Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet aroma, light cherry, malty. Pretty weak, though. Cloudy brown with big yeasty chunks floatig around. Thin off-white head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-high carbonation. Weak flavor. Cherry wood notes, OK malts, light dryness. Bit of alcohol in the after. OK, but no match for a Belgian abt.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not sure how many people are familiar with Sheesha, but it is a tobacco product that is infused with molasses and heavily flavored/scented with fragrant fruit or flower. The aroma from this beer is only comparable to this: thick sweltering perfumey fragrance with sweet tobacco overtones. For once I’ve found a Belgian that really has something backing up that strong yeast. What color here as well, the ruby color is very unusual for a Belgian beer, and the dark head only adds to the appeal. Like many others however, this had a tad too much carbonation, although I admit I allowed this one to age for a while. Full flavor, a tad too thin on the palate, but over-all, very inventive for the style and a very good beer.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive pour featuring a red-brown thick body, with a lacy white head and a good bit of carbonation. The fruity, complex aroma of cherry, alcohol, and sweet malts prepared me for an equally rich and complex set of flavors. Good thick mouthfeel, and a really well-balanced set of flavors for something so complex. Very Good.
HighlanderOne (995) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 RE RATE 01/2010 - Poured from big bottle. Aroma of brandy, vanilla cream, oak. Solid mahogany, thin tan head persists. I taste roasted malt, molasses, barrel wood, with cherry and alcohol in the aftertaste. Quite drinkable, considering the alcohol %. Flavors blend well as it warms. I’m also noticing a hint of Ovaltine too. An excellent brew especially on a cold, winter day
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. Reminds me of an old ale that is a few years old. Will also please the Lambic lover. Cherry is not overpowering. Very nice blend.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RUby red color, medium sized whited head. Creamy, belgain like aroma, with candi sugar, almost bubble gum like aroma. Flavor has cherries, dark fruits, malts, slightly sweet, creamy, sour finish.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pour with a tight white head. Smell of fruit with a tart smell interlaced. First sip brings out the lambic of tart cherry. Good warming drink for winter.
JenT (10) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazing beer with a dark cherry finish and dark body (with a nice red hint). The flavor is perfect, a bit of fruit with a very slight smoke. Goes excellent with chocolate cake for dessert. Highly recommended for stout and porter lovers who’ve always dreamed of mixing it with dark cherries (yet refused to mix it with Lindemans). Contemplate this beer as a dream come true.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
after unseating the plug on this bottle of 2003, a good hollow sounding mini-boom was heard -- not unlike the sound of dropping a large baby on formica. the foam was immense, but as uneven and dingy as a flop-house mattress, and it’s big frantic bubbles would only lace for a moment before scattering like pigeons. trying to sniff this much foam makes one feel like a house plant, ’cause it’s all carbon dioxide, which has a celery-like smell-- and naturally, sodapop. once the foaming action has subsided to a thin creamy wafer, i can surmise that the brewer’s blend of a belgian dubbel with cherries was judicious-- it is by no means overbearing: just pour a bit of kirschwasser over dutch chocolate cake, maybe strawberries dipped in warm caramel, or a cherry-vanilla ice cream shake doused with rum. and though i’m a vegetarian, i can appreciate the likeness to a raw beef steak smothered in a sweet orange and tamarind chutney marinade. in no time the carbonation -- to the tongue-- is almost soft enough to run barefoot over, and a smoothness of palatte is the result. you get the basses and tenors in synchronized and harmonious chorus, the dark sweet malts and clarion tinny bitters in an accord orchestrated by beethoven. a bit of yeast, but little of the grating sourness i’d associate with a lambic. full bodied and nearly creamy as it warms-- with an elegant buzz that will cause even us shy people to play air-conductor along with thier favorite symphony with the wild hair-tossing, insouciant ecstasy of Seiji Ozawa.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rocky, tan head. Slowly diminishing head. Furious carbonation. Cherry, yeasty aroma. Dark amber color. More quad character than lambic. Soft mouthfeel.