iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep plum body with a dense, creamy, lightly chocolate coloured head. . . aroma is full and effervescent - plums, peat, dry/chewy raisins, moss, light Unibroue yeast and green apples. . . full bodied fruity malt flavours with a good nutty presence. Soft palate with soothing carbonation.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I guess IMO this has become less of a thrill to have now that it is so widely available,but it will make a nice brew for #880
Black color,tall tan head that lasted for a nice amount of time.The aroma was fruity and malty with a nice sweet side and mild hop aroma.The flavor comes off as fruity upfront then it swings to malty,acidic alcohol taste that gets a little hoppy.As it warms the flavors seem to come together better with the alcohol becoming a little more subdued and the fruit and malt taking over to give a nice smooth flavor experience.The brew has a definate spice to it that seems to fit in just perfectly.The hops are well done just enough to break up the flavors and give it that little extra that makes this one of the top brews.The after taste is fruity and mildly hoppy and a some what dry finish to it.This is a well done brew and a welcome addition to my rating experiences.Thanks go out to Mr_Kimchee for this brew.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess I was expecting a more complex brew, but this one wasn't bad. Spicy with cloves and warming, but a little drab and uninteresting. Somewhat sweet, but no distinct flavors. The body was a tad thin, in my opinion, and the finish was somewhat unbalanced and overly sticky and bitter.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had such high hopes for this beer. It poured nicely, looked good, smelled better. The flavor could have been a bit fuller for a Belgian, but the palete didn't come through. There's a crispness that seeps through the flavor and attacks the tongue in just the wrong way. It's got the flavor of a Chimay with the palete of a Coors Light. Or maybe I got a bad bottle, who knows?
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma is hoppy, nutty, and fruity apples plums and bananna come to mind. pours black with a large tan head that dissipates quickly. flavor is fruity, yeasty, apples bannana, cloves, alcohol, bitter, slight astringency in the bite, yet is not overpowering in any way. this is a very enjoyable beer and those who can get it consider yourselfs lucky.
notalush (5316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one dark belgian - intense brownish ruby with a large, but short-lived head - full aroma of yeast, caramel, and dark fruits - flavor is subdued but complex - caramel is present, along with plums, cherries and raisins - high carbonation after the initial pour dies down quickly, allowing the flavors to become more prominent - tiny bit of bitterness in the finish balances a bit - a very good beer, but Unibroue makes better.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep purplish/brown, tan head with little lacing. Aroma of fruit, plum, grape, yeast, and some alcohol. Alcohol hit me on first sip, went away after four or five. Excellent fruity grape, plum, raisin flavors. Sweet in the finish. Quite good but the alcohol was a little too apparent to me.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice warm carmel malt aroma, thickish raisiny first taste, on 2nd taste the alcohol presence becomes apparent. That wonderful fruity carmel taste stayed with right to the end. And the alcohol warmth does creep up on you. If it were a little smoother, it would be perfect.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very, very dark color, off white medium head with nice lacing. Aroma has rich malts, dates, prunes, belgain sugar, with hints of vanilla. Flavor is spicey, sweet, malty, belgain-like. Carbonation is strong, maybe a little overwhelming. Alcohol is well hidden. A great beer.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 Original Rating (8/4/9/5/18): Very dark brown, oh so close to black with a thick frothy and rocky head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, with plum, blackberry, raisin, plus yeast. Yeasty, raisin, and cereal, with a syrupy and caramel sweet finish. No sign of alcohol at all. Big and bold body, thick and warming mouthfeel.
RE-RATE: Dark brown with ruby glints. Carbonated appearance with a fizzy, frothy, slightly rocky and mostly diminishing off-white head. Toffee, chocolate, raisin, plum, dark bread, and yeasty aroma. Toffee, plum, raisin, and tobacco flavours, plus light alcohol which is well hidden for 10.5%. Full bodied, rich, and smooth. Bottle dated 03/03/2003.