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 (6066) - 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 (2342) - 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 (5319) - 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 (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 (11981) - 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 (3466) - 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 (3239) - 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.