thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown. The aroma is the best part of this brew. Flavor is like candy apples. Imatation of of Belgian brews. Good but not quite as good as the originals.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with red hue. Poured out a 12oz bottle. Very fizzy, the head did not last long at all. Initially I got an apple aroma, a good one though, not green apples. It moves along into candy sugar with some alcohol notes. Lingering dry bitterness in the end. Body is a bit thin.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 750ml shared with the wife - David Copperfields NYC. For me this is too sweet an attempt at recreating a good Belgian beer. The colour is a muddy brown. There is lots of candy sugar in both the nose and the mouth, but it just doesn't seem balanced enough.
tpoid (25) - Boynton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep color w caramel head that held the entire time.
Fruity, very tasty. You want to drink this slowly and taste all the nuances.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very fruity, malty aroma, cherry, spices. Nice head that is decently lasting, nice ruby coloration. Nice complex fruits, pretty smooth, pretty good.
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 (533) - 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.