Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark colored with a bold tan head. Sharp malt aroma. Not to overhwelming scent of dark fruit, prunes, dates...etc. Sweet and sour flavored just right. Tangy and crisp. Aftertaste leaves a semi-chocolate flavor. Believe I have an older bottle so being aged the alcohol is very minimal. Not too warming but a satisfying beer.
Suttree (5291) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burgandy, wwith red wine hi-lites. Decent tan head. Nutty, slightly fruity, slightly whisky-ish aroma. Dryish, hnts of wine and some earthy, smoky flavors. Hnts of prune and an alcohol burn at the end.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer comes in an impressive 75 cl bottle with cork and wire cage.
The colour is brown with a shade of red; the liquid is cloudy. The gigantic beige foam slowly descends into a small, almost hard ball of foam.
The smell is mild with somewhat acid notes. There are also some sour-sweet flavours of hops. There is a typical air of Belgian ale over the smell, and some alcohol in the background. Complex? Yes.
The carbonation is quite strong, but not excessive. The small bubbles almost resembles of sparkling wine.
The dominant taste is sweet-burned, with a lot of fruity notes. I could find some nuts and almonds, some dough (yeast) and a touch of chemicals and spices (caraway? coriander?) and blue cheese.
The aftertaste is full of bitterness, and a surprisingly dry one too. I could perceive some tomes of fresh cucumber and metal.
The taste is very complex, and there were lots of flavours that tried to draw my attention. They worked fine together, but I found it just too much, it was more like drinking aged red wine than beer. Maredsous 8 is unquestionable a fine craft beer, but it is simply not one for me.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good dark brown color with a thick cream head in my trappist glass. The aroma is a bit thin and doesnt give much more than leafy malt, some yeast and bit of anise. The flavor is a chocolate malt and a good sweetness as well.
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown apperance with a rather large frothy head. Aroma is chocolate and raisins. The flavor is chocolately and sweet with a hint of plums and toffee. The palate is a bit light. Overall its a nice simple Belgian although many better certainly exist.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color :a beautiful, burnished red. Head: frothy, bubbly, tan.
Aroma:spices and dark fruits: cherries, grapes (M. Jackson would employ the adjective "vinous")
What else?Alcohol. A "mere" 8%, but not hiding any bit of it! Reminiscent of a lighter bodied barleywine, or port wine. Soft and sensual mouthfeel, medium body, a very happy finish. Perfect balance: if anything stands out, it’s the strength and the sweet, plummy flavor.
rlgk (11701) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color, great offwhite and very lasting head. Vinous and a somewhat spicy aroma. Flavor is malty, and with a good body. Strong and with some alcohol coming through.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep, dark, rich beer. Fruity aroma. Definite caramel in the flavour, with nuts and more fruit. Some bite on the finish. Undeniably a decent beer, but, somehow, I didn’t find it that exciting. Tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color, light caramel malty aroma and taste, medium body, light alcoholic finish.
Sammy (9059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very boozy aroma and taste with some dark beer behind it. Like hard liquor. Can I have a vodka instead with some root beer? Some nut and chocolate malt