AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It looks really thin, with a light amber color. Not much of an aroma, after pouring the beer I wasn't really expecting much, just based on the appearance and the nose. But, I was pleasantly surprised, the palate of this brew seems far darker and thicker than I thought it should, judging by the way it looks in the glass. Complicated flavor, full of sweet syrupy notes, with hints of spices and fruit. Definatly worth a try.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've been waiting forever to try this. Like Chimay Grand but less fruit and more dark, pillow-soft bread. God, this is good. Deep, dark, opague walnut brown. Soupy, creamy, and finishes like velvet. I lament as I finish knowing it'll be a long time before I see any more of this terrific beer.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with a nice, lasting head. Sweet, slightly fruity nose. Biscuity, yeasty, some hints of dark fruits, but not as complex as I had expected. Alcohol was nicely masked and there was a pleasant bitterness at the finish.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown color, with a sweet nose. Some good yeast, dough flavors. Mild hops in the end. Fairly good. Mostly sweet flavors. Medium finish.
heemer77 (5154) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smelled strongly of yeast. The head was small. Had a good hoppy flavor and very strong tastes.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a small greyish head. The aroma was full of candy, bubblegum, and yeast. The flavor was very sweet, bubblegum, fruity, yeasty. Crisp, lively feel.
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 VERY NICE! aroma is of bubblegum with a hint of dried fruit, not sure what fruit. a bit murky, brown with slight yellow/orange appearance, rocky, slightly brown-white head that leaves itself as a very thin ring. dry nuts and dry fruits nicely and softly embedded within a great, animated, overall mellowing sweet flavor... THANK YOU tannertavernboy! i'm officially liking new belgium. UPDATE 9/23/04: i had this as dessert with some ice cream. the warmer it gets the worse of the bitter aftertaste it gets. it's an odd mix of banana, sugar, and a little bubblegum. a mix i don't quite care for. the palate is sharp. this is bitter. it tasted better with chocolate when it was at the very least cool - even better when cold. i don't care for this beer as much as i use to. (i've had this twice!) downrated.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks Aubrey for this Colorado goodie! Pours clear brown with orange highlights. Small off-white head diminished quickly. The aroma is the best part of this brew, dark malts, dark dried fruits, dark molasses bread yeastiness, mapole syrup - very comforting smells. Flavors are complex, it seemed like every time I took a sip I'd find something different. Sweet and tart at the same time, cranberries, figs, bitter spices and a lingering hop finish. Medium body, round pleasant mouthfeel.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice dark amber color. Not very much yeast for a "belgium beer". On the sweet side but yet still malty. Very good and full of flavor.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz poured in a Leffe glass: Almond brown clear robe with a smallish off-white head that lasts, leaves lots of sediments to be found at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is candy bananas, cherries and chocolate malty. In mouth, we find the same flavors than the nose anticipated as well as a lightly tart licorice festival. Medium bodied. Neat balance, nicely yeasty with a dry finish. Quite my type of beer! Thank you Ecrvich!