LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good Belgian, although a little hollow in the taste. Definately a hay flavor. Most notable to me in the excessive bitterness, which is the main reason for my rating this well below average. To be fair, my wife declared it the best beer ever brewed, but I'll let her get her own account and rate it herself.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong alcohol nose, but a very strong depth to the flavors. I don't know how to describe it, just fork out the money and try one of these beautiful brews.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeasty, sweet, alcohol aroma. Deep dark brown pour, towering off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit flavors, slightly toasty and spicy. Some alcohol burn but not too overwhelming.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 100th rating on my bday:
Truly a great beer. Wheatbread alcohol sweet smell. Dark brown color on bottom which turns into a light yellow and orange at the top. Huge tan head with little lacing. Spicy corriander flavor with strong musty alcohol after taste. Sort of a hay flavor with spice at the end.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We're near the top of the shelf with this one. Beautiful pour, Garden of Eden sweet fruit aroma, creamy texture,lovely almost port wine type of taste.I didn't max this because the bitterness at the end wasn't 100% agreeable, but other then that, WAY TO GO BRO'S!!!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Dark brown opaque body with some redish tints. Pours a large creamy head that slowly deminishes. Aroma is of sweet malts, fruits and slighlty alcoholic. Texture is smooth with a slight warming feel. Flavors of plum and malt, with a slight biterness.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this the same night I had the Westy 12. Thick dark appearance. Aroma and taste was an interesting blend of dark currants, plum, berries, and malt. Very good.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another classic. Suprising dark for a quad. Rich but not as complex as i was expecting. Thinner head then the westy 12. Excellent beer but couldn't stand up to a head vs head.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mix of rusty orange and darker cherry/brown. Big head is light beige. Aroma of yeast, molasses, raisins and of course, alcohol. Tons of sediment. Began super bubbly and quite peppery. Lots of alcohol, some anise and a green raisin flavor that starts out mildly bitter and astringent. Wasnt so impressed as it started, but as the beer settled, and it warmed further, the carbonation died off and the body took on a creamier feel. Now I am seeing why this is so loved by many. Flavors mix together with wonderful caramel malt, nice brown sugar to mix with the clean hops flavor on the full body. Vanilla and oak flavors, as well as some herbal appeal. Extremely complex and the finish dries out a touch, with a big alcohol bite, and a fruity (raisins, plums) flavor. There is alot of butterscotch on the finish as well. More balance than Abbaye des rocs, the young not-so-richly sweet fruit flavor is key. Would like a little less bitter alcohol taste though on the finish.
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Conditioned Ale. Deep brown red beer with thick white head. Plenty of fruity notes, apple and blackberry, plums and sultana's. Strong alcoholic nose which follows into the body of the beer, a little over lively but this sample was aged 3 years. Lovely smooth sipping beer.