty!! Sweet, full-bodied, looked great, candi-sugar in every crevice. Not for diabetics.
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yeasty and malty sweet aroma; deep redddish brown color, some caramel sweetnes, but little else, besides fizz in mouth. Pleasing, but leaves me wanting more.
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a large head of creamy light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a semi-opaque black brown body. It has a mild malt aroma and starts off slightly fizzy while an enticing flavor burst rushes the senses and this full bodied brew finishes with notes of roasted caramel and toffee. It is very flavorful. Its alcohol content shows itself after as it warms up.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew poured an invigorating tan head with fine bubbles. It had a sweet aroma and a hint of oranges. The taste was smooth and a little fizzy.