jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My initial reaction to this beer was of pure pleasure, this quickly faded however. It seemed that the brewers were trying much too hard to make this a complex, flavorful belgian strong ale. It just got too rich, too oily, too everything. Every aspect of this selection was done to excess. Not my favorite nor my least favorite. Somewhere in the middle.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another excellent "snail beer". Complex, malty, spicy and fruity.
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33cl bottle) Pours a thin, yellow head and a cloudy, brown body. Quick dissipating head. Nose of caramel, tin and plums. Flavour is somewhat thinner than the nose; mainly a port wine, caramel and slight marshmellow. Good. Thanks to my single West Coast posse comrade, Crit!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This wasn't bad but it wasn't outstanding either. Somewhat "homebrew" like in taste which I found to be questionable. Try it yourself and see.
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium burgundy, nice looking head. Fruity and sweet aroma, definite raisin and port notes. Flavors match closely to the nose, with a good molasses oriented finish. Yeasty too. Good stuff, in the tradition of Chimay Bleu.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A'ite, it's Friday night, it's too damn cold and rainy and shit to go out, and I've got a 750 of this all to myself. Very sexy pour, nice big head, lush mouthfeel. Strong malts, sweet, brown sugar, a touch of honey, and lightly spiced fruity accents throughout. Apples, banana, and a bit of sourness keeps things interesting toward the finish. Great stuff.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet and flavorful. Full of cherries, cloves, nutmeg and banana. Excellent after a nice meal.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beer pours (in flute glass) a dark red-brown colored liquid with a small amount of caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Aroma is of straw, grass, slight whiskey. Flavor is of sweet toffee, strong, dark aleish tasting much better than it smells. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: There were little black mold deposits on the neck of the bottle above the liquid...Nasty to say the least...Yet I still rate! Ruby brown beer with a small, short lasting light beige head! luckily, I have it in a Belgian glass w/ a small etched symbol on the bottom, or there would be no head. Oddly enough as I realize, it's a Caracole glass. On to the aroma...heavy diacetyl w/ malt and a plum and raisin aroma; light alcohol and lightly nutty vanilla. Hints of wood, but very, very light. Malty from the start and well balanced, but has a lightly astringent, woody mouthfeel. Plum and raisin malt presence as it warms w/ a light smokiness in the finish and aftertaste. Light medium m/f and moderate carbonation for a Belg. style, lightly astringent, but alcohol is well hidden. Overall not as complex as some Belgians, but not bad for having moldy deposits in the neck. I still think it might be infected from the moldy deposits and the smokey/diacetyl aromas...but then again...it's Belgian and most anything goes. I'd love to re rate with a clean bottle!
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity (cherry perhaps), rich sweet, but not overly so as it is balanced by acidity and bitterness. Murky and deep (like me, heh heh) Alcohol understated for what it is. A 750 consumed alone makes for a deep drift down in the couch cushion with nose in tulip and head floating pleasantly. very nice.