evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep burgundy pour, with a wonderful complex aroma, green apples, cherries and chocolate. generous frothy head. full bodied and smooth with a bite at the end followed by a long dry finish
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 POTENT. This brew will explode on your toungue. The key word here is Twizzlers. Acidic finish.
1more4dessert (326) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
looks like prune juice, tastes like a slightly sweet carbonate port wine. Definately a sipper. Boy this would taste good with venison, a rabbit stew or other hearty fare. Palate is more complex than just about anything in my experience, velvet to sting to silk.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep color and full flavor. Nice aroma Very smooth going down in with nice head. CAnt wait to get a hold of another one
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown-amber color. Nice malt aroma. Good body, well structured, quite sweet in the front and correctly balanced later; caramel and liquorice.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color with a massive head, and a yeasty aroma that smells like fudge in the oven. Big and breadlike with toasty chocolate flavors, plums and a touch of saltiness. Warm and plenty sweet but not overpoweringly so. The finish was smooth and dry, and I didn't really notice the alcohol all that much. Has the most "imported" character to it of any American beer I've sampled to date. Outstanding!
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red-brown with thick head and fair lacing. Sweet, malty/fruity aroma. Powerful malt flavor, some citrus fruits. Bitter finish. I think this stuff is as good as anything brewed in Belgium.
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Poured reddish brown color with an off white head. It had a sweet aroma of fruit and caramel maltiness. Definite honey taste upfront, some sweetness, dark fruits turns alittle sour with a malty chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn on the way down.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a hazy, brown with red tones and a small tannish head with some lacing around the edge that just wouldn't quit.
Smells fantastic with lots of fruit and malt tones, mostly citrus with some melon, grape, raisin, and fig all dancing around with a super sweet malt in the nose thats soft and subtle. Taste is pretty much in your face with a whole lotta of malt thats sweet and lends into the the tropical feel and taste of melon and some citrusy bitterness and vanilla. Feel is medium bodied, silky smooth with a huge bitterness in the end that really soured to much for me. It started nice, but I think perhaps a little more aging would calm the bittery end down some. Not bad at all, pretty drinkable, is darn good and sip worthy as it warms.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 12. oz bottle. Dark brown with ruby tinges around the edges. Good size tan head. Slightly vinuous alcoholic notes in the aroma overlay the malt. First impression was of sweet malty molasses which fades into the background somewhat as the full boidies alcohol asserts itself. Interesting finish and aftertaste with some lingering dark fruits. Palate is quite nice. Good beer well deserving of the re-rate.