LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours brown light brown head. tastes sweet many flavors, complex at first strong chocolate finish. impressed should be a little better than the rating.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5602) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 This beer came to me in a beer club. I like the name, but then again I am partial to Belgian style beers. +++ It was sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle and poured a very dark brown color. Holding it to the light only the faintest of ruby color shone through. There was no head at all. The aroma was sweet, fruity and had an almost brown sugar element to it. Hints of coffee and molasses drifted to the nose as well. The flavor was strong with dark malt, coffee and brown sugar. This winter ale really ended up tasting more like a mild coffee porter more than anything else. Yet it did have the sweetness of a Belgian ale. Quite interesting.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany with a minimal off-white head. Taste is slightly sweet that finishes with some spice that you would expect from a winter ale. Overall a nice beer.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had many times at the brewery itself. Pleasing enough and I enjoy it though I wouldn’t associate with a Belgian style and not even close to a Trappist tyle ale. Slightly sweet, a little thin and not overly heavy, complex or spiced. Don’t get hung up on the name - enjoy the beverage.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very crimson amber sporting fluffy head of off-white foam. Aroma isn’t powerful, just a light, caramel-like malt nose. Medium bodied and a touch acidic. Dominant influence is the malt, but a good deal of hops do ride in. Finishes a bit sweet, with a touch of alcohol along for the trip. Decent.
PorterPounder (6299) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up at Chevy Chase Liquors in D.C. Cola-like appearance, light, off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma of Christmas spices, pipe tobacco and faint citrusy notes. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin - my only complaint. Flavor has the same Christmas spice esssence to it with somee black tea notes and otter malt essence. Overall, mark this one as decent and very interesting.
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeasty nose w. some spicing and a hint of citrus. A little too candi-sugar sweet with yeast, spices and a bitter hop/malt finish.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, candy sugar and dark fruit. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are dark fruity, malty and sweet. Touch of hop spiciness. Well balanced. Not a lot of the complexity you would expect in a Belgian Ale, but it does have a lot of those nice winter beer flavors. Small and fine carbonation that is more on the back end of the taste. Kind of grows on you. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, 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 (12371) - 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)