Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Many flavors. Cloves,nutmeg and a nice touch of cinammon. Rum and mocha. Rich mouthfeel. Warming alcohol. Hops and juicy fruit finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. This pours chocolate brown with red-amber highlights when held to light and a moderate off-white head that left fair lacing. Aroma is malty, yeasty and spicy - includes hints of citrus and cloves. Flavor is rich, sweet and spicy with brown sugar, yeastiness and alcohol present as well. Medium body and mild carbonation. Nice Belgian style and definitely worth the $7 I paid for it.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very satisfying Belgian. Well balanced. None of the many flavors overpower one another. Pours a brown red with a small head. Flavor begins with some nice sweet malts. Some yeast and candi sugar is present. There are some dried fruit flavors in it as well. Develops into a dry finish with hints of spice. Alcohol is well hidden. Superb.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet orange and corriander nose. Sweet malt with candi sugar and some yeast. Nice earthy hops.
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Bottled. Certainly a big, big taste at work here. Starts with lots of foam, but that subsides quickly. The brown hazy body shows off a cascade of golden bubbles when I pour more into the Belgian glass. Nice brown sugar smell. Even my non-drinking wife wanted to taste it, and declared it delicious and sweet. Yep, good candi sugar sweetness. Extra alcohol smoothness gives it the texture of a sweet dinner wine. Or maybe I can compare it to a barley wine, just missing the hop bouquet.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich reddish-copper color, with a very thin head. Aromas of raisins and malt. Full bodied, rich and heavy with lots of dark fruit flavors and some sweetness. Aftertaste is lightly malty with lingering spiciness in the back of the throat, masking any bitterness and giving a very balanced finish. This is a rich, rounded, strong and complex. Didn't really notice the alcohol content.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazed amber body. The head is a pillowy beige affair. The aroma is swwet, candi sugar, some fruitiness. Nowhere near as complex as the Westvleteren or Rochefort quads. The flavor is fairly sweet, though not quite as sweet as the Achel Extra. Adjunct sugars and some dark fruit are predominant. The finish is fairly dry, which is the only indication of the high ABV. The body is medium with a fizzy palate. As with most quads this is a nice beer. However, it is a great distance from its true Trappist bretherns.
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10% huh? I would never have known. It hides it very well. Pours mahogany with an off white head. Lots of fruit sugars in the aroma and flavour. Flavours are fruity and spicey. Some banana and yeast notes. This was the fifth beer in a night of high alcs. Worth the re-rate henceforth in a fortnight. Regardless, it was very nice.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cool, bright, deep crimson color, full, fresh, bubbling beige head. Aroma: alcohol and yeast step forward, fresh baked bread, mixed with light, yet delicious fruity, slightly citric flavor, lemony, sweet, deep, unique, softly spicy, vanilla. cardamom, clove, unearthly, if ever this was bitter, it went away, as this bottle is over 3 years old, if I can trust the label.
Oh, so very smooth, light, perfect balance, maybe I hit this aged bottle at it's peak, but it's different from all the times I've had it before, more mellow and fully integrated, less forceful in flavor, less dominant, though still toasty, tasty, spicy, and very rewarding...wow, I wish that I'd stashed more than this one bottle away...the aging did good work on it, for the alcohol is less felt and the flavor is appreciably softened, not that I didn't love it before.
Ratings over, now it's time to just chill with the remainder...
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, brown-reddish bocy. Brownish fizzy head, fully diminishing and fairly lacing. Lightly hoppy aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour, lightly bitter finish.