GregClow (2988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky red-brown appearance with a small head. Aroma of fresh red grapes, cherry & caramel. Flavour has a wine-like character, with very nice fruit and spice notes throughout, and a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. An excellent nightcap.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown in color with a medium tan head; nice caramel smell; the taste is sweet plus alcohol; the alcohol dominates the finish
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sedimented chestnut brown colour. Aroma of alcohol, spice (cinnamon) but also pungent and phenolic. Stinging alcohol palate, hint of barnyard, swirling lively fruitiness (passion fruit, cherry, rambutan). I don't know if I've been able to convey a positive impression of this beer based on what's written down, but it really is fun and highly drinkable. Certainly better than the sum of its part.
Andrew196 (1114) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I killed a 750 of this while taking online defensive driving. This beer made it easier to get through. bready yeasty aroma. Reddish brown in color, with fine beige sediment. This beer was very hoppy upon first sip when it was cool and effervescent. As it warmed, the chocolatey fruit malts came out with notes of alcohol. This beer was very easy to drink given the abv....nice!
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a frothy, brown/amber beer with light bread toffee & apple aroma. But above all the nice hoppy aroma reminds of "ne kempenaer" (van Eecke) a nice belgian beer. A definite nice sweet taste!
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guest tap at BJ's in Boulder: Dark, cloudy amber with a tight head. Very fruity and vinous nose. Yeasty and rooty-tooty fresh and fruity aromatics (pear and pomegranate). Some woody and musty notes. Sourness throughout. Very dry and somewhat bitter finish. Well-masked alcohol, but warming. Enjoyable beer.
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish brown color with almost no head. Nose is warm and welcoming--notes of apple, clove, sugar, and a pleasant touch of alcohol. Lighter bodied than I'd expect for a beer of such gravity but it works well here with a delicate cushion of carbonation. Definitely malt-centric with all the flavors noted in the aroma. Slight sweetness is well-balanced by a playful alcohol presence. Finishes quick aside from a very light touch of sourness and sticky sweetness. Lovely.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one started out really nice, a very pretty dark amberish brown pour. A big puffy light brown head. A big candy aroma, and a first taste that had alot of character and flavor. As you begin to drink though, it becomes slightly cloying and watered down. A very empty version of Corsendonk brown ale.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. brown corked & caged bottle. Date on cork was of 01/2003.
One powerful beer here gang. Poured out like a fine brandy, rich, red & highly caramelized. Aromas are of caramelized malts, candi sugar, rich English toffee, and some oak notes as well. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had, bar none. Alcohol aromas are very prevalent as well. Sherry notes and vinous as well.
Mouthfeel is rich, and mellow. Finishes very smooth, and is a very rich beer overall. I wish I had bought more than one. It would make an excellent beer for New Years.
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Nose is sweet with alcohol, malt, and ripened fruit. The taste seems to expand on this with cherries, honey, caramel and spice being noticeable. Very smooth mouthfeel and finish. The alcohol is not overdone but adds to the character. Excellent beer!