Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was very good ale I thought. A nice belgian strong,with a citrusy fruitness too it that I liked. I have had several beers from the Van Steenberge brewery and I have yet to be dissapointed. Nice rich golden color with moderate carbonation, there was indeed a doughy flavor to it, that made it slightly chewy. It also had a good dry tartness that increased as the beer warmed, I hope to be able to come across another one of these.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Just the thing after a hard day appeasing the clueless users of technology (you know who I mean). Intoxicating jungle flower fragance, brandy warmth. Mmm.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice pour of bright yellow with a large white head. Aroma of coriander and clove. A decent flavor, but it finishes very alcoholic. Really detracted from the flavor of the beer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow color, with a smallish white head, which makes nice tracings across the top of the brew. Belgian blonde-like aroma, yeasty and malty, rather sweet. Flavor is pretty sweet and malty, with a smooth but alcoholic finish. Alcohol is not well hidden, but it blends well with the flavor, giving it a strong but smooth finish. Very nice overall.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden with a sweet caramel candi-sugar aroma. Malty yeast profile covers the alcohol amazingly well. Good complexity and a full body made this a treat to drink.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow/orange in color. Yeasty, fruity nose. Lemon, spicy, pepper, yeasty, quite sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Maybe lacking smoothness and complexity like others in the top of the style, but I enjoyed this beer.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy bright golden, massive billowy undying head. Aroma sweet, oranges and apricots, cloves, honey, molasses cookies. Alcohol seemed way too much to the front, but after you get through that it settles into a nice simple malty sweetness, with strong but not overpowering pepperiness at the end. Definitely not at the top of its class, but drinkable and in the USA very cheap for a Belgian Strong.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sweet hop aroma.Medium golden appearance.Hoppy bittersweet flavors of mild grapefruit,cumin and coriander and orange.Hides the alcohol well.A moody beer Ive tried some bottles that were as dry as Duvel.This one was on the sweeter side.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orangish gold color with chunks of yeast suspended through the beer. The head is small, off-white colored, and does not linger long. It has a strong, nutty aroma of malts, spices, orange, and alcohol. Full body with low carbonation, the flavor is rich and chewy with malt, vanilla, orange and spice tones all intermingling on the palate. The finish is sweet and spicy with just a hint of alcohol. An excellent beer, it hides the alcohol well and is very complex with fruits, spices, and malts all battling it out in the flavor.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An average looking Belgie, with slightly cloudy color and decent head. The aroma is better than the color, quite pleasant, and somewhat complex. The flavor is nice, with a little spiciness to the finish. A pretty good one!