humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark burgandy red like a fine leather reading chair. Nice head and solid carbonation. The aroma is sweet, apple-spiced, light ethanol and wonderful perfumes. The flavor is apple peel with a slight bitterness then sweet malt and champagne yeasty fruitions. Alcohol is present and accounted for, but not over-bearing. This is one of Americas best crafted brews and a great bargain. Its a Strong Belgian-American.
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep reddish brown color, frangrant aroma. One of my favorites and I drink this very often. The spices and the sweetness of the beer blends very well and leaves a wonderful aftertaste and mouth-feel.
Fritz (5) - New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
an incredible abbey. a winter dinner fave. rich and beautiful color. a bit chocolaty.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful deep burdundy with a moderate tan head. Appealing aroma of fruit and spice and candy. Medium body with a slight fizz. However, to me, the flavor was unpleasant. Too astringent.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber. Light continuous head. Strong fruity wine/port aroma. Classy flavour. Sweet cherry and chocolate. Alcohol kick. Almost demands a fancy cigar, steak or desert.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nothing short of brilliant. This abbey ale is one of my favorites. Delicious and awesome.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow, this is a really good beer. cant believe its rated 96%. awesome pour, huge head that lasts the whole glass and when you refil it, same thing. dark red in color. fruity smell with a nice sweetness. taste is sweet smooth and somewhat hoppy. slight taste of raisans and some hints of chocolate. this is a most excellent beer. finish is dry and and leaves a wonderful aftertaste.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. Nice balance in the flavor. Hearty flavors best with hearty meal I’d bet.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 I bought this bottle in July 2001, and have cellered it until now. Pours a cloudy brown, looks like apple cider.
The aroma is fruit, alcohol, and some raisins. Taste is also fruit and raisins, only slightly sweet.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle at the Dundee Dell. This is a big beer with a big mouth feel. Very fruity and berry-like. Strong alcohol burn as it should be. Dark crimson color with an ivory head. Sure, it’s sweet, but the sweetness is easily masked by the strength of the malt character.