skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a murky brown with a very loose head and heavy carbonation. Aroma was faint for the style, but had some berries and cedar. Flavor of figs and pineapple was again milder than expected. The palate was left with a nice brown cani sugar coating. Overall, a little thin, but nothing objectionable.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown, wonderful aroma of walnut, oranges and pears. Roasted bisquit flavor with wintergreen below it and alcohol dryness. Smooth and sweet going down. Very nice balance of complexity and rustic qualities, MF’ing "Spot-On" !!!
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this bottle form from beers of the world in rochester,ny. The color is dark brown. The smell is of sweet malt along with alcohol. The taste is sweet, fruity with a strong alcohol bite. Minimal hops in this one. Strong mouthfeel, a bit overcarbonated.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 My wife’s favorite Belgian beer - though one that we do not see in this market much anymore. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a hazy dark red/brown color with a very small tan head. The scent is of sweet molasses and mildly of ripe fruit. The flavor is mildly bitter with a decent malt presence and elements of nut, fruit, molasses and chocolate. The molasses and fruit linger on the aftertaste. This beer also really improves as it gets warmer.
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 (2665) - 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 (2142) - 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 (3191) - 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.