beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is bready, bubble gum and cherries. A medium bodied abbey double. Malts are fruity, sweet and cokkish. Hops are citrus and spicy. Fruity, cherries, raisins, orange, banana, cloves and figs. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. There is a touch of alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Nice beer.
beerbastard (631) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy brown, Sweet Fruity aroma of brown surgar, clove, banana, and bread. Creamy and warming. A great deal and easy to find.
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - APR 14, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I think it is just my taste, but I found this brew to be awful. I think that I am not a Belgian style drinker, so take my words with a grain. I could not even finish this brew. Normally I am a big fan of New Belgium brews, but this was not one I could stomach.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good wheat/yeast aroma. Dark red cloudy body with good white head. wheat and yeast flavor. Meadium carbonation and creamy texture.
boto (1796) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighter reddish-brown in color. Big head that stays around for awhile. Complex aroma of fruit and caramel. Similar tastes with a good sweetness to it. Big malt body. A darn good representation of the style. It's only drawback is that it seems to be a bit lighter than usual for this style.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Golden red and brown, good head. Smells of sugar, caramel, and squash. Frothy at first, with a wonderful carbonation and palate. Alcoholic bite, but a nice balance of sour and bold. There must be some good people brewing in Fort Collins, as this is as good as any true Belgian I’ve had.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh yes! When I can't get myself a Westmalle ... I look for this one. Great color - looks like mud. Heady aromas of spices, nutmeg or cinnamon. Malty and begging for more.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado. Nice full brown color with a ruby touch. A thick spice with ginger and cinnamon. A nice strong malt, slightly warming, and well balanced. A long spiced aftertaste. This would be great on a nice winter night.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light brown color with a thin fast fading head. Caramel, butterscotch and Belgian yeast aroma. Body is pretty fully carbonated with a touch of tartness. Sweet caramel malty undertones caress the tongue and finish dry and musky. Very good duplication of this Belgian style especially considering it's American.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is slightly yeasty, slightly fruity, with good richness...Color is a clear brown-amber with a big canyoned head---copious lace---very handsome indeed...Flavor features sweet roasty malts in the foundation while apple-like fruitiness and light spiciness ride atop. Hops and light carbonation provide dryness and sparkle. The finish is lightly dry...The body is medium-full, and the layering of flavors is very impressive and adds to the fine balance...This is very well-constructed...The multiplicity of flavors and fine mouthfeel make this one of this excellent brewery's best offerings.