SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good head on the deep brown/black liquid. Overipe bananas can be detected in the aroma. Licorice and bubblegum flavors along with caramel and toffee in the aftertaste. Sweet spicyness coats the mouth and the alcohol clears the sinuses. A bit too sweet for just one person on the bottle, best to shared with another.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark, cloudy brown color with a small, off-white lingering head. Strong aroma of fruits, yeast, spices, and alcohol that is very similar to the Abt 8 though slightly stronger in the alcohol department. This beer is very complex, full bodied with lower carbonation than the Abt 8. The flavor is chocolatey, fruity, yeasty, and bready. Very smooth and worthy of praise, this beer is one of the better non-trappist Abbey ales I have had.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2003 Dark amber colour, with a thin, creamy and persistent head. Strong and intense cherry aroma. The flavour is complex, but a bit unbalanced: a little bit too sweet, with strong taste of cherry and traces of caramel and banana. Huge alcoholic aftertaste. Really good, but far from the perfection of a Rochefort 10...
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Okay, supposedly this is made to the same recipe at Westvleteren 12, but I'm not seeing it. Huge, meringue head is appropriate to the style. Very sticky and I saw caves forming in the head along the sides of the glass as smaller bubbles became large but were unable to move because of the viscosity of the rest of the foam. The body is a very dark brown, cloudy. The nose is earthy, similar to some of the smells of a vegetable garden towards the end of harvest. The first flavor that hit me was cotton candy but this was while I was getting nothing but foam. It also seemed a little hot then. There's a butteriness to it that blends nicely into the chocolate and toffee malts. Ripe bananas over peaches a bit past their prime meld in nicely as well. Very low bitterness and the alcohol is covered extremely well. There's also a slight vinous character to it and there's something there that reminds me of the homemade wine my church uses for Communion. The mouth feel is very slick and creamy. This beer forces you to drink it slowly whether you want to or not. Since I'm enjoying it, I want to do so.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy lighter brown color, spicy apple and cherry-like nose. Creamy smooth and round on the palate. Sweet alcoholic finish.
k2 (146) - USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very full Belgian beer. Not one of the best that I have ever tasted, but well worth a pour.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yet another good Belgian ale. Very enjoyable.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as potent as I would have hoped. Pours a dark brown with a light tan to off-white head. The head quickly disappeared. The aroma was bittersweet but seemed somewhat dry. The first taste revealed that it was not as sweet as I was expecting nor was the taste very high in alcohol either. Finished a little dry but had a tang or zip in the end. The alcohol was noticeable but not overwhelming considering it was 10%. Recommended
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good round taste that fills the mouth well, but I was expecting more. Came off with too much alcohol and astringent tastes. Still a very managable and drinkable beer, but I don't think I'll buy this again.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer poured a dark amber color and formed an off white sudsy head that left circular lace. A good deal of carbonation was present. It had an aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. A flavor of malt, caramel and spicy fruit. A very strong flavor element and finish going on with this beer. A very impressive beer.