ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I sampled the corked, 25.4 oz bottle conditioned variety. This is a deep brown-red ale with a vast, mostly dissipating but nicely laced, tan colored head. There is a strong aroma of dark-roasted malt, overripe cherry or raisin and raw alcohol. The initial flavor is quite sweet, almost like a port wine. Cherry, raisin and other fruit flavors dominate the short, somewhat coarse palate; nice carbonation. There is little noticeable hop flavor, but the finish is quite dry due to the strong presence of alcohol at the back end. Overall, a very agreeable interpretation of a Belgian strong ale somewhat compromised by the short palate.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby color with a substantial and lingering light tan head. Rich aroma of yeast, alcohol, and sweet fruit. Smooth flavor
of sweet fruit (apples, plums, raisins) in which alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming. Mildly spicy also. Finish is
similar with the yeast becoming more noticeable and a warming effect from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat light and
well-carbonated and coats the mouth thinly.
JMerritt (1821) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful murky brown. Tan head is massive and long lasting. Musty, yet weak aroma is dominated by ripened fruit. Robust, complex flavor: licorice, plum, beet sugar. Alcohol is prevalent, especially in the finish. Carbonation is a tad too high for my tastes, but it it still a quite enjoyable brew.
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
smelt like a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag. flavour was definitely bulbous, though slow. combination of red winey acidity and super-estery pineapple lolly notes, or should i say chords cause they're all over the bloody thing. definitely out there - points for originality but not for enjoyability.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Linc again for this one. To quote motelpogo, the aroma was of whiteboard markers. There was also a bit of fuel, raw alcohol and caramel in the aroma. The palate, is caramelly, and candied, with some raw alcohol in the finish, a bit rough and short. It didn't really taste Belgian to me either, not bad.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color, well carbonated and good head retention. A little thin for the style, in my opinion. Fruity flavors dominate, not a lot of hops. A good representation of the style, but not as good as a similar beer, Trois Pistoles from Unibroue. If you have to make the choice, grab Trois Pistoles instead.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, translucent Brown/ruby body. Super thick tan head, foamy and irredescent. Pretty well layered too. Alcohol and ripe fruits. Raisins and some spicyness. A hint of woodyness. Sweet and full, lively palate. Alcoholic and real dry and woody. Some barley grains. Raisiny sweet then dry with ripe fruits and hints of caramel and vanilla. Yeasty and full, a tasty brew, very port wine-ish
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz. corked bottle. Deep, dark red with large white head that disappeared rather quickly. A complex mix of fruity and sweet esters and flavors such as vanilla, caramel, and raisins. Alcohol is present but in just the right amount, not overwhelming, warms you slightly. Excellent beer and even better value at $3.99 for the bottle. I'll find this beer in the strangest of places and get it every time.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soooper dry, nice yeast, nicely spicy (pepper), great plum and raisin and port wine. Quite effervescent. A fine, fine brune - I can't believe I waited this long to find this! Detractions are as others have noted; some astringency and sourness, but my bottle may be old - besides I like the spritz.
beastiefan2k (2496) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark color and a mileage of fruitand flowery type flavors. Personal it seemed like a Chimay Blue wanna-be and the taste was very artifical.