PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Uncorking the bottle releases wonderful abbey style aroma. Great appearance with a good head. Initially has slight apple taste, then quickly turns to caramel. Very dry finish, and alcohol not too present. Could be a bit sweeter for this style.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was so pleasant...plum, vanilla, citrus rind, and more. The 12 oz bottle was more enjoyable. I think my 750ml was too young as the yeast was floating top & bottom and the dry finnish wasn’t as prevailant. The bottle itself is chock full of info. I highly recommend this beautiful tasty ale.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla, dark chocolate, prunes, orange peel, and anise with a dry warming finish. It’s in there.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It yielded a very pretty pour with a thick, sparkling head. This is one of those beers which gets better as it approaches room temperature. Alcohol came out in the taste but the sweet malts and banana were more pronounced. A subtle spiciness came out in the end. Bits of yeast speckled the bottom of the glass. This is the epitome of Belgian Ale.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A citrusy aroma with a Dark appearance. The initial flavor is sweet with a floral finish and doesn’t last too long. If poured right, it develops a white creamy head, although it didn’t last long for me.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 (Re-rate)Deep ruby/burgundy. Decent tan head and lace. Punchy fruit aromas,hint of banana,honey,yeast hits,alcohol sneaks in a little as it warms. Just a very aroma filled brew. Almost thick bodied,rich as hell. Lots going on here and its strange because it a very laid back brew at the sametime. Flavors of anise,yeast,port,plummy fruit but its all melded together tightly. Finished quite dry wear I get cocoa powder flavors...interesting. Great beer and a fun one to try and figure out.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bananas and apricots and very poor notes from the sampling.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very flavorful, one of the best american belgian ales.
dark coppery color with a small off-white head.
complex flavors though the malt is very clear. some indistinct fruit taste present - not citrusy but sweet and tart like green apple or pear.
some cocoa, toffee like sweetness on the finish.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generous head with a banana-like aroma. Very flavorful and bubbly. A great beer from the hall of fame city.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - MAR 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful fruity taste and aroma. Top notch brew.