Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very port-like flavor, less earthy than I like in a Belgian ale but nevertheless excellent.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brownish/ruby color. Almost no head. The nose is of sour fruit and wood with a touch of hops. The flavor is about the same. I would say sourness with a hint of berries and perhaps some oak. A touch of alcohol at the end. Good but just not the complex classic i was hoping for.
JohnnyDefective99 (36) - USA - DEC 23, 2001
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good taste and lots of alcohol.
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think the Tripel is a better choice of the two. As noted, this one has a flavor dominated by alcohol.
frieked99 (18) - USA - OCT 30, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a rather dark belgian ale. It has a strong aftertaste that is somewhat dominated by alcohol
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decently smooth double, a little bit too much of an alcohol flavor in the aftertaste, but an enjoyable sour fruity malt.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 21, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft, easy-going dubbel with a very pleasant berry flavor. Not too complex, but a nice late-night beer.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 14, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Interesting, lighter and sweet, without being too malty or hoppy. Has an almost cherry/raspberry? nose and taste to it. Beautifully complex.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 15, 2001
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strawberry nose with more of a cherry taste. Although itís not thick, I felt like I was drinking a liqueur with bubbles. Clear and dark, I donít know if I could drink more than one of these. It is not overly sweet, balanced by a roastier aftertaste that removes any lingering sweetness. Fishman, I hope you rethink your love of Woodchuck Cider after having THIS truly good, fruity beer.
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2001
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very rich and overwhelmingly complex beverage. I prefer the Tipel, but there is no knocking this offering.