DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The wide range of flavors in this Belgian strong is made all the more impressive by how different each sip can be. To really enjoy this brew, sit somewhere quite and ponder each sip. Though the flavors here are every bit as rich and rewarding as, say, Chimay Blue, it does a lack a little in mouthfeel.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Drafting Room. Deep mahogany with a large head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar and sweet malts. Alcohol warmth. Full body.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught: Moderately sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Poured black with a larger, dark-brown head that lasted throughout. No lacing. Opaque. Flavor was sweet and malty. Tasted of chocolate and coffee. Soft carbonation. Fully body. Thick texture. Sweet finish.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle. Pours deep brown with a nice beige head and intricate lacing. Notes of tangy citrus and hops abound in the melody being played out in the glass. A nice trio of yeast, raisin, and strawberry jelly come together to form a melodious and enjoyable tune. The mouthfeel plays like a smooth trumpet played by a lonely man on a low-lit street corner in Big City, USA. Enjoyable brew.
ekstedt (6489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2011 Bottle (35 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear read dark copper color with big but quickly diminishing beige head. Some complexity in the aroma with caramelly malt, dark bread, died friuts and oranges, earthy hops, and a clear yeast note. Some notes of aceton. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Well integrated sweetness and alcohol, and a dry and bitter finish. Quite mediocre.
Sammy (11040) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber with soapy big head, lace. Watery, sweet and spicey. A tad toasted malt. Thanks Derek.Big alcohol, not noticeable, but inefficient to the taste. Serviceable beer, not quite up to its style.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby body topped by a small tan head. Sweet, yeasty with dried fruit aroma. Dark cherry flavor stood out above the malts and othher fruit and left just the right amount of tartness on my palate. Very enjoyable
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. mahogony pour with nice tan head. apricot, raison, roasted malt and fresh hop aroma. medium body with a lively palate that becomes milder as it warms. plum, raison match rich malts and ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. enjoyed this by the fire pit and love every second of it.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. beautiful dark mahogany pour with a nice little head. complex aroma: bittersweet fruit, maple sap, caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol mixed w/brown sugar. bitter caramel/sugar syrup and hoppy taste. also, orange peel, hints of grape, tanginess, and spice. not as much finish as i hoped for, but well rounded all the same.
vyvvy (5610) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with a reddish hue with a short lasting fizzy brown head. The aroma has caramel malt, earthiness, 7-up, grapes and anise. Medium / full body with a good amount of semi-sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with earthy toasted malt, raisins, some sourness and moderate spiciness. The finish has lots more spice, anise and some astringency. More of a dark fruit presence comes in as the beer warms. This is an okay Belgium style ale. I may have to try this again down the road, but it just just lacked something special to really capture my interest.