obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great abbey-style beer, brown color, no head whatsoever, I don't know if my bottle was a little flat or not but there was absoutley no head, it didn't taste flat so I went with it, huge malt profile, sweet nose & flavors, yeast & candy sugar as well in the flavors
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very attractive light brown in color with a big off white head that is very fully retained. Aroma is compelling. Notes of raisins, yeast and alcohol. Flavor is initially malty. Finish is very long lasting and chewy. Excellent beer.
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Georgeous unfiltered dark brown, with a nice fluffy tan head. Reminds me of dark, dark cider with nutmeg floating around.
Nice sweet alchohol scent... not too overpowering... some fruitiness in there too.
This one is odd... first sip I was thinking, "Hmm, a bit too harsh and fake." But the second sip is when I truly tasted the complexity. Starts out with a sweet fruity apple, or similar fruit, and gets progressively bitter, finishing with an creamy chocolatey/coffee taste.
Nice beer... not a session for it's sweetness and abv... but I'll see more of these in my future.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. big 'ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. Freshness date on metal cap was 7/2008. Must be fairly fresh then.
Loud pop releases the cork, satisfying hiss of carbonation escaping from the bottle. Poured out a murky, cloudy reddish - brown color, with a huge off-white head. It leaves a more than decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Thick, yeasty matting on top of the beer itself. Aromas are of candi sugar, dark malts, slight caramel, toasted bread, and Belgian yeast. Tastes are of caramelized sugars, Pilsner malts, and Noble hops. Spicy hop bite to it, and a decent maltiness as well. Mouthfeel is slightly thinnish.
Dry finish to it as well. A decent double, but not my cup of tea.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy brown orange with a medium head with small persistant bubbles. Bready plums that are swimming happily in alcohol. Smooth and almost creamy. The body is filled with small bubbles. Caramel notes at the end. This is the best beer that I've had all year.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown. nice creamy head. aroma is sweet and yeasty with a citrus hop presence. flavour is well balanced sweet and malty with an understated vinious almost sour brett tang and hop bite. Excellent beer I'll have to find some more of this!!
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy brown with a large tan head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, with a little grain. Flavor is strong. Sweet and malty, dried dates or prunes and caramel. A good yeasty kick. A nice bitterness and alcohol balances nicely. A VERY good beer.
PorterPounder (5200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown appearance with a mocha colored head - excellent thick lacing. Sweet, tangy aroma - reminds me of raisins and brown bread. Flavor has the same elements with an ever so delcate lacing of alcohol. Also detect some prune flavor (I like prunes!) Goes down ever so smoothly. One of the smoothest drinking Belgian Strong Ales I have had. The monks are doing it up right at St. Bernardus!
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good aroma -- grain, a little floral, boozy. Good label, good walnut colored brew with camel-colored head. Very well-balanced, rich, with an alcoholic kick. It would make a good mincemeat stock. Very, very good.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Belgian ale, almost felt like a trappist with its spicy carbonated mouthfeel. Good amount of alcohol in it to make it a meal drink though it would stand alone as a meal with its full finish.