TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful yeast aroma with fig all kinds of dried fruit and some candy sugar. Very dark for a Belgian style. Dark brown with nice big tan head that is fully retained. Flavor is reminiscent of the best big Belgians, specifically Westy and Rochefort. Extremely deep flavor with multple layers. Lots of chewiness. This is really amazing brew from Alaska.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cushiony foam layer. Crimson twilight hue. Warm raisin bran muffin w/a touch of rubbing alcohol aroma. Spicy malt and buttery caramel rum notes. Soft yet chewy. Texture reminiscent of Rochefort 10 and Westy 12...very well-done. Touch of citric acidity rounded out the mouthfeel. Amazing; definitely one to seek out.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OMG,i'm feeling bigtime tweaked at the moment,and my fingers feel like they way 10 Lbs.a piece.But onward and upward right.brown/red in color,medium sized long lasting tan head in fact it seems to last forever this will take some time to rate as the head dies down.Malty sweet aroma with hints of fruit and peppery spice.This is the best smelling BSA i've had in a long time.Malt and sweet taste with a mild fruit and a definate spicey note,that seems to go on and on.The after taste is is much the same but better with the zippy spice coming on in a decent amount.This is a well done brew and well worth the money to get but,still it is quite spendy for a brew and it would be nice if L.S. could drop there shipping charges just a bit to make things a bit more economical.
TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 Rich ruby with plum highlights. Lush, rocky mocha froth. Extremely estery nose with lots of currants, caramel, and port notes. Whispers of chocolate, smoke, earth, coffee, and perfume, sprinkled over a flurry of woody malts. Fluffy, eruptive, almost chewy carbonation. Full-bodied. Just beautiful as can be, and so addictive. Starts with lots of Belgian zest right away along with some chocolate. Myriads of woody malts flirt with the airiness. Chewy ripe currant skins, dough, and charred sugars envelop the back of the throat, almost making it chewy. Ends with portlike tendencies, vigorous chocolate malts, and coffee atop a spattering of caramel and cream. Lingering hints of leather, iron, perfume, and flowers. Extremely warming. Amazingly malty for Belgian, yet still possessing the esters, fluffy body, and substantial dryness to carry the body beyond belief. Purely flooring concoction that will repeatedly beckon awes from your head until you cuddle up to another bottle.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer on the pour is a deep sanguineous color with a Bunyanesque head that is a creamy and light tan in color as it evanesces a silk like sheet of lace is left to provide privacy for the glass. The aroma of ripe cherries, maybe even pineapple, nice sweet malt under pinning, fresh, clean and very inviting, a portent of things to come, start is rich in malt, ambrosial with a middling to full top. Stingingly acidic is the finish with the hops mighty in their spiciness, vinous aftertaste and a bit of tummy warming from the 8.20 percent ABV, another fine brew from a most excellent brewery.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Among the best Abbey Dubbel/Belgian Strongs you'll find - absolutley indistinguishable from belgians. Equal to Allagash's Dubbel reserve. Thinnish, but crisp and a bit smoky, with great mixtures of caramel malt and a crisp hop close, this is close to Westy 8 territory. Delicious. A sipper for a whole evening. Delight in the yeast development from tart and citric to full and bready as the beer warms. Pepper + breadiness as raindog says, and as joet says this could kick total ass with cheeses. Yummmmmmm....this brewery is doing things right.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark mohagany brown with a thick pillowy dark tan head. Sweet dark bready Belgian malt aroma with some hints of sourness and dark fruits. Body has all the flavor and complexity of it's Belgian counterparts. Rich, sweet and robust, with plenty of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit, especially red grape flavor. Sweet bready viscous oily body is everything a Belgian strong should be. I have loved everything I've tried from this brewery!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, pours with a big head. Peppery, sweet, slightly bready aroma. Flavor is somewhat brown sugar sweet and slight alcoholic. Balanced. Sweet finish. Good and Strong
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Re-rate:Yep,this is a favorite of mine. Earthy,sweet,yeasty....delicious!!! Deep,dark,brown.Red hues. Huge,khaki,head. The slowest pour doesn’t help.Dense and very creamy. Extremely aromatic. Fresh yeast(peppery),dark fruit,bready/sweet malts,in the aroma. The sofest carbonation,and very creamy mouthfeel. Full body. Great bisciut,fruity,malts in the flavors.Slightly yeasty,and medicinal. Finish is bready,fruity with lingering pepper(yeast). Alcohol is pleasent and warming. Was buzzing half way through the bottle. The alcohol sticks out a bit much in the aroma,and that’s about the only complaint.In a blind tasting there would be no doubt this was made in Belgium. Excellent Us made Belgian!!
joet (1991) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2003:Oh man... this one is demanding multiple tastings. Excellent complexities, all of tangy, sour fruit -- apples and peaches, alcoholic, pretty in appearance, alcoholic, soft and subtle, perfect for picnics with mild cheeses, breads and light non-citrus fruits. wow! this is very impressive. One of the top 5 beers I've tasted at GABF 2003.