beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Belgian Strong Ale. Complex sweet, malty, and drak fruit flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and smooth.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extra large light brown head that aint backing off, keeps building. Too much retention, nice lace. Expansive nose, pepper, citrus, dark malts. Dark brown with a red tint. Med/full body. Creamy slik mouthfeel, could be moreso if not for the extra carbonation. Big, dark, chewy malt flavors, with hints of vanilla, fruit, smoke and chocolate. A tasty brew! The carbonation was a bit too much though.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... An excellent Belgian style ale from a great, USA brewery. Crystal clear (if poured gently and slowly) ruby ale. Huge, rocky, creamy, khaki-colored head with flawless retention and very decent, interesting lacework. The nose and flavor are so broad and wonderful. Alcohol (ok, no arguments there), dried plum, chocolate, tawny port and cinnamon, vanilla and must. Very well-balanced for the style. Plenty of hops to go along with all that candy sugar, yeast and malt.
Full-bodied with an alcoholic mouthfeel and lengthy, astringent, dry, woodsy, bitter finish. World class beer to be sure!
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For some reason I had almost no idea this beer existed until my friend introduced me to a bottle over the holidays. Very festive beer as well - a very yeasty concoction mixed with vanilla and alchohol...for the most part it's a chewy alchoholic big-ass Belgian. The yeast here is a bit off the beaten path, there is a tanginess to it that reminds me a bit of coconut. Interesting beer, very good too.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours very dark brown with a large, sustained off white head. The aroma is of cherries & plums. The flavor is complex: definitely some cherry & plum with some citric notes in their too. It's rich & sweet up front with an absolutely clean finish. The alcohol is very well hidden.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
SLightly hazy dark ruby-brown body topped by a massive creamy tan head. Lacing is excellent. The aroma is cherry, plum, and some citrus. Wow what flavors, nutty rich malty up front then a big wallop of cherry and wood. Quite impresive in its complexities. Medium body, the carbonation is tingly on the tongue with a good acidic bite in there also. The alcohol is virtually absent and at 8%+ abv that is a feat. Overall this is an excellent beer, far and away the best beer I have yet had from Midnight Sun. Yum-yum.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark eclipse brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is dark malts, cherries and chocolate. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Dark fruits cherries, plums and oranges. Yeasty and incredibly Belgian in nature. Touches of smoke and wood. Very complex tasting, its full of competing/contrasting flavors. Hides the 8.2% alcohol very well. Very smooth nearly velvety taste. Works well as a ‘winter warmer’. I never realized that Anchorage Alaska was in Belgium. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is soft and inviting. Great sticky head that lingers. The mouthfeel is truely amazing, velvety and slightly cloying. Taste is slightly smoked, burnt, and creamy. Good taste of belgian yeast. Alcohol is there but is appropriate. Good beer, no doubt.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely dark brown with vigorous tan head that fades slowly but doesn't leave any lace. Slightly musty aroma. Sweet malt. Yeasty like you'd expect a Belgian to be, but with hints of dark chocolate and alcohol warmth.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a sturdy tan head. Nose is fruit, spice and some candy sugar. Very effervescent mouthfeel. Taste is prunes, sugar, malt, cocoa, raisins, and alcohol. Seems stronger than 8.2%. Very smooth finish. Great beer!