mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown-red colour (lots of caramelisation I’d say), very clear, with a thin yellow-grey head.
Aroma is just like the Grand Cru, which is to say it’s excellent. Salt & (balsamic) vinegar chips, leather, cider, oak, vanilla and boiled eggs.
Tastes like Grand Cru-lite. It has a much thinner body and less maltiness with the vinegary sourness dominant, but not overpowering. Malt comes through a bit more as it warms and loses carbonation, but while it is perhaps more drinkable (or is it just the small bottle?) than it’s big brother it is certainly less complex and interesting drinking. It’s certainly not as bad for my teeth, but that’s not really reason to drink it. Oh yeah, I never really understood the wine comparisons for these beers - seems a lot more like scrumpy to me. Nice, but I’ll be sticking to the Grand Cru from now on.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruddy orange/red-brown body, thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a ring of carbonation. Balsamic vinegar, tannin, and grape aroma. Body is pretty smooth and sweet with balsamic vinegar, oak, and light tart malt. Light carbonation but overall dull-feeling and a tad flat. Interesting but needs a bit more "oomph."
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Very clear, dark amber, with a light head, very highly carbonated. The aroma is of toast, oaky and burnt resin. Very tart and dry, burnt grain, oak, quite fruity, a little passionfruit, mango, and star fruit, and heaps of grapefruit.
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle drank at le Cirio in Brussels: Poured a light red/brown colored beer with a nice head with better then average retention. Aroma is mostly dominated by the oak/cherry smell but not as strong as for the Grand Cru. Taste is surprisingly more refreshing then expected with again the oak/cherry taste and some light sweetness. The end is a bit sour and watery. This is not on par with the Grand Cru but it would wonderful to drink this during a hot summer days beside the pool.
oli (108) - DENMARK - JUN 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was an interesting beer.Nice looking,decent head,ruby red colour and medium body.Strong and pleasant aroma.Sour,fruity,acidictasting beer.Not bad but not to my taste.I´m glad that i experienced this beer.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear claret with low carbonation. Large off-white lasting head. Nice lace on glass too. Slightly woody cherry aroma, a little bit cough-syrup like. Smooth medium-full mouthfeel. Sweet balanced taste. Slightly musty, dry finish. Lingering acidic cleansing feel. Nice stuff.
larsniclas (5348) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark redamber with an off-white head.
Fresh and sourish vinegar-aroma.
Slightly yeasty with a fruity and fresh flavour.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled this at Kansas City Belgianfest. Tasted to me like the Rasberry Vinnagrette I had with my salad at dinner. Very acidic. Made a definite impression. MJames described it best as Liquid metal blood.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown color with a light white head. Musty and humid aroma of scotch, butter, apples and bread. Very peppy palate and bright, but with a metallic/blood flavor on top of a sweet caramel base. Odd for sure.
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off white/tan coloured head that was nice and large and lasted quite well. Body was cherry coloured and clear which together with the head made the appearance quite good. Very strong sour cherry aroma. Taste was the same, medium body ,very drinkable.