diabel (1605) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Bottle. Clear, amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of flowers, hops, liquor, sweet white wine, vanilla. Quite nice, well balanced flavour with a good complexity. Lightly bitter intiai flavour. Moderately caramelish sweet, lightly bitter finish. So all the sweetnes is in the finish. It’s a quite sweet, but very ok beer. Good balance, but not tremendously complex.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2003 oooo, wow. i like this but it had a really strong alcohol presence in the taste that i found a bit distracting. may have to try it again when i'm not already a bit topsy. other than the alcohol, it is very strong and a bit bitter. it poured nicely without too much foam. give it a whirl if you like lager or wine.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color, with much less white head than other beers by the brewery. Sweetness up front, and good basic flavors, though one vein of metallic flavors struck me uncomfortably. Some spiciness--much better flavor balance when it was warmer. Good palate all around, full of life and full in the mouth.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque bronze with small particles of suspended yeast sediment. Excellent malty & yeasty aroma which sadly little carries over into the flavour, which is far too dominated by alcohol, even for me. Possibly better as a winter drink.
GregClow (2854) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy golden-orange colour with big, rocky white head - very nice. Malty, typically Belgian aroma with alcohol warmth. Flavours of malt, peppery spice and yeast, with a hop bite and too-strong alcohol burn in the finish. Not bad, but not a favourite.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a light amber color and formed a nice bubbly white head that left circular lace. Some small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and spice. A flavor of malt and caramel with a hint of spice. The finish was sweet and had elements of the alcohol present. A very nice beer.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2003 (25Jan2003--330mL bottle)
My last and most enjoyable of the Van Steenberge sampler 6-pack.
Slightly cloudy dark straw color.
Coarse head, partially receding, though beautifully persistent and effervescent, lightly lacy.
Intensely yeasty aroma, much like a top-fermented weissbier. I got the banana/coriander trademark aroma, but with a velvety alcohol kick. Not Everclear, mind you, but a sinful jolt of plum brandy(!).
Spicy flavor. Alcohol warming, but well-hidden. Again, banana/coriander notes.
Awesome persistent effervescence to lighten the 10.5% abv load; creamy to the end. Lots of proteins as well for a thick mouthfeel.
Wouldn't have minded six of these in my sampler six-pack!
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malt nose. Full bodied with lots of malt and medium alcohol heat, but mine had some odd type of ’off’ flavor
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whooo! You can definitely taste that alkyhol. Once you get around that flavor, you get some fruit and spice notes. Strooooong!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite tasty. Fairly light but still complex. Again, this didn’t have too much of the belgian flav per say, but was still a fine strong ale. Shiver me timbers.