jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark burgundy colour with a very minimal tan head. Smells of pit fruit, plentiful malt, a hint of metal and sweet caramel are all noticeable in the aroma. Medium-bodied; Carbonated mouthful, weak taste. Flavours in the taste are malt, dark pit fruits, chocolate and a very astringent alcoholic kick. Aftertaste very bittered from the malt and from the chocolate flavours and the alcohol is still noticeable very late on. Overall, a decent beer, but really not as good as everyone makes it out to be (in my own opinion of course). Worth trying, because it is a great deal-sub $4 for a 75 cL bottle! I bought this 75 cL bottle at Wegman's in Pittsford, New York.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing smell. Like a fresh fruit basket. Fruity in flavor as well. Nice!
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A brown with crimson highlighted foam collar sits on top of a ruby to brown ale, with aromas of dried spices and an earthiness that's hard to describe...so I won't try.(Oh, ok, smells kinda like topsoil and craisins...happy?)...All most no fruit on the palate except for maybe dried figs or dates, combined with chocolate and coffee, with a lingering mocha aftertaste, with a little licorice and yoghurt. Pretty darn good, as this kinda beer goes, but not a favorite due to a slightly too big bitter chocolate component.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear burgundy, with a light, cookie-brown head. Nose is very malty and bready, with some minute sweet (chocolate?) notes. Flavor is nice and intense, sweet burgundy undertones. Very smooth palate, mild-medium carbonation. An extremely well-brewed beer. I gotta get me some more. :-D
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, cloudy body with both purple and red highlights. Head is full and is a very, light-brown color. Smells very curious. Its a typical abbey-style with sweet sugars, dates and yeast but there is also pineapple and cinnamon in the nose. Taste is not very sweet, and is pleasantly balanced. Plum, pineapple, and lemongrass come first, followed by generous hops. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and not silky. Aftertaste is raisin, pitfruits, coffee and alcohol. This is a very good beer, especially when considering its pedigree and commonaliy. Still, I consider this is a must try. Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Total Wine & Beverage in McLean, VA.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Nice head retention & lacing of beige/tan head w/ murky chestnut brown body. Dark fruit(plum), toasty malt sweetness and clove yeast. Some brown sugar notes as well. No hop presence in the aroma. Flavor is fairly dry, but finishes on a bit of a sweet malty side. Light hop flavor in the finish and a little bit of chocolate and malt sweetness mid sip. Plum fruitiness is farirly evident. Toasty and bready malts intermingle w/ plum fruitiness along with spicy clove and peppery yeast. Finish is a bit semi sweet w/a lasting fruity aftertaste. Fairly dry mouthfeel with a lighter body. I’m slightly disappointed with the body, but it’s minor flaw IMHO; Carbonation is moderatly high and has a great warming alcohol mouthfeel; A really good beer!!! I mean a really, really good beer, especially for the price!!!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby, brown color. Spicy, fruity flavors. Has a bit of a warming feel. A nice complex abbey.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet color with large foamy head. Candylike aroma and flavor of malt, molasses, caramel, fruits, and alcohol. Finished dry and clean.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2003 Tasted in DC from Cairo. Aroma has very strong alcohol notes. At first this through me off. The scent was almost like a whiskey or burboun. But, after the first taste, things began to settle down. Taste starts off slightly bitter, almost like dark chocolate. Then, the malty / sweet elements come to the front. Deep dark in colour. Nice light brown head. Very good beer.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I never thought I would like a belgian strong ale this much, but I LOVED this beer. It smelled like a freshly opened package of liquid malt extract, but with a slight tang. Dark ruby red color, thick fluffy caramel head, and a sweet smooth malty flavor. I've never given a 5.0 rating to a beer here before, but this one surely deserves it.