Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells identical to NB Abbey, brown/black with a uniform medium sized head, clove spiciness and wheat notes along with a hint of choclate and a dry flat finish, overall don't believe the hype
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 5/6/2003: Ruby brown body, nice head. Fruity, tripel-esque aroma. Floral, dark fruit notes (grapes, plums). Malt is floral with deep, dark fruit notes reminiscent of Chimay Blue. Spicy body. Smooth, slightly herbal/vegetable finish, incredibly well balanced. ABV seems hardly present. I went ahead and rated this one without age, I have another that I am saving for quite a bit down the road and I have very high expectations.
3/31/2011: Malt has sweetened a bit over time, with notes of caramel dominating some very floral dark citrus notes. Very creamy and smooth, with spicy herbal elements still present, but with a peppery component revealing itself through the long finish. Balance is still in tact, with abv well-masked.
Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brow liquid with some ruddy hints. Nice latte colored full head. Dry hoppy aroma with wee hint of citrus. Dry tangy flavor that has a smoky and metallic thing going on. Spice in the allspice and nutmeg sort is evident as well. A nice solid beer, but nothing wonderful.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Love the concept of the vertical. but not so happy with the coriander. Let’s hope it gets better with age or I have a case of shit in my garage. I have to re-rate this stuff in 05. Re-rate 11/10/04. After swillin on this stuff for 2 sessions at BBF, I have to say it did indeed improve. The coriander and pepper has fallen out making this smooth as silk.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful copper color with hints of clove and nutmeg with a delightful warming finish....in other words, damn good.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amberish color w/ head retention that could be better for "dubbelish style". Clovey and spices are very apparent in the initial aroma and a light plum as it warms. Wheat malty aromas also more apparent as it warms. Hops are non existant for a Stone beer. Malty,spicy, and hoppy flavor with some bitterness to balance. Aftertaste is bitter w/a funky little caramel malt taste. Higher carbonation and medium body more to the dubbel"ish" style and alcohol is hidden very well. I'd like to see how this one ages in a few years, but I don't know if it's big enough to make it 10 years. It should be interesting. I plan on saving one bottle to try anyway.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish copper in color with medium head. Extremly malty nose with notes of pepper. Flavor is hops and spice. Full bodied and balanced
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting and nose-tingling aroma, very spicy, with notable coriander, licorice, tangerine and orange peel, with a background sweet, dark and fruity maltiness. Dark brownish red in color, lightly sedimented, with a creamy, fine, off-white head and lacing. Flavor is a nice blend of spices, fruit, malt, dark candyish sweetness, and a touch of spicy hop bitterness throughout, apparently of the Warrior variety. Spices, malt and esters throughout the finish. Fairly light texture, lightly effervescent and citric mouthfeel. Unique.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeah, so I could follow the label's advice and let this mature a bit (although 10 years seems a bit long). The malt was forefront in the beer - especially being a Belgian Strong Ale - mostly sweet, a touch sour, and a touch spicy. There was something about the malt that just refused to register with my senses, the sweetness just flutters by and rolls off the tongue giving a very watery impression. The pepper doesn't really set in - granted I am rather used to intensely spicy foods - so adds little more than a tingle of curiousity. i just felt this was immature, I'll go buy another one and keep it around for ten years.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
03, 03, 03....I had to try, Oh, 3 of these before coming to any conclusion about what I could say. This is a very interesting and adventurous idea, and as usual, Stone finds a way to take it over the top - this time with the alligator pepper - where do they come up with this stuff!?!?!? Underneath it all sits a normal run of the mill Belgian brown ale; but it's wrapped in spices that you would usually use as dry rub for your weekend barbeque. My friend Chris says that this makes him crave a big juicy steak. I would like to have this with peppercorn seared tuna. We'll see how it ages and changes the next few years. (and yes, just like Dogbrick, I tasted a great deal of cardboard here.)