lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 tap from toronado.... smelled sweet and malty and possibly a hint of smoke or a hint of fresh cut oak, the glass made this beer look perfect, but the flavor was almost a disaster - sweet, hoppish, made me think i was drinking maple syrup, tad thick and flat on the tongue
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good-sized off-white head with smooth, tight bubbles, amber body with rising carbonation, sweet, fruity nose with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Sweet body, spicy/bitter lingering finish. Slight alcohol pepper notes.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This pours a deep, ruby red color with a small, mostly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is fruity and malty with a touch of alcohol and hints of vanilla and yeast. It has a full body with low carbonation and a very smooth, creamy mouth feel. The flavor is strongly malty with some subtle fruit notes. The finish is long and malty sweet with a touch of alcohol. Very subtle and complex flavors emerge while drinking this 750 ml bottle. This is a good ale, though not one of the best from Belgium. Still, it is very drinkable and tasty.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I headed to Saratoga to visit Big Basin Bistro after I left Stoddard's brewpub in Sunnyvale last Thursday. Thanks again to the peeps in Ratebeer forum to steering me to such a killer Brewpub as BBB was my favorite establishment whilst I stayed in the San Jose area. Had this on tap in a Chimay goblet. This brew pours a dark red honey amber. The thin wispy white head diminishes quickly with little lacing. The nose is a very pleasant combination of ginger and nutmeg, and vanilla and alcohol. The fruity flavor is short and sweet. The palate is full, soft, and dry with a chalky feel to the finish. Big Basin Bistro is a great place that takes great care of the beer. The owner will even take you back to the keg room to show you the setup.
Aurelius (3717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, leathery, caramel and some smoke in the aroma. Rosy chestnut brown, ok label, no head. This was a nice glass of beer. Tartish finish. Medium sweetness all the way. Palate hangs on a bit cidery. Bottle, Ybor City.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden color.Medium head that sticks around.Nice caramel flavor as well as a caramel malty aroma. Not as strong as most Belgians. A smooth drink that finishes as well as it starts.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden straw color. Thin head for a Belgian Strong but lots of fizzy carbonation and the head never relented. Very lacy. Citrus and grassy aromas. Somewhat soapy feel and taste. Very consistent from start to finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap; golden and honey color. The glass and its wooden holder is also novel and is what attracted me to this brew. Very strong and distinctive flavor I can't break down. Its kind of planty or earthy, with a pinch of spice. Middle of the road in excellence. Definitely worth a try!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle - Color is of golden dark honey and the head is super tall, mega froth from the pour, 11.2 seemed more like 16, the head is frothy foam of off-white color but deeper in color at the bottm of a four finger high head. Head is smooth like whipper cream with some large divets.
Smell is mostly malt like caramel and toffee with a light alcohol warmth hint.
Taste is so smooth and yummy, amazingly sweet and malty with some toffee and rum-like capabilties in warmth. It reminded me of the nougat and caramel used in the Three Musketeers bar.
Feel is all sweet and smooth with incredible silkyness and a warming from the alcohol thats like a brandy or rum. Highly recommended on trying this absolutely soothing warm brew.
If you like barleywines this fits in right with 'em.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2003 I expected more from this famous beer and its even more famous glass. The aroma was actually a nice malty caramel to announce a sweet relaxing beer. I don't know if it's cause I had a Westmall Tripel perhaps 30 minutes before the kwak, but it tasted somehow like a weak scotch ale some mysterious spoilsport would have added a little water in. You still feel the alcohol, but it's just not surrounded by a reasearched melodic complexity. I had heard already that this beer had somewhat lost some since a couple of years though.