ARMed (575) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Excellent color with a bubbly head. A good Belgium style ale that tickles the nose. Strong finish with a slighty sweet fruity taste. A good beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark murky ale. Strong caramel taste. Tried hard to finish. Don’t see much of what the fuss is about this ale. Does’nt touch much of the other Belgium ales
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great American version of a Belgian Abbey Ale. Everything about this beer was great.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This really is a good beer and well worth cellaring a few bottles for an extra year. Additional age shows how much this beer really does stand up well agianst Chimay. Ommegang has done a fine job.
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New York City? What does anyone in NYC know about Belgian Beer? Alot, by the overall experience with this wonderfully rich and robust version. Kudos!
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
what a beer . great to open several in a sitting you can drink alot and spend a little great flavor and all that stuff that writing about takes the fun out of just trying good beer. i try to find what is good instead of fault
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow! Overwhelmingly rich, which I really like; earthy, chocolatey, vinous, sweet. Hops more discernible than is usual for a Belgian, but this was no problem at all. There was some oxidization, but it was the beneficial, vintage Port or Sherry kind. I had this as my Fourth of July celebratory beer, and it stands as a testament to the skill of America’s craft brewers. I cannot do less than give it a perfect score.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like frothy iced tea. Aroma is sweet grain, berries, musty and slightly tannic. The malt front reminds me of sweet Hawaiian bread you get at a deli. Knocked off a few points for an unpleasant, alcoholic astringency.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like Oakes’ banana-chocolate comparison, and I’m going to stick with it because I can’t really think to write anything better now. Might be my favorite from the brewer at this point, though I am not their greatest champion.