Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, we have a winner here. Excellent dark brown Belgian. This will be a repeat buy for sure.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A thick head tops this Dark amber brown brew. the slightly sweet and sour malt aroma draws you to drink this sweet and spicy flavored brew. A good winter warmer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl 1999 best before end 2004 bottle drank on 3/2/2: I liked everything about this beer. Deep rich chocolate taste that just slides down your throat.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2003 Dark raisen in color, creamy malt head. Smells of wine and sweet prunes. Tastes peppry, with notes of leather and fruit. Finishes clean with little after taste.
Re-Rate: 03/27/2003, 1999 edition. Large creamy head, dusty malt aroma. Brown / burgundy in color. Much more mellow than I remember. Still quite good with a dark fruit and pepper taste. Not to sweet like some barley wines.
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Brown body, heavy head. Chocolatey, sweet, Very fruity aroma. Incredibly rich chocolatey initial malt flavor followed by notes of grape/ dark fruit. Long, rich, ugary sweet finish. Rich as hell. Very warming and very smooth for the abv. Good for the winter!
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this. Big malty flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very smooth long finish. Probably my favorite winter beer.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very slight aroma, with little head retention. A pretty average Belgian.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent brown ale. Good head with very faint aroma. Flavor is lightly malty but not to the intensity I would expect for a Belgian Winter Ale.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 1999. Cloudy brown beer w. insignificant head. Very perfumy, dry, fruity aroma w. a soapy (not bad) quality. Complex flavors, herbal - violets, rose, anise, distinct alcohol taste, particularly at fridge temps. Fruity, nice mouthfeel - Brasserie d’Achouffe is underrated - this is an excellent brewery. Finish tends toward sweet, syrupy, but a citrus note prevents it from being cloying. Had this chilled w. outside temps 85F, and it was refreshing and bracing - not just a winter beer, despite the label.