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 (5287) - 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.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark ruby-brown color. Pour a medium sized light tan head. Very nice nose on this one with cherries, raisins, plum, a hint of some dark chocolate and some fragrant spice. Alcohol is somewhat prevalent in taste but not overpowering. Finish is bitter sweet. Good stuff!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a very big foamy heads, even when cold. Tastes of bubblegum and spice, a pretty dry and dusty finish. A good US made Belgian, but I prefer Allagash.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Cork removal could have been more enthusiastic. Wow! One of the finest noses I have encountered in a beer: loud and round, bubble gum, coconut, light perfume, cedar, fruit cake, fig, ripe plum, banana, subtle phenols, cinnamon, and the spicy alcohol is uncannily resemblant of cinnamon. Pungeant as heck as it arrives at room temp. Soft feel is like liquid silk. Brisk carbonation, somewhat velvety. Licorice notes, very sweet raisiny malt, honey, fig, and plum. Adequately spicy hop finish with nice touch of dryness. Absolutely balanced to perfection. I imagine this will convert to liquid bread within a few years when the malt really gets a chance to show its stuff. Acidity and slightly watery palate are the only weakness here. Pretty solid.
hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks.
The commercial description is sufficient. I won’t repeat it. If you like Belgian beer, you’ll enjoy this hearty brew. It’s not Westy Extra 8, but it’s damn good. Hey, next time you’re at the Baseball Hall of Fame, stop by the brewery have ’em draw one for you.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 Licorice surrounds the berries, cherries and black grapes, while earthy yeast acompanies the shy leafy hops in the finish...Rather dry for the style, with ligh brandy connotations in the aftertaste…Subtle caramel links all flavors admirably...