VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy mahogony color with a wispy tan head. Subdued aroma consiting mainly of hot alcohol notes, dark fruits and minor hop notes. Reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel with it's sweet, malty notes backede up by dark fruit flavors and minimal hop character. Only mild spice notes appear. No yeasty/bready aromas or flavors you might expect from a Belgian though. A bit thin bodied. Nice, and it definitely packs a wallop.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle RBESG. Rich, malty, flowery aroma. Same goes for the flavor. Very nice. Rich, amber color and lots of head.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I only bought 3 of these when they were new, had one fresh, now this one, and Iím saving the last. I canít believe I didnít rate it fresh. Looks like I got lazy on all the VE except 04. Pours a hazy orange brown with thin off white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel and a faint spiciness. Flavors come in equally malty sweet, with some light fruit, definite coriander and other light spice (maybe cinammon and pepper), and a dusty yeastiness throughout. Finish is clean and has a strong alcohol presence. I got one of these left so Iíll re-rate it then. Guess Iíll pop open an 05 and 06 in the next couple days to get them rated as well.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy rust with a small yellowish head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with caramel, dust, and bandaids. Flavor is more caramel and dust with some citrus and slight hops. Palate is moderate with average carbonation.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 This one took a while to pick up speed but when it did it became excellent. Started with sweet cream, coriander, and vinous malt, peppery alcohol, and the slightest undertone of ground pepper in the nose. Medium white head that easily replenished and left a little lacing on the sides on top of a amber/ red body. Started off very disjointed with coriander and malt running the show but slowly harmonized like when you tune a guitar by harmonics as spice, alcohol, nuts, brown sugar join the mix with touches of the nose come in too. Picks up a slightly vegital quality along with nuttiness, sweet malt and the traces of resiny hops in the corners of the mouth. Canít wait for this to age! (3.9)
rerate June 05 Aging nicely. Pretty much the same as above only blending together bit more fluidly.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MMMMM, baby. This was pretty darned tasty. Very fruity, but not orangy, which is good. Very sweet and a very pleasant aroma. well worth the trouble to find. But then I might be a bit biased as this was one of the first brews I had after coming back from 10 months in China.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty aroma with dark malts and spice. Color is a deep dark brown, taste is quite peppery up front with malty middle and a dry finish. Not overly sweet. Might get better with age.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Due to the law change, I never got to try 02.02.02, so I can't really compare it to previous ones. This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a small light tan head that subsided leaving trace lace. An aroma of malt, pepper and a slight hint of corindar and other spices. A flavor of malt, spices and touch of pepper. An interesting finish to it, almost of burnt wood. A good beer, but probably better served warmer and maybe allowed to age for awhile.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt aroma, light spice (moderate corriander), light roast, light caramelized sugar (cake/cotton candy). Belgian yeast funk (phenolic?). Sweet flavor with a smooth mouthfeel, light coating left in mouth. Finish is a muddled bitterness with a slight spiciness.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red color with medium light brown head. Fairly rich malt flavor and some hop bitterness. Medium body. I didn't have the patience to let it cellar, but that would definitely improve the beer's flavor.