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 (814) - 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.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2004 Rerate: 2001. Deep ruby red/copper. Nice off white head and lace that dies to a thin coating. Nose of flowers,yeast,malt,dark fruits and wine...almost like chimay blue. Medium body,very soft mouthfeel,tons of yeastiness,floral notes,lighty spiced sweetened caramel/malt(comes out more as it warms) backbone with a decent hop kick. A bit of a citric/acidic note at the end along with an alcohol kick. Pretty elegant for such a strong brew and far different then the 96. Nicely warming and this vintage would be killer in about 1 1/2 to 2 years to let the flavors meld a bit but no more IMHO.
ORIGINAL 1996 Deep,slight hazy copper. No head or carbonation at all. Aromas of malt,dark fruits and winey alcohol prevail. Medium bodied with a load of malts and a tasty caramel sweetness and cookie doughness. Hints of fruit and a nice warming alcohol presence. No clue given that this is 10%. I was actually expecting a better beer, its too mellow and lacks complexity, all flavors i mentioned are fairly subdued or just really melded together. Its either very mellow b/c of age, a compromised sample, or just is what it is. I will have to try the current bottling. It almost reminds, in a strange way of a thomas hardy or jw lees with a lot less muscle. But not bad by any means.
Kodos (200) - USA - MAR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick head on pouring. Banana/cherry? and malt aromas. Spicy and caramel sweet, turning slightly bittersweet with alcohol burn at the end. Nice Barleywine. Enjoy!
Roughskirt99 (3) - utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20