willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL Bottle, 3/29/04. Glorious rich ruby-brown, cloudy, syrupy pour. Massive brown head that fades, but a fine coating head lingers. Aromas burst of rich, ripe fruits - cherries, blueberry, apple. Nutmeg and sherry. Smells a tad barley-wine-ish. Flavor has initial metallic tang, but that leaves with the head and chil and is never noticable on the nose. Simple malts are the name of this beers game, but full and delicious. Fruits are lost in the flavor but for some raisin, plum that emerge with temperature. This beer really mellows and improves as it warms. Fantastic! Around 60F+ it is all Toffee, chocolate, and port...yumm!!
The palate is smooth, thinner than expected. Not sweet of cloying as I feared, but a balancing tingly carbonation that excites the mouth. The finish is rather abrupt and dry. Some hops bite closes the deal nicely. Another great experience form Ommegang.
screigh (474) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with a strong large head. The head has lasted an entire glass but zero lacing. No much aroma to my nose. I get a very fruity, almost wine like taste at first. While this brew is good it isn't really my style.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark ruby, lovely little bubbles in the head, and scents of apples. Props to America for this one, which as the last beer of the night, really did me in.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky, dark brown, with thick tan head.Fruity, spicy aroma. Sweet and fruity up front. A bit of spice and carmel through the middle, and a rich smooth finish. Good lingering palate. Its pretty good.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle No Freshness date A clear nice looking reddish color with a tan head that is settling down quickly. Big aroma of fruits and malt, cherries and plums. Body is very spritzy and carbonated yet very smooth and rounded. Flavor is really malty with lots of caramel. Seems to lack some of the finer nuances of a Strong Belgian. Malt is really the flavor here with toffy and caramel but in need of some sugary spicy flavors that would make it a bit more complex. Overall not a bad ale but not one of the better Belgian Strong ales in my opinion.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeasty and pear/pineapple fruity aroma; spicy, lightly chocolatey and fruity flavor: plums and dates, tangy and tart, finishes a little dry; damn good brew.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really like the work "Burgundian" as a description of this beer. Full bodied dubbel with a thin off white head crowning the dark burgundy brew. Fruity nose with a bit of spice. Carmel malts with really light chocolate/toffee notes. Also a presense of dark fruit flavors. That belgian yeasty/ musty odor and flavor is in here too. A dry and warming finish. Would be great as a stand alone dessert, with fresh fruit or a hunk of fresh stilton.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
wonderfully available and inexpensive. very beautiful in the glass, cloudy dark, with a dessert type smell. unfortunately for me i've maxxed out on this overly typical 'belgian' aroma and taste, but doesn't mean it's not good. likely especially nice as an alternative to red wine with a nice meal.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark burgundy with a very short-lived fizzy tan head. The aroma is very sweet at first, caramel and chocolate, then some toffee. The flavor is a nice caramel and toffe combo. There is some dark fruit action going on also, plums maybe. The finish is dry and lively. The body is medium full. I really like this beer. I started drinking this stuff eons ago and have just now gotten around to rating it. I think that I enjoy it more now than I used to. Yum.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with red overtones and a thick head. Hoppy overtones in the aroma. Complex mix of flavors with almost no aftertaste. The higher alcohol content is strong.