Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep leather brown with hints of ruby red color. Darker fruit flavors in this one along with caramel. Finish was thin and dry.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber color, huge head. Fruity/yeasty aroma. Flavor of berries, caramel, and ?? Finish is acidic. Many different flavors from start to finsish. An excellent beer.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark plum brown color. Lacy head that quickly disappears. Smells of alcohol soaked raisins, and pretty much tastes the same. Slight mashed bananas and cinnamon flavors as well. Highly carbonated, and a bit thin in the middle.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Amber coloured with a medium head. Flower, yeast and hop in the aroma. Slightly bitter beer with a flowery hop and malty taste. A slight sour taste is noticeable.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The cork went off like a gun, even though the beer was well chilled. Chill haze. A lot of caramel, fruit, and spice in the nose. Straight forward sweet and spicy palate. Alcoholic finish.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong alcoholic aroma, deep burgundy but no head, cherries and alcohol with nice lasting hops
skortila (4302) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Dark brown colour, lasting head. Beautifull appearance. Lovely Malty, fruity, sweet aroma. Complex fruity, malty well balanced taste. palate is a little alcoholic and malty.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i guess vinous beer isn’t up my alley. when you can really taste the alcohol ( i disagree that this characteristic was hidden ) it ruins the experience for me. if i wanted to drink wine or have a martini i’d do so. the aroma was fruity and somewhat sour and the beer was fairly lacking in carbonation. we had grabbed two of these so i doubt it was just bad bottle syndrome. methinks i should just stay away from belgian strong ales--although i really like the versions made by north coast and unibrou.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown body, small tan head, sweet malty nose. Malty body with dark fruit notes, some spice, a sort of rumcake flavor, a bit of yeastiness, dry finish. Alcohol hidden in the flavor, but asserts itself just a bit in the finish. Nicely done.
jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2010 Aged bottle, BB 2006, tasted 2010 (7-8 years old). Absolutely fantastic aroma, overripe fruit, malts, figs, unbelievable. Thick mouthfeel after all these years, smooth and bitter sweet flavor. Already very good when fresh, but extremely nice when aged.