orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definite raisin presence in the flavor and aroma, almost liqour-like bitterness in the back of the mouth, similar to, say, scotch. There is spiciness to this beer, but, if spice were music, this spiciness would be all bass and no treble. No sharp spices, only smooth and dark flavors. Dark molasses color. Head stays glued to the glass in a uniform sheet, no lacing.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very complex, the flavor changed over the 5-6 seconds after the beer was actually drunk. Really an amazing beer.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #400! Woo hoo! "Expiry date" on the bottle is 04 03 08, so I guess it was bottled in March 2003. Pours a dark, hazy ruby-copper colour with a small and lingering tan head. Aroma is indescribably full and rich with notes of dark dried fruits, earthy spice, and a hint of alcohol. Full and warm mouthfeel. Flavour is initially sweet and malty and notes of raisin and caramel, followed by dark chocolate and anise, and a moderately bitter finish. Remarkable!
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The only beer that made my father, a Molson loyalist, turn to me and go "Oh my god, this is so good". Profoundly religious experience starting with a darkish color, a thick head and a full-bodied taste that makes you forget where you are for a few seconds.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The dark color had a nice firm but quick disappearing head. Rich notes of plums and dried currants were the first thing I tasted. The alcohol was hidden so well in the malt. I have found a new favorite beer. I hope I can continue to find this incredible beer. This is what happens when beer is crafted beyond perfection
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep black in color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is slightly estery yet balanced by a rich malt character announcing the wonderful roasted/chocolate flavors to come. Slightly sweet to the taste yet balanced by an odd metalic flavor. This very well could be my favorite beer ever. I wouldn't mind "fasting" with this one for a while.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle with my brother...Dark nearly opaque pour with a generous head. Aroma of raisins and macerated pit fruit (apricots, plums, peaches), definate alcohol on the nose. Alcohol is hidden nicely though on the palate, same tastes as the aroma, with definate complexity. A solid beer with very redeeming characteristics.
DYCSoccer17 (3208) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 Best by 04 03 08: Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, yeasts, spices, and banana. Pour is a hazy mahogany with a robust beige head. Start is somewhat sweet, then bitter with some hops. Smokey Alcohol finish. There is indeed a lot going on here. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is what leaves the lasting impression. This is still a decent brew.----re-rate-- much else to add. my original rate was pretty accurate. Definitely ethanolic. A bit thin and metallic with more hops than expected.
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Joey Capps for letting me try this one! Dark, dark body, almost a reddish brown....I am going to say a dark ruby colour. Aroma is complex.A strong fruity scent is apparent. Smells like spiced plums or something similar. Taste is fruity, but like a wine. Very nice. Smooth from beginning to finish. An incredible beer.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2004 Bottled (330ml). Like with other belgians, the alcohol is very well hidden, I find it easier to drink than some English ales with half the alcohol. Saying that, the alcohol is somewhat overpowering in the nose. The beer however, is sweet, malty and fruity. This is a very good beer, although not quite at the level of the Westvleteren 12. Since the westy 12 is a fair bit cheaper thawn this.. I think I'll go with that in the future :). Complex.