Aurelius (4576) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Boy was I disappointed in this one. Watery, sugary, cidery, underhopped and bland ale-yeasted bock. Nut-bitter (which is better than '-biter'!) Cool label.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice color...a medium burgundy witha good light tan head. A sweet aroma with a lot of fruit notes. Notable are the apples, but others are present as well. Flavor is sweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Good mouthfeel, as well. Overall, a very nice Belgian Strong Ale, and one I'd try again.
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was warmly received and very much enjoyed. Chestnut color with yellow at the edges. It pours with a loosely formed and irregular head, quickly diminished. On first appearances the way it swirled in the glass suggested that it would be watery, though the actual palate was not, in part because it is sustained by an underlying alcoholic and warming tingle. I forgot to think about sweet or dry sensations until after my bottle was empty; i.e., this is moderate and middling on that scale, though to adequate effect. Malty and fruity aroma, suggesting caramel, buttered toast, broad woodiness, nuts, and alcohol propellant (especially late). I didn't foresee the flavor that came--it is big and enjoyable, with a strong Scottish ale malt complexion and butterscotch/caramel richness. I see Brazil nuts and Macadamia more than hazlenuts and walnuts, though I wouldn't discount those who claim to sense the latter. Overall this is a rich and rewarding beer, extremely drinkable, and not at all out of balance at 9.5%. Indeed, for my money, I think this surpasses what you might get with some higher-profile Belgians, such as Chimay.
legion242 (2315) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A satisfying little dark Belgian. Nice nose of dark fruit. Head diminshed early. Very warming.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Distinct pear and apple aroma flooded the room when I uncorked this. Sniffing it close-up it smells woody and the slightest hint of pepper. Dark reddish brown. Flavor is reminiscient of Chimay. The only flaw I find is the alcohol comes through rather unmasked. A little vanilla, wood, fruits with a firm bitterness. I really like this. Life is grand.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little toasty, sweet nutty aroma. Definite fruity, apple notes, too. Nice palate, good flavor, overall, a very nice Belgian.
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very nice smelling belgium with a fruity citrus aroma. Strong carbonation fizzes beneath the nostrals. Clean and crisp Belgium with a strong well-balanced robust finish. Satisfying palate with a pleasant closure to a nice brew.
JorisPPattyn (8243) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark foxy-amber, clear. Yellowish head, rather big bubbles, going down lacey. Very nutty aroma, "eggbread" (=sweet, yellow, soft bread). Soapy, perfumed, estery. Sweet liqueur - alcohol included. Taste comes with sweet caramel, slightly roasted touch. (Sweet) bready, yeasty flavour. Fruity too - preserved prunes or plums, cherries, even brambles or figs. I'm wondering about Indra's fusel alcohols. Possible, not evident. Finish is again very nutty (walnut, hazelnut, Brazilian) Very well-bodied. Alcohol evident - warming, long. The soapiness from the nose returns ("bubblegum"?). La Caracole is a feast for the senses - including the esthetic thanks to the labels. I loved the brewery and its products from the moment F. Tonglet was still brewing above Namur. I still do.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with a medium tan head.Sweet aroma. Flavor is slightly spicy but has a nice fruity touch.Very smooth for the alcohol amount.Finishes a little warm.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a dark amber with ruby highlights and has a moderate fluffy head. The aroma is sweet with some spices. The flavor is very smooth - sweet fruit and toasted malts. The palate holds the toasted malts and is very nice. I really enjoyed this beer.