Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Dark ruby/brown with a perfect tan head, made of tiny carbonation bubbles, lasts almost entire bottle. Great lacing. Aroma is a strange combination of citrus, dark fruit, faint alcohol, (more as it warms), and spice. Except I am getting a minty/parsley like spice/herb. Flavor is on par with all the top belgians IMO. Big sweet malt base, residuel sugars, plum and cherry, even faint banana, pepper, alcohol. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Underated IMO. Catching quite the buzz after milking this thing for two hours!
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Bottle: Pours a red color. Deep dark red ... almost no other colors at all. A thick, tall fluffy light tan head. Smells of hops ... suprised to smell that in a Belian Strong Ale, especially one as highly rated as this one. Also some musty skunk in there, as well as alcohol, citrusy/lemon, and a little spice. The flavor is raisins, a litttle touch of hops on the finish, dry crisp finish despite the wet malty front. A little nuttiness and some cherries and other fruits.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dak red with a light tan head. Some of the best lacing I have witnessed in a beer, the foam stuck to the top of the glass when I swirled the cup. Besides that, it was slightly disappointing for a belgian winter specialty. Mind it was still enjoyable, I just expected more from this brewery. Good heavy handed use of dark candi sugar gives a roasted fruit character to this dryish beer. Best enjoyed at warmer temperatures and poured violently to release the high levels of carbonation.
bhensonb (11491) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alcohol interferes with aroma -meaning, I guess, that I don’t detect anything strongly. Dark ruby brown color. Flavor is malt, accompanied by unassignable fruit. A bit sweet, but that’s expected. The malt overpowers the hops at the finish. Very drinkable, but perhaps a bit of citrus would balance things.
Oycpff (93) - USA - APR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby, mostly clear body. Big creamy light-tan head. Looks very nice. Lacing is superb. The aroma is coriander, citrus, and thyme. The thyme really comes out in the flavor. Malt backs the spice up, minimal hops. Sweetness is big but not overpowering in any way. The thyme keeps coming back, if you are not a fan of thyme you may not like this one. Sticky body with a decent amount of alcohol in the finish.
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a very nice brownish color with a medium sized lacing head. Aroma is of spice and some alcohol. Taste is sweet spicy fruit maybe some nutmeg citrus and some other spices. Very solid beer with a somewhat alcoholic finish
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled at my house for beer night with Stegosaurus. Pours deep amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus,spices, alcohol. Flavor is fruit, alcohol,spices, citrus, and carbonation.
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Pumpkin brown with a big head that settles to a skin. Moderate lacing. Standard yeasty-funky Belgian nose; thyme is evident but subtle. Crisp and bracing. Orangey with mild mulling spice. Sweet malts give it a holiday touch but still drinks like a blond.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75ml bottle from Downeast Beverage co. pours a murky dark brown. aroma is nutty and yeasty with malts, fruit and spiceyness. flavor reminds me of a lighter Gulden Draak. with many of the same attributes as the aroma. unique in that it finnishes with a distinctive yet balanced spiceyness, tyme, basil, coriander and citrus. very nice. the only downfall is that this beer seemed a bit thin, but that may be cause i drank a imperial stout right before. all in all a verry good beer, but a bit to expencive for my budget. about $9.50 for a big bottle. i would rather have a Gulden Draak if im gonna pay that money
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown coloured, with a large off white head. NIce yeasty aroma, with some fruity and malty touches (nutty and raisins), light roasted and some caramel. Full body, creamy texture. Finish is light bitter, sweet again with some caramel, and some alcoholic hints.. A great beer.