gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great color and flavor. Lots of malt and spice, banana, cloves and maybe fig.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2003 Lathering atop the brown mass was pure cream..shrinking as I watched..
the aroma brought on memories of children skipping banana chips along the spicy sea...
warm acid carmel, figs..(I"m not trying to copy the commercial description here, but it is very accurate...)..A touch of cherry candy injected with a coriander/nutmeg blend...
re-rate: yeasty, kinda like i remember the chimay red..
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 The high alcohol content and extremely apparent fruitiness almost makes this beer taste like wine at times. An excellent beer nonetheless. (This was the first belgain ale I'd ever had, and seeing as how I was probably not only giving this a good rating for merit but for innovation as well, I would probably rate it lower if I were to try it again, but that day has not come yet.)
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great abbey style ale. I am more inclined to the trippel myself.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber with a red hue. Big creamy looking Belgian head. Aroma is very appealing with some fruity esters of banana, fig, plum and raisin and a good helping of spice. Starts out a little sweet and finishes on a hoppy note. A pretty decent American made dubbel.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful nut brown color and creamy, tan head. Fruity aromas and flavors, with a little spice. Flavors are banana, plum, fig, grape. There’s a pleasant sweetness that is balanced by the dry, subtley hopped finish.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a pretty chestnut brown with a very thin head. Almost a smoky aroma with no hint of the ABV. This is a delicious beer. Another big thanks to Gusler for this one.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed amber color with a smooth dark cream head. Head clings to the glass as you imbibe. Fig and over-ripe banana aromas, a bit overpowering. A lot of malt flavor. Bananas, earthy peat with a peppery spiciness loom in the rear. Alcohol is well hidden. Perhaps a touch to bitter for style, but I don’t mind it. Aftertaste of banana bubble gum... wait a bit and the slight smokiness lingers.. and then back to a Special B malt flavor. I think I need to try this with a good maduro.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a huge fan of NB brews, but this one is excellent. I agree, probably their best.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very good beer with a good alcohol kick. Probably the best from NB.