Sammy (8573) - 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
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My text is so similiiar to Tom’s(Captaincougar) I guess I’ll quote him "Pours a mahogany brown color with a thick, puffy, and well-lacing tan head. Aroma of caramel Belgian malt and bready yeast. Body starts lightly sweet and malty with some candi sugar and a drier finish with some warming notes. Has a nice balance to it, but could use a little more complexity. A drinkable brew nonetheless"
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mahogany brown color with a thick, puffy, and well-lacing tan head. Aroma of caramel Belgian malt and bready yeast. Body starts lightly sweet and malty with some candi sugar and a drier finish with some warming notes. Has a nice balance to it, but could use a little more complexity. A drinkable brew nonetheless.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle, best before 03/2007. dark mahagony colour with a creamy and frothy off-white head. Spicy and fruity aroma, with currant and plum notes. dried fruits (raisin and currant) dominate the flavour with some yeast, phenols, and light acidity. Surprisingly light bodied and very dry mouthfeel. Thanks tiggmtl.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, deep amber-ruby color. It is topped by a mid-sized creamy light brown head. The aroma is redolent of dark fruity notes of raising, fig, and plum. It also has aromatic notes of brown sugar, and rum, it almost smells like a rich fruitcake. It is lightly sweet up front, which turns into a rich fruity maltiness, and finishes with a bit of yeast driven spiciness. As it warms up a bit the fruity notes of plum and raisin are joined by notes evocative of apple cider. Has a certain lightness to it, despite it’s rich flavors, and is quite effervescently carbonated as well. This beer is actually fairly dry, despite my first impressions. The nose is a bit richer, and a tad more enjoyable than the taste.
Ingevara (797) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I admit it, I fell for the bottle. Heavy, traditional and - big! The fluid comes out, forming a big stiff head that last.
But the flavor was a disappointment. Nothing, more like a rounder kind of ... water, but ... the drinking was slow and distract ... as the beer got warmer the flavors started to appear and the aroma got deeper. Not that I think it is great beer, but the nutty and malty carachter that developed was still a companion that I missed when the bottle was finished. But to that price! Nah...
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 Almost black in color. This one pours a big head. Packs quite a lot of flavor that is delayed a bit before I tasted it. A bit too dark and smokey tasting, imo. I guess there's an audience for this type of beer but I'm not part of it. It's just way too dark for my tastes. Having two left over from the 4 pack, I guess I'll drink the remaining two for the effect as opposed to enjoying the flavor as this will be the last time I purchase this Maredsous 8.
vanvenlo (1229) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
8 Aug 2004 - Some spiritous fruit malt aroma. Clear dark brown-red colour. Not sweet, bitter hop flavour and fizzy light, low body beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with a thick beige head, nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, raisins and alcohol. Flavor of malt, raisins with hints of chocolate. Slightly sweet finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. A good, enjoyable beer.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quite disapointing. When you pay $8 for a Belgian Ale you expect not to be disappointed. Unfortunately that’s the case with this one.