jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a strange one. Without the name I would have never guessed it as a Belgian Strong, although it looks like one. More malty than complex, and I don't get any of the fruity flavors I would have expected. Still highly drinkable and the alcohol is well disguised.
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 (12/11/05, 12oz bottle) Small beige head atop a dark red-brown body. Aroma is mild, moderately sweet, candi sugar, belgian yeast. Taste is similarly devoid of substantive elements, with only a vague vegetal quality added to the limited qualities found in the aroma. Watery light-medium body, alcohol is essentially invisible. Hard to believe that my last rating could be considered generous. (3/3/3/2/7)
(2/8/04) Clear brown body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is candy sugar sweet, malty, Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet, candy sugar, some spicy hop. Medium body, some sticky sweetness. (4/3/5/3/10)
DYCSoccer17 (3384) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber/mahogany color with a 1.0 cm off-white head that is quickly dissipating. Aroma is musty and smokey with maybe a touch of hops in there. Doesnt look or smell belgian. Start has a tiny bit of hops, middle is sweet. Finish is sweet and quite smokey. Palate is very good. This is a smoked beer, not too far off from Unibroue's Raftman (not as good as Raftman, though)
SpringsLicker (3178) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This deep garnet colored beer pours out and hardly raises a head. What there is laces the glass and then quickly disappears. The aroma is citrusy with bready notes. The flavor is lightly sweet, and the finish is papery dry, but not long lasting. Not complex or fruity enough to be a top notch Belgian, sort of comes off as a fruity Bock. Drinkable but largely unremarkable.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown with a thick light brown head.
Sweet malt body with a bit of Belgain sourness and hints of raisins and other fruit. Pleasant bitterness at the end. Warming and well-done!
guzzler67 (1532) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty aroma of dough. Deep copper appearance with a small head. Sweet, malty flavor that masks the alcohol content very well. Finishes with a hint of spice.
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a dark amber color with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma was of malt and raisins. Flavor of caramel, fruit, and roasted malt.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red amber, beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, bit of caramel and some malt. Similar flavor profile, raisiny. Something just seemed a bit off. Medium body, a touch of alcohol warming. Not too bad.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark redish brown with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malts and rasins. Flavors of dark fruits, toasted malts and a touch of caramel. A little thin, for the style. Could be better.
freekyp (1545) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Dark reddish brown with thick, off-white head with decent retention. Strong raisiny/pruny notes carry a tany quality in odor. A hint of grape juice as well. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Sweet throughout with lingering fruity finish this winter brew is easy drinking and never weighs heavily on the tongue. 2005’s batch is superior to last year’s.