akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good belgian. lots going on in this one. the high carbonation keeps the flavors moving on the tongue. everytime you think about it you are tasting something new, i love that. lots of dark flavors such as raisins, plums?, and lots of rich thick alcohol. that alcohol is apparent in the flavor and aroma and so are many of the fruity flavors. i will have another bottle of this one.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow, this is nice beutiful ruby brown color, with minimal head. fantastic aroma of raisins andI think toffee. definite malt presence, now its warming definte plums and brandy type taste, getting a little bit of banana now, an excellent belgian brewed in the us, put a couple in the cellar, can’t wait to tasxte in a year or two
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice. Had at room temperature but should be a little cooler IMO. Very good with a little alcohol bite in the finish. Impressive Belgian from the US.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 This one pours a deep, clear burgundy color with an off white head. It has a big, fruity aroma of caramel and alcohol. Full bodied with medium carbonation, caramel dominates the flavor, with hints of banana, toffee, and alcohol. Very malty sweet finish with a slight yeasty bitterness. A fantastic Belgian style ale, big and rich with delicious flavors of banana, caramel, and toffee. Yummy, I can almost drink this with a fork.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep Burgandy color looks fantastic in this Tulip Glass, flavours of plums, raisins,and sweet malts. This beer helps me look forward to the holidays,it is a superb Belgian type strong Ale.Warming improves it,& it is well balanced and an impressive choice, looking forward to seing what bottles purchased this year will taste like in the fall of 03 or 04.Being slighty watery hurts somewhat this one from being a top notch Ale. still Highly Recommended
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex and unique. Great fruit aromas. Tastes of green apples, toffee, and as the commercial description suggests--licorice. The problem for me is the hideous finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-Rate 10/18/02: The pour an opaque dark cherry red, the head adequate, but dissipates quickly, leaving skimpy lace. ’Ah! That nose’, malt, bubble gummy, sweet, plummish, quite delectable. Front is sweet, malt laden, the top is moderate, the finish parched, alcohol bitter, masterfully hopped, intensely acidic, but a most drinkable beer that deserves a sample. Ranks #224 on my current 1000 beer master list.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown hue, good fizz and head formation. Banana milkshake aroma, mild hints of toast, earthiness and fruit. Medium bodied, smooth palate. Sweet banana flavor with licorice and burnt toffee imparting a little dryness in the finish. Nice complexity.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just finished painting the wood siding on the front of our house - I’m hot and tired; I reach in my fridge, what will it be for my #500? Coors light or PBR??? NOOOOO.....I decide to relax and savor this thick and vinous concoction. Caramel and sugary sweet malts, lingering alcohol and hops. As I relax and the ale warms it becomes even thicker, hints of plum, licorice and bing cherries. An hour floats by before I finish. Sublime.......
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color, medium head. Rich smooth malts almost fruity. Nice hop signature. Finish is very clean, good mouth feel. Aftertaste is malty. The maltyness shines through on the finish. Smooth taste despite 8.5 % alcohol.