ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Color is a nice amber. Aroma is excellent with fig, raison, spice, and malt. The taste reminds me of a dark belgian double. Nice dry malt with spice and pepper. The pepper really comes on strong at the finish. Good stuff.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark oarnge ale,approaching brown. Nice sized head. Clingy with good lacework. Aroma is mainly good interplay between pepper and coriander.Nice sweetness and little hoppiness as well. Very soft mouthfeel. Starts sweet but the pepper/coriander follow and stick out more. Little sweetness in the finish,with mainly spice,and just small,leafy/sappy,hop notes,now and then. Not bad at all.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark carmel color. Aroma is big and malty with fig tones, similar to Aventitus with moderate hints of spice, especialy coriander. Taste is malty, very very dry, rather spicy corriander and some noticeable pepper that seems to realy hit you at times. Lightly yeasty and bitter. A bit unusual but very nice.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the aroma I get intense ripe fruits - banana, plum, apple - followed by mild phenolics - clove and band-aids. There is also some malt and yeast earthiness and spiciness. Clear ruby-amber in color, beige head is milkshake-like and leaves good lacing. Flavor is malty and spicy, with some peppery alcohol and moderate hop bitterness coming through in the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, hides the alcohol well. I had this beer last year, just after it came out, and didn't like it. I thought it had way too much hop flavor for a Belgian-style ale. Well the hop flavor has dropped out, leaving a superbly balanced Belgian. It has all the spiciness and fruitiness that a Belgian should, but with an even balance from the Stone-quantity of hops added. Amazing what a year will do for a beer.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rich brown color with a moderate head. A pretty good belgian interpretation if you like them a little hoppier.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Bottle: Reddish and clear with a nice head. Too close to some of their others to be too "special" in my opinion. What an incredibly tough job, though, to make a beer that stands out above their regulars! Would be a terrific addition to nearly any other brewery's stable.
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.
stevencon (512) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Traded with daknole. From bottle. Old wet cardboard murky amber color. Lots of cardboard. Still carbonated. Cherry plumb coconut. This beer is past its prime but still surprisingly good. Tastes like a strawberry twizzler.
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.