beerboy991979 (10) - USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sort of a light, dark beer. Veyr refrsshing and has amazing overtones.
joet (1991) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 6, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Yeah this looks like a shiny black. Gorgeous in the Duvel glass. The Grimbergen type bottle is a nice touch too. The aroma is odd. First suggestion was of a warm porter, then of corn, there were nice hints of pears and then boom, it’s all gone. I’m now supping a light-medium bodied, fairly effervescent, lightly creamy black beast. There’s something kind of nasty about this -- dare I say this smacks of the infamous prehistoric dung beer? Some musty hop smells to boot. This is actually a bit challenging and I’m conceding a defeat.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, dark and delicious. Nice, thin head leading to a sweet and smooth molasses/chocolate taste. I thought this rather thin compared to what I usually think of when it comes to belgian ales. Overall not a bad beer.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luminous dark ruby with a thin head. Black malt aroma all the way. Crisp and medium bodied with a definite black malt bite and some brown sugar or molasses burnt sweetness. A sweeter yet firmer Schwarzbier if you will. Thanks AZ.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Dark in color, similar to a porter in appearance, with ruby-red highlights. Tightly packed light tan head is frothy and lasting; nice and sticky lace patterns. Clean and smooth mouthfeel (becomes creamier as it warms). Carbonation level was right about perfect for this beer. Sweet base accented by very aromatic roasted malts. Hops were mild, but zingy and a little grassy; just a mild bitterness. Slight nip of sour/tart to even things out. Notes of raisins, chocolate and dark toast. Finish is roasty, toasty and slightly burnt. Aftertaste is rewarding and long-lasting. Not as sweet as a porter; not as full-bodied as a stout; and much more flavorful than a dunkel. Really good beer.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a black color, with a red hue as you hold it to the light. It definitely is not what I expected. I was expecting more of the sweet porter style flavors, but instead was greeted with a lighter-bodied smooth chocolatey flavor with slight hints of coffee and spice. Very delicious and surprisingly easy to drink considering its dark color. A very interesting and ’different’ brew.
TAR (2384) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2001
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Bready/toasty malt with faint texture and taste of raisins and a bit chewy with a long finish as beer is cold, when it warms it becomes creamy, fruity and acidic. An original example of an unheard of style.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kudos to the New Belgium people for their history lesson. I find this rather inconsistant, even bottle to bottle in a 6 pack. At its best it is light in body with estery belgian notes as well as light toasted notes. At its worst, it tastes like very roasted barley with no body behind it. I’ll rate it at its best, though.
Dragon99 (57) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - NOV 3, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initial taste is very malty. Definitely uses dark malts, like chocolate and a bit of roasted barley. Aftertaste has just a hint of hops indicating a light hop profile.
Overall impression: very smooth and drinkable. Sweet, definitely not bitter. A nice warm-me-up for cold winter nights while still leaving your mouth as pleasant as it entered.
mattcolo99 (27) - USA - OCT 28, 2001
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice...It’s fruity and sweet but a beautiful body. New Belgium hits a homer again.