RobBestwick (590) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
wheaty nose with some spices, dark copper hue with a small head, wheaty and toasty, some lacing, syrupy.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2003 This beer has a red-brown body - hue with an initial bitter flavor and a light body.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Hazy browmy body with a tan head. Nose is rbown ale all the way but the taste includes a spice, fruit and malt melody. Flavour is quite sweet overall and leads to an extremely smooth finish.
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown body with medium tan head. Yummy sweet Belgian brown aroma -- spicy and bready, malty, medium sweetness. Flavor is sweet malty, some spiciness, pretty smooth.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A faily complex beer that presents a considerable number of unique characteristics. While all of the different pieces to this puzzle are interesting in their own right, the final result was a little exciting that I had hoped. Nevertheless, a fairly decent, albeit obscure brew.
I've yet to see this one sold in any style different than that of the white capped, 250ml bottle at 5%. Because of the limited quantity of this brew, I tasted it from the small Chimay goblet which filled up nicely 1-1/2 times.
Pours a deep amber hued brown color with a big, rocky off-white head. Lacing on the glass is extensive and the head itself never really lowered itself much less than 1/8" inch. Surface bubbles were extensive and quite large. An exceptionally dark brew which tended to be more brown than the deep amber color most have written about in the past. Very murky, almost like a deep brown Hefeweizen, yet lacks any significant amount of sediment.
Aroma wise it is a reminscent a many other complex Belgian brews but has a unique sweet and sour hit to it that isn't found in many other styles. Additionally, strong scents of aged fruit (ala Christmas cake), and some level of tartness are all detected. Although intended as a summer drink, I'm taking in this one in the heart of winter -- albeit one influenced heavily by El Nino.
Taste wise, this is a complex brew that has more sourness in it that expected. Definitely sweet at the same time with hints of caramel, fruit, and even a bit of toastiness. Strangely enough, this one reminded me a lot of Liefman's Goudenband and the Oudenaarde style of brown ales. Aftertaste is complex and very long, with the aftertaste hitting heavy like oils from a freshly smoked piece of Sockeye Salmon. Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff, but that aftertaste is definitely unique.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear deep amber with a pillowy off white head. bready and spicy aroma with caramel hints. flavour is very much the same with a nice, mildly bitter dry finish. quite good.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rather sweet, with a strong apple flavor. Some odd metallic notes. Nice black pepper spice flavor. Finishes with some rather extreme bitterness.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very spicy, crisp, a bit slight malt finish...typical of the style.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, transluscent, long-lasting head. Very nice smell: faint strong-hop aroma, reminiscient of a USA west-coast IPA but not nearly as overbearing. Slight spiciness in the flavor combined with a very well-balanced sweet maltiness. Delightful complexity, excellent sweet finish. This rating is dedicated to my ex-girlfriend Suzy, who always called me a ’sillyhead’ in honor of this cute 5-year old voice that I can do.
Jayb0 (1040) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker than other saisons I’ve had, tending a little towards a flanders red with a pleasantly sour undercurrent to the strong maltiness. Filmy but consistent head. Very tasty but finished slightly unpleasant, leaving a metallic quality in the mouth.