csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle. BB 14 July 2009. Fizzy when I popped the cap. Served at 58į in the NB worthy glass. Poured dark chocolate brown with a light khaki head that started at about 1". Lots of suspended particles, some of which are rather large. The foam clings to the side of the glass when it recedes. Beautiful, long legs. Wonderful aroma of malt, raisin, very ripe dark fruits, cookie dough, and spices. The initial impression in the mouth is of a substantial mouthful and fullness. The taste is, at first, cookie dough, a mild malt sweetness, then as the beer moves across the tongue there are a plethora of other flavors. This isnít just a sweet, malty beer; it has some assertiveness to it. The secondary flavors are, at first, almost like a BIG red wine, then spicy, those dark fruits such as plums and raisins emerge along with an almost peppery flavor, along with a glimpse of alcohol. The finish is spicy, mildly alcoholic, with a lingering dryish flavor and some hops character. This is one of the better balanced big Belgium beers I have had; most tend to be very malty. I donít have a preference as far as malty or balanced Belgium beers go, but I do appreciate the extra depth of flavors and depth of character given to this beer by the hops. This is a wonderful beer.
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown beer, beige foam, sweet aroma of malt, caramel, dry fruit and coffee. Smooth taste, a bit sweet touche of caramel, raisins, peperkoek and dark malts.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy bright brown with a light tan head of tiny bubbles. Spicy, homecooking-malty yummy taste. Fruity aroma. Smooth drink with a nice mild alcoholic & CO2 tingle. Finished with a bitter bite that leaves the tongue wanting more. Best beer Iíve had in a while.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Coca-cola pour, with cola/Jaegermeister aroma. I agree with shameus_burp: whatís the fuss for this $8 bottle? Heavy small-buble carbonation with vodka nose. Mix of Newcastle and imperial stout with a touch of ethanol for the finish. My low "overall" represents my feelings for paying more for one bottle than I would for a six pack of this. The flavors were uber subtle to the point of silence. In a blind testing, I would give it a 2.5, but I felt I had to look for more than was there, hence the higher rating.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít see what the fuss is about this beer. Itís nice, but all of the favors are subdued. Didnít like it that much and wasnít worth $7.50 a bottle.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of styles (as a bonus no less): Murcky deep brown with a medium tan head that slowly fades to a ring. Aroma is salty raisins, caramel, faint hops, grass, candy sugar, fig, prune, dark fruit, chocolate, carrots. Body is medium to full, medium to high levels of carbonation, quite thick overall. Taste is sweet grains, carrot, sweet malts, caramel, honey, molasses, prune, raisin, plum, dandelions, spice. Finishes medium dry with a stinging feeling on the tongue, giving off notes of honey-coated grains, carrots, and stale caramel. Very balanced not only in terms of sweet vs bitter, but also carbonation, palate, and finish.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, rich, and strong. It is very complex flavored with spices and dried fruit (Iíd say prune). A good winter drink.
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - FEB 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 bottled, dark brown color with little foam. the aroma is of caramel and alcohol w/ a hint of fruit. full bodied, yet a very drinkable beer for its strength, and is very complex w/ nice aftertaste. very impressed.
jaraf (4) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
To be perfect, a beer should be like this one. This is only real best beer all over the universe .....
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, very sweet. Thickest Belgian Iíve had, with perhaps the exception of La Trappe Quad. Very nice, very complex.