urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don't imagine I've had a lot of luck with anything Belgian and red since Rodenbach. They are always drinkable, but too often thin or sugary or just boring. This beer is Belgian, red and amazing. It acheives a dynamic balance of fruity sweetness (lots of pineapple and strawberry) with considerable spice to balance it out. Excellent.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity tangerine,lemon zest,spiced cake aroma.Clear amber appearance.Flavors of orange peel,apple bran muffins and spices.long fruity citrus spice finish.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep copper color with a thin, eggshell head. The aroma is rich and sweet. Buttery, dark fruits of cherry, grape, apricots, apple and a touch of citrus. Also plenty of good spice with coriander, anise and cinnamon. Starts sweet and spicy in the mouth like ripe fruits dipped in caramel and rolled in a hodge-podge of spices. The sweetness fades into full malt and then into spice and slightly bitter hops, with citrus and pine becoming evident. The alcohol is seemingly absent until the belly begins to warm and the spirit elevates. Very tasty and a pleasure to drink.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 A gingerbread man eating his sweet orange candy...Mango cake is scrumptious topped with a thick apricot coulis...The inestimable value of satiny coriander and citrus meringue cushions...Sharing borders with Maudite and Three Philosophers, but different in its green hop unveiling in the end...Vibrant yet comfortable, scintillating yet solemn, a congruity of delicate diadems...
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus, berry aromas, orange/red, small cream head. Complex, sour/dry, bitter as can be. A fine one. Thanks Jeff at the Bodega in Lacrosse WI!
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Belgian ale pours a murky, dark amber color with a small, off-white head that lingers. The aroma is wonderfully spicy with lots of fruit, including hints of apples, pears, and apricots. It has a full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor is sweet with malts and fruits. Caramel, pear, and apricot flavors dominate the palate. The finish is sweet and spicy with some yeast and alcohol notes. This one is very smooth and delicious. Do not hesitate to give this one a try.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge off white head. Floral citrus aroma and a reddish yellow color. Beer had some orange peel and coriander tones that were interesting and finished with a hop lemon flavor. Not too yeasty (relatively speaking) though as it warms the alcohol comes out and there is a clearer sweet malt flavor, which in my opinion gets a little too sweet. Had some problems with carbonation but otherwise a decent beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good Belgian ale. Fruity, yeasty, and malty. Finishes dry, clean, and smooth.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As it sets in its special glass, the color a beclouded orange color, the head whopping in size, creamy in texture and the lace a thick sheet that welds itself to the glass. Tons of dross just oozing down the sides of the glass, and floating around like it had nothing better to do. Sweet malt, a hint of yeast, quite a pleasant nose with the start sweet and thickly malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a specific acidic bite, the hops present but understated in their spiciness, high ABV gives a nice warming sensation to the tummy, very dry aftertaste that lingers on and on. A quite quaffable beer, not the least intimidating, just a real keeper in my humble opinion.
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap from the Toronado Belgian beer month. Amber or apricot color. A light spicy, clove, coriander flavor and aroma.