5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours dark caramel with a thinly vailed white head. Carbonation is very lively. Head retention is light, lacing is fair. Aroma is vinous, chalked full of figs, plums, oak, and some toffee or caramel. First taste shows some fruity notes, a bit sweet, as well as mildly earthy/moldy. Finish is smooth but extremely thin on flavor. The 8% is well hidden. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, not overly carbonated. Quite enjoyable, but points taken for uneventful finish. If you get a chance, try the 10.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Haven't really had a Maredsuous beer that i've disliked. This had a lot going for it. Chocolatey/caramelly, and reallly subtle and soft. Like an English mild, with a Belgian twist and 8%ABV!!! Subtle and delicious. Nothing wrong with this, faultless. I actually could drink a lot of these, everything seemed to be in the right place, strong, yet absolutely subtle, lightly spicy.
Frank (2757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark garnet, little head, sheets of lace. Mild nose is lightly vinous. Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation. Slightly fruity--cherries and grape. A bit of scotch smokiness in the middle. Finishes lightly sweet with a slight band-aid bitterness in the finish.
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 20, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Truly a dissapointing belgian beer. Still it's better than most. light aroma with a creamy head. Cloudy red in color with a water downed chocolate taste. Unusual hop finish. I can list so many better dubbels but a little aging could save it. not big enough for me. maybe it's not from Belgium.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 Bottle pours a hazy amber red with a monster creamy off white head and good lacing. The aroma is yeasty; not much else. The flavor starts out sweet and goes through a bitter roast flavor, and finishes long and bitter and yeasty. I'm really not real happy with it which suprises me since I like the 10 so much.
dwyerpg (4507) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Re-rate. Taste is rich and sweet, esp. in the finish. A nice full chocolaty texture. Really quite nice.
First rating 7.3..8.4.15. You can’t go wrong with Belgian beers. That said, i’ve had better, but hey, still good.
Sebas (3) - Moncton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 11, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head was average but Creamy the Head Color
was dark brown
Head Good. Body - Hue was Amber
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice brown color,small tan head that had a nice hang time and left a decent lace behind.The aroma was malty and juicy fruit gum with just a hint of alcohol and fairly sweet.The flavor was malty and fruity right away then the caramel comes on with a gentile alcohol comes through just after that,nicely fruity flavor with the after taste being a bit caramely and sweet.Very nice brew much better then the little bottle lets on,more then well worth trying.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It looks so very tempting, with such a lush ecru head and a pretty reddish brown body. The aroma is a bit thin, but it's pleasant, with a hint of sweet-yeastiness. Then the flavor is really un-complex and a tad thin. There's something about it that tastes like apartame to me. The carbonation is too big in my mouth, which is why it lost a point on the palate.
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark read pour with fast-fading head of large, soft drink like bubbles - mild, unimpressive aroma of earthiness and alcohol - damp and musty - flavor is quite thin, watery even - some nuttiness, hops, yeast (dough) - something about the flavor makes it seem like I'm drinking watered-down bourbon - most disappointing.