shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
For an abbey ale, not that impressive. Thin mahogany appearance, faint caramel notes, not quite carbonated as others I've had. Needless to say, better than any American beer, but fairly average for a Belgian.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild fruity apple caramel aroma.Chestnut appearance.Dry bitter fruity apple pear flavors with a dry herbal finish.much better from the bottle than on tap.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark in color with a medium-sized head. Very nice woody, oak aroma, as if it were cask conditioned. Ripened fruit (plums), more wood, brown sugar flavor; very smooth and warming, although warming was the last thing I needed on the hot Chicago day I had this! Spectacular beer.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Gingerman, Houston: Dark amber hue with a small off-white head and very good lacing. Prune, toffee, espresso, grape and wood in this mildly vinous aroma. Tart fruity and malty sweetness to the forefront followed by a dry woody taste. Bitter finish. Hides alcohol very well, good balance, smooth. Full-bodied and soft mouthfeel. Wonderful Belgian beer, not overly sweet as some. Highly recommended.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good smoke and malt aroma. Huge, spray-insulation head. Hazy chestnut brown. My label was different than the one pictured -- red and black geometrics in one of them short, squat Belgian handgrenade bottles. Green apples, smoke, dirt, leather flavors, but a little unpolished and cidery. Moderate sweetness, and the ABV is well-covered. Smokey wine and earth finish, good pith to the mouth. A perfect compliment to NY State sharp cheddar that I'm working on right now.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear, dark, caramel-colored beer.
Small, creamy, lightly tanned head.
The aroma is big, rich and malty. Notes of caramel, smoke, whole grain bread dough and roasted pistachios.
The flavor is of candy sugar and dark fruit up front, but well-balanced and very astringent on the backside.
Full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel and a long, dry finish. Very nice brew!
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmm...this one is a bit of a mystery to me. Had it on tap, it's like the dumb kid brother of a nice dark Belgian ale. Nothing really stood out, and it hints that it could have been so much more. The flavor is sweet with a very noticeable and unpleasant alcohol note.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2003 Nice glass, Flour nose. Very dark with a nice head that stays an eternity. Caramel taste, a little like the Mc Chouffe, but less interesting, shorter
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew pours a large head of creamy light brown finely sized bubbles that left an excellent lacing with a semi transparent dark ruby red brwon body. Its aroma was very nice and sweet with roasted caramle and malt notes. Initially its flavor come off as alcohol and its mouthfeel is very thick but then it smoothens in its finish with a nicer malty mildy spicey bready flavor that become very smooth.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color was a dark brownish red like mahogeny or dark maple syrup with a small tan head that left some lacing around the edges. Smell is faintly subtle but complex with some toffee candy, fruit, and caramel malt. Taste is complex in levels, starts out with malty sweetness with a little spice, the middle is fruity with a full, rounded body thast very soothing and smooth, the finish is slightly bitter smooth with a little spice and there is a warming dry alcohol that feels like a wetter styled wine. The feel is so smooth and silky with a light syrupy kind of hold thats charmingly subtle and clean with that nice wine-like alcohol finish. This felt and tasted like what I think would be a liquid toffee candy with a bit of sweet spice. Good drinkable stuff. Yum.