stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, good amount of carbonation. Aroma is slightly spicy and fruity. Taste is the same with a moderate dose of bitterness. Very easy drinking and unlike most Belgian style strong ales I've had.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/21/03: bottle. deep red-brown body with a trace of lacing. very complex-lots of activity in the taste department. plenty of belgian yeast (a wonderful quality, if you like that taste.) other tastes include plums and apples. note to self… i should cellar some of this, just in case i ever acquire the taste for belgian yeast!
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown-red color with a thick, tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like Belgian yeast, plums and raisins. Some of the alcohol comes through too.
Lots of flavors here. Raisins, plums, dates, yeast and the wheat are all very prominent. The alcohol and hop flavor are there but slight. This should continue to develop flavors as it ages.
Very smooth, thick palate.. Surpised it didn't have that prickly bite that wheat can sometimes lead to in a beer. Great stuff.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coffee brown in color. Smells like chemicals. Hoppy flavor. Can't read the rest of my writing.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #300. Dark brown to mahogany color, some dark fruits and nuts come out at first then that is stopped by a hop presence. Rounded mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish. Nice experiment.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Banana esters. Dark fruits. Plum. Raisins. Quite hoppy. Medium body. As-is, this beer is fairly nice but it definitely needs aging.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red color, not much head. Smell is cetainly unique, reminiscent of strong spice/fruit/peper. The hops are nicely present from beginning to end (suprise). The belgian yeast sets in second, rather sweet, but not too sweet. The wheat also adds nicely to the nose, and is sinks in slowly in the flavor. I must admit, the aroma at first turned me off to the beer, and the initial taste was not too much to my liking. After most of the first glas however, I fell for it.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear russet. Thin layer of noisy, fizzy foam. Abundance of uncracked pepper in the nose, reminiscent of coriander, alongside plum, crystal malt, nectarines, cinnamon, vague underpinnings of caramel tinged coffee, bubblegum, hay, and a lightly fruity/coniferous hop mixture. Strange earthy qualities emerge from the spice/malt combo. Only slight traces of yeast, which is nice. Soft, full palate. Miniscule carbonation. Initial notes of rich woody malt flavors, proceeded by bitter green vegetables, and coarse, earthy hop. Yeast notes intensify as it nears room temperature. Coarse hop and sweet malt components linger long after the swallow with afterthoughts of mint leaf and passion fruit. I don't know if it's the unfamilar combo of these particular spices and hops or simply the fact that the bottle is a bit young. I preferred more complexity/togetherness. I'll check back in a year, or so. Still, a fun experiment and an adequate ale.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very impressive blend of ingredients to create this monsterous brew. This one poured a wonderful dark red slightly cloudy mess with a thin pearly white head and a nice degree of carbonation. The aroma shed hints of coriander and grapefruit with pepper and fruity malt extremely prevalent. The taste is a total malty and peppery onslaught with coriander and grapefruit taking a back seat. Some banana and cherries/plum in the aftertaste making for a very dry, fairly alcoholic, and extremely pleasant and coating fruity ending. This is definitely a very big beer, it comibes the elements of spice which im not usually a fan of with a bittersweet fruitiness to create a very profound beer. Its powerful and yet delicate...this beer drinker is very pleased.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very complex and for me confusing beer. The flavor of the hops reminded me of Ruination. Definitely pick up the flavor of the Belgian yeast and various spices. I guess I didn't care for the mix.