Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet spicy-malty aroma -- warm and welcoming. Lovely dark unfiltered copper color. Mildly sour, but flavorful with some residual banana esters. A little too sour and in your face for a gentle Belgian, and a little too subtle for a knock you out American.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had to re-rate this, since I tried it before tasting Westy and Rochefort. I initially rated it a 4.1. But I really had to re-rate it after trying Weyerbacher Quad, which absolutely blows this stuff away and is comparable to any beer in the world.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best offering in their lineup,why didn’t they cave age this????
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Certainly not the best Belgian Strong ever. However for the price, it is a great beer.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - MAY 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer really impressed me with the head on it. Dark color with very little sweetness to me. It doesn’t hide the alcohol though. I need to get a bottle of this and age it for awhile. ;)
Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - APR 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really fruity, goes down smooth, but it seems to lack some true Belgian Strong Ale Qualities. Not too expensive, which is a big plus.
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.