jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great balance. Beautiful color and a thick, stable head. Fruity/clove aroma evident. Pears, banana, cloves, yeast all present in the taste; also slightly spicy. Alcohol content concealed well. Great beer once again.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks.
An extreme and complex aroma accompanies this ale. Very malty with notes of caramel, toasted nuts, coriander, allspice, yeast, pears, red wine, dates, ginger and ahhh, hell, they threw in the damn kitchen sink as well.
This sparkling clear mohogany ale has a medium-sized, frothy, khaki head that is mostly diminishing. Decent lacing.
The flavor is perfectly balanced with moderate helpings of malt and hops up front. Bursts of dark fruit on the backside. Very tasty.
Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Medium-length, very dry finish with just a hint of spruce at the wee end. Very nice ale.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep brown color with an impressive head. Some lacing. Noticeable clove aroma and corresponding flavor. Medium mouth feel. Spicy flavor with a very light bannana aftertaste.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As nice to look at as to drink. A nice end with fruit and clove flavor.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, which really does a fair approximation of a true Belgian...nice fruity esthers, and a sweet finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent and authentic Belgian-style double. There is nothing about this beer that misses the mark. A nice belly-warming sensation is noticeable. Subtle hoppy sourness. Yumm.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice ale. Smells wonderful
with notes of berries & figs. Pours up a
nice head and retains a light foam. Best yet
it tastes better than it smells. An incredible
balance of malt and delecious yeast
round out the package. Very good.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good mixture of fruit and spice. A nice almost tangy aftertaste.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-rate 10/13/02: This bottle is a little over 2 years old, so I’m looking forward to the changes. The pour is a deep garnet color, the head insignificant, the lace is skeletal. Nose is malt, light hints of caramel, ’winish’, hints of fusel alcohol. Front is malt, thickly sweet, the top is intermediate, the finish is droughty, discreetly acidic, somewhat sour, unassumingly hopped. There is a bit of ’Tummy’ warming, and a beer I always have in my ’Beer Cellar’, and well worth your effort to try. Ranks #224 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Americanized version of a Belgian Ale. Very appealing amber color with a very thick beige head and good lacing. As a matter of fact I had some spillage that may have been the result of shipping (thanks PhillyBeer2112!). Nice spicy and fruity aroma. Nicely complex flavor consisting of bananas, alcohol, and some other fruits. This is definitely a worthy effort at the Belgian style from a stateside brewer!