GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy brown/amber body. Ripe, alcoholic and intense. woody (oak) mellow and warm. Astringent and dry. Rummy notes, licorice and some phenolitic character. Soft front, aggressive finish. Complex and strong, this is pretty solid stuff.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark rubyish brown, with a nice lasting medium head. nice earthy malt aroma, with hints of raisins and other dark fruits. medium bodied and with a moderate sweetness. fairly malty with dark chocolate, licorice, raisins, dark fruits present. Alcohol is well masked, cherries are there but quite subtly, with a nice pleasant finish. Basically this is one damn good beer, and one that will probably be even better with some cellaring. Highly recommended
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a chimay chalice, 3P is deep brown with a light brown smallish head, fully diminishing. Bottle-conditioned with a few yeast particules. Deep malt aroma, most herbal from our ABT lineup (sage, basil). Malt profile is caramelic, but also fruity. Now I know this is made with cherry lambic and I can find the cherry aspect to it, but I'm not confident I would've without searching it. On the other hand, there's a definite peachy profile into this, together with bready yeast and maple. The body is outstanding, better than any ABT from belgium I've had, decadent creaminess and perfectly mouth-filling. Finish is chocolatey and malty. A fine-tuned desert beer, a most excellent rendition by Ommegang, who would have thought a New York State brewer could make a beer to match the monks' legendary big guns. 2 thumbs up Martin!
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark amber in color. raspberry and raisin aroma. tastes like raisins with a malty finish
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2004
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Re-Rate: Looks great but tastes like sour cherries (in a bad way) soaked in rubbing alcohol. My original rating was 4.4 so I expected much more.
2004 SE Gathering: Pours a brownish red with a distinct port wine aroma and flavor. Texture is thin and smooth. Very good.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth and malty, with some spices - slightly sweet, molasses and fruits. Alcohol is warming but is mostly masked behind the other flavors. Very very nice.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer sampled at the Southeastern Gathering...Dark ruby in color nice tight head with good retention...Flavor was dark fruits raisins and plums with some heavy licorice tones. A great beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice and rich. Deep ruby/burgundy, decent head. Nose very figgy, lots of raisins, bit of alcohol, rich and strong. Lots of dark fruit in the flavor, figs, raisins, and dark cherries. Bit bright fruity, apple or peach possibly? Anyways, quite good.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2006 A full and creamy khaki head of majestic proportions sits gracefully on a deep and dense ruby hued body. The aroma begins with dried cherries, figs and prunes and expands to encompass a rich glass of real cocoa, right down to the lactic aroma of warmed milk. Malty graham cracker and sweet bread elements peak through. Vinous, oaky qualities seem to arise late in the game. Bananas, blackberries, brown sugar are a few of the other sweet treats that find their way in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat of a departure from the aroma, providing more sourness from start to finish than is anticipated. Upfront dark fruits and hints of chocolate take lead. Mid-palate is where the lactic sourness really finds its strength, combined with that quirky tang of blood oranges. The finish exhibits sparse bitterness and instead provides a slow warming alcohol note, some clove and cardamom spices and a sweet aftertaste reminiscent of tawny port. Mouthfeel is big and chewy throughout and this one never dries out, staying firmly sweet and maybe a touch sticky all the way. Fortunately, the carbonation is formidable and keeps everything moving along in the end.
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish copper, nice tan head. Rich malty candyish aroma, with brandy, cherrym alcohol flavors. The alcohol seems a bit too prominate, unfortuneately. Wll made beer, but.it left me a bit cold. Sampled at Ratebeer Southeastern Gathering, Atlanta, 2004