blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
another good beer from stone. as with most american belgain style beers, it's not overly subtle, but that worked well. The hops mixed well with the belgain citrus flavors. Glad we waited for it to age a little and i'm sure it will continue to improve.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fascinating beer that clearly would get better with age. A dobbelbock gone insane.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate Belgian style beers and was kind of worried about this one after reading the description. However this didn't taste like a Belgian beer to me. When it poured from the bottle with it's think head and dark brown color, it was one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. This ale had a nice malty taste and the alcohol was masked very well. If it wasn't so expensive ($10 per 22 oz. bottle) I would buy it again. Is it good, YES. Is it worth $10 a bottle, NO.
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well I couldn't wait around until 2012 to sample this, but I think I'd like to give it a shot, this could age nicely. Nevertheless, its ready to drink now! Garnet brown with medium head and strong carbonation. Funky aroma with smoky and chili notes, some toffeeish malts, various herbal qualities, possible fruit (apricot). Surprisingly dry presentation with a mild sweetness up front and a long dry finish with lingering spicy bitterness. Some bubblegum notes appear in the nose and mouth. Soft mouthfeel. I definitely agree with the commercial description, its a dubbel gone wild, look for it on DVD.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown body with an almost non existant head. Spicy nose with a hint of yeast and oatmeal cookies. Medium, spicy body with lots happening on the tongue. Definite sweetness towards the finish and a slightly spicy to bitter end. Great beer.
omhper (19230) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Nut brown with rich head. Cookie aroma. Softly malty with notes of chocolate, cinnamon and syrup. Clean, short finish.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mohagany body with a big thick tan head. decent carbonation. hints of deep ruby. Nose of raisins, caramel, alcohol, good ester presence: bannannas, a hint of butteryness, creamy teastiness, lightly roasted. Dates, papper, alcohol and spices. nice and creamy, but definite bite. Dry and pretty alcoholic, yet sweet and yeasty. good balance. mouthfeel was a bit flat though.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown color with a creamy off white head. Sweet and malty aroma. Tasted of toasted malt with a nice subtle hoppyness. Very robust beer. Bitter finish. SHould age REALLY well.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think it's really good. Nice dark dubbel color with creamy effervescence. Kind of like Duvel, but creamier and darker. Very spicy with cinnmon and nutmeg.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful red color. Little head. Sweet honey smell. Very much like Karmaliet or another Belgian, yet lacking in the sharp scent. Belgian style is definately an effect of the yeast. Don't be fooled by this brew though. First sip will tell you that is not the case. It lacks the maltiness of a Belgian strong ale, and is certainly missing the wheat and doughy taste. Hoppy and oily finish. Definately has that "American IPA" taste... Interesting concept, but it's missing some complexity. Alligator peppers leave your lips and tongue just slightly warmed. Perhaps some age will bring out more flavor and mask the burnt malt taste. Not excellent, but decent enough. I'll pick up a bit more and age them as directed.