BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 The beauty of this beer in the finish. Lingering spice and the cherry really starts to emerge - very dry finish. Texture is wonderfully rich - creamy and a little slick. Aroma has a touch cherry with malt and spice and flowers - smells a bit like a fine cigar. Hint of banana. Sweet with hops popping in toward the middle and lingering nicely - again for that spicey, ashen finish. Appearance is reddish brown and hazy. The color on the head is beautiful - deep golden brown - toffee colored. Very nice and I feel the warmth of the 9.8% taking over. Very nice!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color with a small dense light brown head.Aroma is amazing,fruit,malt,spices,soy sauce?? Sweet,rich a filling beer.Extremely complex and should age well and hopefully change it's course.
ARMed (570) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is exceptional. Ruby-red with a hint of cloudiness. Immediatetly after poppoing the bottle you get a beautiful barley-wine scent. It smells and tastes very much like a tawny port. You can also taste the slight hint of plums, raisons and grapes. Rich chewy and robust in flavor. Very smooth scintillating aftertaste that just keeps you asking for more. Alcohol is well hidden but also apparant. Lightly carbonated.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby colored. Big sweet maltiness, lots of sweet cherry flavor. Cloying, actually. Some alcohol presence. Lindeman's Kriek presence makes a lot of sense. Thanks, Slikwily!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 This is the original vintage a few years before the Lindemans Blend: Deep orange-ruby hue. Wood, dark fruit, sweet nose. Small beige head. Very sweet, dark fruit, woody, figs, cherry, almost tart towards the middle. Medium bodied, finishing with a dry lingering dried apricot and candy sugar flavor. I was supposed to trade 6 bottles of this crap to someone, but they backed out, so I have 5 more to deal with...Anybody interested?!
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby red color wiht a small tan head. A sweet fruity( brandied cherries) aroma. A swet fruit malt taste, alcohol, raisins. This finishes a little too sweet for me.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ooohhh...this is a sultry brew! Seductive vanilla pulls you in, and then the robust dark chocolate holds onto you...hmmm...Perfect malty finish, and spicy plums in the aroma. A somewhat chewy mouthfeel, and I'm definetly tasting bananas somewhere. Highly complex.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Original TP - 4.3 - Dark brown with hints of red - very low carbonation - inviting aroma of yeast, plums prunes, brown sugar and alcohol - flavor is a delicious mixture of chocolate, plums, dark cherries and some molassas - silky mouthfeel, lingering malty finish - great beer. New TP (with kriek) - there really isn't much difference between this and the original, besides the slight, tart cherry flavor added by the lambic, which is actually difficult to detect - there's a bit more chocolate in this one, esp. in the finish, and the body appears to be a bit thinner - still a great beer, though.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich reddish-brown, somewhat translucent, with small brown head. Aroma is sweet like prunes and/or figs brown sugar, bread yeast and slight scent of alcohol. Flavor is carmelly sweet more than I would prefer wtih a dryness on the finish from the alcohol. Good Belguim, but not world class.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
POurs a deep dark brown with very little head and almost no lacing. The aroma is very winey, and the taste closely resembles a port. Tastes very much like carmelized brown sugar. Overall I was not impressed but definitely something to try.