ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice head. Fruity nose. Carbonation thins the body. Alcohol well hidden behind the fruity malt. I’d buy this again and again.
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 Bottle (cork dated Oct. 2002). A murky reddish brown color with a lush light brown head. Dark fruits, dates, raisins, and apple dominate the aroma. Strong alcohol, brandy-like, but the robust malts and dark fruits make this is a strong beer and not difficult to drink. As it warms the spices balance the fruits.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange in color with a tan head. Very raisiny. Fruity and malty. Finish is dry. Good beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange with a tan head, slightly yeasty. Raisiny aroma. Flavor is fruity and malty. Dry finish. No real significant alcohol notes. Thanks to Ruffian.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A sweet carmel apple of a beer with abundant green apple peel and a strawberry fragrance. A complex conjourer of salivation. Cool bottle and label.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer certainly doesn’t lack for flavor. Pours cloudy brown with a medium (becoming thin) light tan head. Aroma of bubblegum and fruit, especially cherry, and also touches of chocolate and caramel. Very rich, intense flavor with sweet/sour apple peel and tangy, tart cherry. Yeast esters and phenols are abundant. Very spicy (perhaps coriander, and even ginger) finish. Borderline cloying but just subtle enough to avoid being over-the-top. One of the few Belgians I’ve sampled that is dominated by apple peel yet yields an abundance of other interesting flavors. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very well carbonated. Pours a lightly hazy garnet-amber color. The head is a light brown and quite thick. Aromas of raisins, apples, plum, candied fruit, bit of tropical fruit, and malt. Predominantly sweet and quite carbonated. Finishes with a yeasty astringent bite and a tannic edge that helps to balance the sweetness. The alcohol is just evident in the finish as well. This is quite a fruity beer, the sweetness definitely picks up this perception. There is a bit of a acidic sourness in the finish that really sets off this beer, I wish that it were even more sour (but I am off like that). This is pretty straight forward, with nice fruity notes being dominant. As it warms up the fruitiness combined with the sourness gives me notes of cherries. This is quite a tasty beer, at first I thought it was not as good as the others from Caracole, but this one is growing on me and I definitely like it.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Deep cloudy amber color with almost no head. Aroma was a bit of yeast. Taste was a bit sour of cherries and berries with nice wild yeast.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity nose of alcohol, wine, plums, berries, anise, cloves and brown sugar. Pours a dark walnut with bright ruby highlights and a thin frothy brown head that diminishes immediately upon pour. The nicely balanced flavor has a long chewy sweet front. Spices and warmth dominate the middle with an addition of moderate acidity. The long sweet finish has a hint of licorice. The medium dry body is bubbly and feels chalky at the finish.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma of spices, alcohol, peppery, apricots. Pours a hazy orange-brown, carbonation, thin white head. Sweetish, fruit flavours. Tangy, dry finish. Alcohol could be a bit better hidden. Mouthfeel is lively. A decent beer.