Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
What exactly is supposed to differentiate this beer from other Belgian strongs? Too sweet, too yeasty. Don’t like it.
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful beer from a tap. Slightly dark in colour. Strong hints of fruit and crisp finish.
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 One of the best barley wines of the world, also available of draught. Will keep for years. Very complex in flavours/aroma’s. Very hartwarming beer.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small bottle. Wow. Pours very dark with a big, dark, rocky head. Smells wonderfully fruity and spicy. Very Belgian flavor (makes sense), a little alcohol burn. Dry finish. Excellent.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Very rich and creamy belgian, the belgian yeast balances with the hops with a slightly moist yellow cakey sweetness and a touch of spice. Complex to say the least. Consistency is thick for beer and best described as slightly syrupy.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a surprisingly dark brown, capped by an abundant creamy tan head. Complex aroma of dark fruit (raisins), spices (cinnamon), sweet maltiness, and alcohol. Flavor is delicious: sweet, fruity, spicy, and floral, with only the slightest alcohol burn in the finish. Very well balanced; the sweetness is countered excellently by a slight bitterness from the alcohol as well as some of the spicyness. An awesome thick nectar in the mouth. Fantastic concoction!
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is raisin with apparent alcohol. Flavor is sweet, dried fruit with a nice finish that hides the alcohol better than the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. A great beer.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Dark brown color, heavy sweet malty aroma and taste, full body, long sweet light alcoholic finish.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark amber brown w/thick off white head. Toffee, carmel, chocolate and malt nose. Heavey mouthfeel with foaminess and a sweet lingering finish. Molasses, toffee, chocolate, cherry and light sourness. Great beer!!
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 ounce bottle with cork and basket stopper purchased from Wilbur’s Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, for $8.99. Happy birthday to me. What a beer! Really very unique. The appearance is nothing exceptional -- kind of cloudy like you would expect a BCA to be, but a rich thick head and lots of lacing! Incredible aroma! Mix chocolate, raisins & rye bread rising just before it goes in the oven. Wow! Amazing taste. Very unexpected! Not the flavor I had expected from the color. Raisin, plum, yeast, a ripe banana note, high note of pineapple, but not overly sweet. My friend, who shared part of this bottle said, "Like baked raisins with all the sugar turned into alcohol." Not much of the toasted malt or chocolate tastes I had been expecting -- just a total and wonderful surprise! What a rich, round feel! The bottle said to serve this at 52 to 56 degrees F., and that was right! Smooth without being syrupy -- I hardly wanted to swallow this, it was so nice in the mouth. Can’t believe they sell this at the brewery for about 1 Euro a bottle!
This beer is for special occasions, and worth it. Enjoy!