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 (10077) - 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 (8491) - 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...
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My dads ’house beer’. It’s a great, cost effective to a Belgian Stong. Lots of malts, spices, and flavor. Originally backed by Duvel, Dubisson, and De Smedt, and also an importer via the affiliate Vanberg & DeWulf.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sort of a Rochefort Lite (and that’s a compliment, of sorts). I wish that I was better at identifying these flavors (maybe cookie dough?) but something about the nose and my first impressions really reminded me of Rochefort 10, albeit with less oomph. Not quite hall-of-fame caliber (sorry, couldn’t resist), but a terrific pseudo-trappist, especially considering the price. Incredibly, they carry this in many supermarkets here in western New York.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty! chocolaty and pruney. Best American made dubbel. Fruity aroma. Rich creamy head.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
almost stoutlike head, slight choclate notes, you think there’s nothing there then a wave of flavor hits then vanishes like a cowboy into the sunset, gets more alcoholic as it warms
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice belgian ale. very good head, good form and color. deep and rich and nutty in flavor with a bitter sweet finish. Not bad for a brewer founded in 1997
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff definately made for a good night cap. Nice reddish brownish murky color. With a nice head the packed a powerful aroma punch. Dark fruits with a tiny bit of spice. A little sweet but not too much. excellent brew.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chocolate colour w/ burgandy hue and big frothy head. Quite fragrant: fruity (raisins, dates, prunes) & spicy w/ notes of orange peels, clove, coriander, aniseed. Medium bodied and warming. Sweet malt and fruity (raisins, dates, plums) flavours w/ hints of vanilla, chocolate, orange, and caramel.