duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, its obvious this is highly respected, but i just didn’t see it. For me the alcohol showed to much, there was quite a strong malltiness and reasonably smooth, but a little to sweet and unbalanced. Not really elegant.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color, good carbonation. Aroma of yeast, peppery vanilla and fruity notes. Very complex and a nice balance between the fruity notes, sweetness and bitterness.
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex. Sweet, something fruity, lots of body, good aftertaste.
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 The Westy connection is obvious at first sniff...Perpetual bread, thick cookie dough, red wine allusions, roasty cigar and herbal hop bitterness...Dark caramel and earth-filled cherries in an easy going, big-bubbled, yeasty finish...Sometimes it’s a little too doughy and fluffy, and thus seems rough and sugary...The best bottles are 4.5s, while some others are 4s for me...Anyway, I just love this style of beer, especially when it is so well-executed...This is better executed than Westy 12...
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like an Impressionist painting, beers in this genre are pleasing to the senses even when they don’t have absolute genius of composition and technique. This is a nice beer, to be sure, but lacks some of the complexity found elsewhere. Massive head, soon gone, yeasty notes in the aroma. Rich, sweet, port-like flavor, with raisin, not disguising the alcohol particularly well, with bitterness (not extreme) in the finish.
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense aroma of hops, chocolate, yeast, porto and fruit (apple, raisins). Very full bodied. Sweet, malty taste with porto, some fruitiness and a alcohol burn. A bit tart. The aroma is more intense than the flavor. Nevertheless a complex and delicious beer, well worth looking for.
RichardGretton (4250) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bold black beer apperance, with little forth to form the head. Platable and plesant beer with an overridding black currant quality.
SteC (136) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 very creamy, more complex and more bitter than Chimay Bleu...
I realized I had underrated this one
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very strong notes of plum, raisin, and chocolate in the malt. Chocolate begins to dominate as the beer warms. Very complex and a HUGE beer. Not quite as good as the Westy beers, but close.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tenminste houdbaar tot eind 2003: Huge plumbs, raison, and alcohol in a sweet taste. Aroma has too much alcohol, but it is still nice and complex with huge yeast/bread tones. I think with more time to mellow out, it could be stunningly good. Thanks Gusler!