SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Slightly cloudy dark brown with garnet highlights. Fruity malts, yeasty aroma with raisins, spices. Flavor features dark dried friuts, coffee, yeast, roasted malts, pepper and a wonderful lingering finish. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. Very nice ale - a cross between a belgian strong and a stout in my estimation.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown head atop a dark brown body with scintilla of red. Aroma is raisin, some yeasty spice, anise, light cherry, and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, raisin, some anise, light wood, definite alcohol. Finishes with nice alcohol warming. Medium-full body with moderate acidity. I had very high expectations for this beer, and maybe the fact that they were not met biases me against it. Nevertheless, I do not think this beer is anything special, much less a top 50 beer.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a very dark mahogany color with a thick tan head. Complex falvor of fruit, chocolate, malt and vanilla.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite dark for a Belgian ale. Good roasty malt flavor with good hop balance as well. Nice Belgian flavor, very clean. Nice dubbel.
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 (2443) - 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 (8783) - 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.