fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown-amber color. Nice malt aroma. Good body, well structured, quite sweet in the front and correctly balanced later; caramel and liquorice.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color with a massive head, and a yeasty aroma that smells like fudge in the oven. Big and breadlike with toasty chocolate flavors, plums and a touch of saltiness. Warm and plenty sweet but not overpoweringly so. The finish was smooth and dry, and I didn't really notice the alcohol all that much. Has the most "imported" character to it of any American beer I've sampled to date. Outstanding!
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red-brown with thick head and fair lacing. Sweet, malty/fruity aroma. Powerful malt flavor, some citrus fruits. Bitter finish. I think this stuff is as good as anything brewed in Belgium.
egajdzis (5500) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Poured reddish brown color with an off white head. It had a sweet aroma of fruit and caramel maltiness. Definite honey taste upfront, some sweetness, dark fruits turns alittle sour with a malty chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn on the way down.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a hazy, brown with red tones and a small tannish head with some lacing around the edge that just wouldn't quit.
Smells fantastic with lots of fruit and malt tones, mostly citrus with some melon, grape, raisin, and fig all dancing around with a super sweet malt in the nose thats soft and subtle. Taste is pretty much in your face with a whole lotta of malt thats sweet and lends into the the tropical feel and taste of melon and some citrusy bitterness and vanilla. Feel is medium bodied, silky smooth with a huge bitterness in the end that really soured to much for me. It started nice, but I think perhaps a little more aging would calm the bittery end down some. Not bad at all, pretty drinkable, is darn good and sip worthy as it warms.
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 12. oz bottle. Dark brown with ruby tinges around the edges. Good size tan head. Slightly vinuous alcoholic notes in the aroma overlay the malt. First impression was of sweet malty molasses which fades into the background somewhat as the full boidies alcohol asserts itself. Interesting finish and aftertaste with some lingering dark fruits. Palate is quite nice. Good beer well deserving of the re-rate.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Deep black cherry/brown color. Smells of strong fruits. Initial taste is heavily fruity and clears a bit, narrowing off into a bit more astringent palate. It had plenty of body and was overflowing with ripe fruit flavors, cherry being the most prominent, while plum and almost a blueberryish flavor contributed as well. Finishes with some yeast and sweetness and a little exra malt that is almost slightly bitter. This, like Trois Pistoles, is a beer I keep coming back to, I dont know what exactly it is, maybe my inexperienced Belgian palate, but I have found that these rounder, less astringent belgians are more in line with the typical anglo-american beer palate. Anyways this is good stuff. Rerate. Been a while since I had it, so I tried it again. Great pour, opaque, lots of beige head, lacing. Aroma is pretty decent, plums, alcohol, raisins, slight tart cherry. Flavor begins with brown sugar and dry plums, good amount of malt. Dries out towards the finish, which is a bit too astringent, while the alcohol is quite apparent. Still, a high quality brew.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Sex and beer,
Sex and beer
are the two things we hold dear.
Sex and beer,
Sex and beer
are the things we like 'round here"
- Pat McMurdy, Summerfest, 2003
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really sweet. Fruit abound and yes cherry is prominent. If you like them sweet this is it.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ole head on this one, with good lacing. Deep red color. Malty, fruity, yeasty nose. Fruity, especially cherry, somewhat sweet taste (although it was not cloying). Tart, sweet finish. Pleasant, dry aftertaste. More complex than your average brew.