bu11zeye (11760) - 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.
argo0 (11167) - 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)
jcwattsrugger (10935) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle-pours a tan head with dark brown color. Aroma is sweet, malt, dark cherry. Taste is malt, oak barrel taste, sweet, mild carbonation. Medium bodied. Nothing that stands out as bad, just lacking.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy deep amber color, scant head. Aroma of spiced caramel. Taste is sweetly spiced brown bread and fruitcake.
Lubiere (9319) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice brown in colour, with a nice head, fruity and chocolaty aroma. Raisin, moka taste. Very little alcohol warmth though,
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... Hazy, mahogany ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Mild aromas of caramel, dark fruit and chocolate. Perfectly balanced flavor. Lightly tart. Fizzy and thin. Not even close to any true Belgian strong ale I’ve ever tasted. Leans toward Flanders, but ends up in Golden, CO... the Coors Light of Belgian strong ales, I suppose. Much like Coors light, there’s not enough going on to be offensive. The relatively high ABV is extremely well-hidden... maybe too well-hidden.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Porterhouse Brewery. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of sweet malts, molasses, and hops. Some spices. Lightly sweet with a light hoppy finish.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark coloured ale, with a sour yeasty aroma, and a sour yeasty taste, something like a Belgian shwartzbier. Medium mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation, like Dr. Pepper. Not bad, drinkable. a fair Belgian ale.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Malty aroma with notes of stone fruits and citrus. The taste is stone fruits, pale malts and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Drafting Room, Spring House. I’m not a huge fan of River Horse beers, but this one was fantastic. It was so good that I took a growler to go. Pours deep amber with ruby menisci. Not much head or lacing. Aroma of malt, toffee, cabernet, nuts. Tastes malty, somewhat nutty and fruity, with a somewhat dry, crisp finish. There is a definite Belgian Ale presence here, and that ramps up the complexity for this one.