beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liked the label, liked the name, liked the fact that my usually red-wine loving partner wanted to order this one, and last but of course not least - liked the beer. Ruby brown and despite some evident alcohol enticingly fruity aromas.Was hoping Lisa wouldn’t like it so I could have a little more than half. Raisins and plums and nuttiness throughout and a somewhat dry somewhat sweet finish. Quite nice.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep Purple. Heavily aromatic, mildly astringent, nose with notes of solvent, cellar mustiness, red wine, dark berries, brown sugar, caramel and nose hair burning alcohol. Not very pleasant. The taste, however, is another story. Dry, with a lovely deep fruitiness of cherries, raisins and plums with brandy like alcohol and a finish of bubble gum, herbs and possibly candy sugar. A lover of merlot would enjoy this brew. The flavors blend so well together.
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark red appearance with a large beige head. The aroma is rather mild with some pears and caramel. The flavor is quite fruity with some hints of the alcohol and raspberries. Large yeasty overtones and it has a lambic tyle quality to it. This one is quite complex and tasty. Nostradamus predicts a high rating from Shag, once again he is right!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a hazy burnt red color with a big off white head and minimal residual lace. The aroma is big yeast and perhaps cheesey stale hops. The flavor is good as a typical BSA, sweet malt, dark fruits, yeast, stale hops, and a lingering bitterness. The palate cleansing as there is no shortage of those tiny Belgian bubbles. Overall, a bit drier than some other BSA, a bit more stale hops - makes it great with cheese, and just really pretty good.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick brown color with a nice foamy head that quickly falls apart. Aroma of dark fruits and maybe raisins. Taste is moderately malty with a little chocolate and cherry. Not too shabby!
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looked great in and out of the bottle. I usually interpret a gimick (like fancy labels) as an attempt to cover up for bad beer but was glad I tried this brand. Looked good in and out of the bottle. Tasted fruity and was very filling. strong alcohol tinge.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber color. Thin head. Low carbonation. Rich malty flavor, fairly well balanced. A little more carbonation would be nice.
GonZoBeeR (2938) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Aroma:molasse and caramel...
Appearance:Dark hazy brown,light beige head...
Flavor:A lot of caramel,plum and dark fruit......
Pailhead (5065) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Malty aroma with some hints of apple. Pours an orangish-brown with a small white head. Initial sweetness with some sour apple. Pretty big caramel finish with some light alcohol.
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the big, brown 750 ml bottle - This one pours a with a delightful, fruity/spicy/malty aroma and a rapidly fading light brown head of foam. Tastewise, it’s very rich, malty, sweet, and complex.... let me mention sweet again, because there’s no escaping the fruity, sugary notes of this beer. I really like this beer and, since it’s now Halloween, I have plenty of chocolate
to go with this exeptional Belgian strong brown ale!