AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A'ite, it's Friday night, it's too damn cold and rainy and shit to go out, and I've got a 750 of this all to myself. Very sexy pour, nice big head, lush mouthfeel. Strong malts, sweet, brown sugar, a touch of honey, and lightly spiced fruity accents throughout. Apples, banana, and a bit of sourness keeps things interesting toward the finish. Great stuff.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet and flavorful. Full of cherries, cloves, nutmeg and banana. Excellent after a nice meal.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beer pours (in flute glass) a dark red-brown colored liquid with a small amount of caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Aroma is of straw, grass, slight whiskey. Flavor is of sweet toffee, strong, dark aleish tasting much better than it smells. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: There were little black mold deposits on the neck of the bottle above the liquid...Nasty to say the least...Yet I still rate! Ruby brown beer with a small, short lasting light beige head! luckily, I have it in a Belgian glass w/ a small etched symbol on the bottom, or there would be no head. Oddly enough as I realize, it's a Caracole glass. On to the aroma...heavy diacetyl w/ malt and a plum and raisin aroma; light alcohol and lightly nutty vanilla. Hints of wood, but very, very light. Malty from the start and well balanced, but has a lightly astringent, woody mouthfeel. Plum and raisin malt presence as it warms w/ a light smokiness in the finish and aftertaste. Light medium m/f and moderate carbonation for a Belg. style, lightly astringent, but alcohol is well hidden. Overall not as complex as some Belgians, but not bad for having moldy deposits in the neck. I still think it might be infected from the moldy deposits and the smokey/diacetyl aromas...but then again...it's Belgian and most anything goes. I'd love to re rate with a clean bottle!
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity (cherry perhaps), rich sweet, but not overly so as it is balanced by acidity and bitterness. Murky and deep (like me, heh heh) Alcohol understated for what it is. A 750 consumed alone makes for a deep drift down in the couch cushion with nose in tulip and head floating pleasantly. very nice.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruit, malt and caramel aromas, hazy reddish brown colour, tiny toffee head, small lace. Starts off sourish fruit, a la gueuze, bitter like apple seeds in the middle, and a caramel after taste. Sour/sweet/tart on the tongue. Most interesting considering the style.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich dark amber with a thick bone colored lacy head. Very sour aroma has some hints of Belgian yeast complexity. Body has a nice bready caramel Belgian malt sweetness to it. It hints at a floral hoppy presence, but gives way to a more tart, somewhat chocolatey, sticky finish. A nice Belgian strong with a good balance of acidity and sweetness that hides its alcohol well.
GregClow (2806) - 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 (11408) - 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.