steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bubbly dark brown with beautiful shining red and a huge rocky head. slightly creamy and a bit
animated. dark fruits, a bit of candy-store sugary. oh GOD, the aftertaste is so good. it just won't
stop its lapdance on my tongue tongue. hmm. this is really damn good. there's no real complaining
here... thanks BierBauch!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bif poofy head topping this dark brew. Aroma is sweet, yet has a hardy feel to it at the end. Flavor is similar, strong sweetness to it, yet still with a good body to it. Not as overpowering as I half expected, resulting in a very quality stand alone drink.
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown hue with ruby highlights. A big creamy off-white head produced outstanding lace. Very earthy aroma of wood, hayfield, belgian yeast, raisin, and spiced bread. The taste was initially very ripe fruity, sourdoughy and sugar candy sweet. Moderate spice and woody characteristics are found between the layers of malt. The mouthfeel is sticky in the lips and chalky dry on the palate. This full-bodied brew produced some excellent qualities but comes up far short compared to Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. The big flaw is the doughy taste and chalky feel, disappointing.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice light tan head. Nose has a hint of tart white wine at first then dark fruit and sparkling burgandy. Flavor starts sweet raisin and plum, tangy and lightly yeasty with hints of spice, finishing dry, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with a hint of alcohol. Gets even better as it warms up. One of my top three favorite Belgian brews.
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really recommend a storage of this ale for at least 2 years. It developes and gets a more balanced sweetness, that takes away some of the wine-similarities that you can feel in the fresh bottles.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redish brown body with a big fluffy, light brown head. Aroma is of yeast, raisins, and is very doughy. Very balanced fruity sweetness, with hoppy bitterness. Some flavors of plum and cadi sugars.
pilsnerrogge (2397) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark,hazy brown. Huge head. Malty aroma with banana-fumes. Malty flavour with chocolate and salty liquorice. The alcohol adds some extra warmth.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours very dark brown with very large head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is heavy yeast with plum and other fruits. No trace of the alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is multi layered, chewy, and again no hint of 10% ABV. How do they hide 10%? The best of the style that I have had the pleasure to sample.
WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice looking beer, with a good dark brown color and large, light tan head. Nose is a combination of some yeast with a lot of rich, dark, sweet fruit aroma. Very nice! Flavor is very complex, with a lot of subtle flavors coming through. No domination by yeast or malt here! A very well made beer!
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 (rerate May '04) - After having a couple in Belium, I have to downgrade a little from the 4.7 I origianly gave. Not as complex as it could be and its a little syrupy, but still excellent. Pours a massive head with sediment throughout, chocolaty brown with a fair amount of carbonation. Aroma jumps across the room, powerfull malt presence with hints of raisin, chocolate and fig. Flavor is malty with a strong alcohol presence, lots of dark fruit, cherries, plum, and hints of chocolate. A little too much alcohol in the body is this beer's only flaw, it is as close to perfect as anything I have found.