thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized foamy off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lace and a body that whose carbonation was suspended within a transparent light brown colored viscuous fluid. It has a nice mild malt and yeast aroma with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly tingly while maintaining a nice lingering caramel aftertaste. The flavor is full of mild vinuous alcohol and caramel malt. Overall it is very nice and I strongly recommend it!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber color with a little head. The aroma has a nice fruity maltiness, a touch of spicy yeast and a good dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. The yeast and sugar are definitely intriguing. The fruits are fairly typical. Apple, pear, orange, lemon, banana, a hint of bubblegum and subtle apricot. The body is somewhat thin and it leaves a little to be desired. Slightly sour and quite dry. The flavors surprized me. I was expecting smooth fruit and sugar sweetness with a warm finish. In actuality, the beer is lightly tart (apple cider) moving into an unexpected bitterness before a short, dry finish. I was not overwhelmed by this one. It is an interesting beer unlike others I've had.
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden color with a thin laced white head. Peppery and fruity aroma with a sweet candy, pepper and spiced flavor.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Belgian Strong Ale. Spicy, clove, and malt flavor. Finish is smooth, crisp, and clean. Recommended.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazed dark golden honey color with a small rocky, off white head with scads of lace. Light, but plethora of aromas. Floral hops, sweet malt, lemon zest, all kinds of fruit including pears, passion fruit and over ripe bananas, honey and one bandaid. Initial malt sweetness is taken back by a clove and pepper spiciness in the finish. Alcohol comes out as it warms, both in the late flavors and in the warming feel. Thicker in feel with just enough sparkle to give it some zip. I came into this one expection less. While the alcohol does seem to dominate later in the beer's life in my glass, the delicate aroma and warming fruit qualities win me over. Much like most domestic malt liquors are not afraid to strut their stuff, this one struts as a bold brash belgian strong.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice fruity, spicy aroma with caramel malty overtones. Beautiful orangey-amber color. Lots of carbonation, the head is nice, but fades quickly. Full bodied, robust flavor. Lots of malt and spicyness. Alcohol is very present as well, but not cloying at all. Finish is malty and warming. Can you believe that I bought a few bottles (the flip top 16 oz. bottles) for $1.99 each?!? The distributer for the Mpls. are was discontinuing this beer (that's sad), but I got a great deal on a great beer!
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Made in small batches. One of the handful of best Belgian Ales. It has a high cost, but is well worth it. Full flavor...
dins (266) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well done, straightforward, strong belgian. Strong alcohol flavor, some fruit notes. Little head. Dry finish.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparse head and lace for a Belgian strong ale. Fruity nose, apples, pears?, yeasty. Love the high ABV%, but there are better strong ales out there.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour a clear deep amber, the head is mediorce, the lace spare, the color off white. Nose is malt, citrus tones, light hints of bubble gum. Front is malt, sweet, the top is medium, the finish is acerbic, dry, the 10% ABV, is felt in the ’Tummy’ and the long lasting alcohol bitter aftertaste. ’Works for me!’, as I like my beers pungent and brawny. Ranks #504 on my current 1000 beer master list.