TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Plum shade. Patchy, off tan foam. Lovely vinous aroma laced with sugared prune, leather, light perfume, heavy dough, port, coconut, soaked bread, wood, lactose, cassis, and very subtle underlying traces of blackberry tanginess and caramel. Prickly carbonation massages the palate. Beautiful complexity here: concord grape, fair amount of acidity, burnt sugar, figs and cream, wood, and port. Lingering acidity with a touch of prune juice and doughy yeast. More dark malts would have perfectly accompanied the acidic fruits here. Still, I loved the dryness and candied fruits.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicey old fruit and bready yeast in the nose. Deep dark chocolate brown with an oily beige head. Sweet and malty packed with dried fruits, musty wood, creaminess and some alcohol burn. Finishes with more dark fruit.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark with hints of red on edges of glass. Creamy light tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Sweet malts with a fruity flowery bouquet. Malty alcoholic taste that is actually quite satisfying and tasty. Nice thick lace on glass. Tastes like strawberry wine.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty loveliness. Very sweet sugar and bready notes. This seems to be by far the least "belgian-yeasty" of their beers I've had thusfar (aside from the Quelque Chose) although the banana esters are apparent. As the beer warms a great smooth swell of clove and spice comes through. Insationally smooth, creamy, and the alchohol is balanced perfectly. To bad this is so hard to find.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown sugar and black bread aroma, with a hint of gingerbread. Deep brown, enormous toffee head, good lace. Caramel flavour, great bitterness. Sweet, creamy, a very good beer, but it seemed like a dopplebock?
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very dark brown. Subtle berry aroma. Dryish and lightly yeasty, otherwise surprisingly clean. Notes of sugar and perhaps chocolate. Complex, but very, very subtle for a beer of this magnitude.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
There is nothing terrible about this finelely crafted brew. A robust brown color with a carmel colored head. Lots of flavors due to all of the spices and lots of alcohol. This is a big beer, with an even bigger taste.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was courtesy of Tom Nickel's personal collection at Obriens. It poured a dark brown, cloudy light black color with a medium dark tan head. The aroma was pretty alcoholic with yeast and spices becoming very apparent, ginger perhaps. Literally, one whiff of this decimated my nose for about a minute as the burn attacked my nose. The taste does not make much attempt to hide the alcohol, but luckily there is just SO much going on in the flavor department that this isnt too much of a problem. Spices (ginger) and deep malts dominate this brew along with a good ingrained citrusness and something fruity. The spiceyness of this brew actually grew considerably as it warmed and so did the complexities of the beast. Definitely a special occassions beer, and very interesting at 10.5% ABV.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 Dark malts and yeast come alive in the nose of this dark brown monster..and they join the apple flesh and cinnamon that also make an appearance..The flavors were very yeasty..spicy..with hints of dark plums and pumpernickle bread..
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I feel for those who have had a hard time finding this beauty as it is plentiful here in Vancouver. Pured a rather large and beautiful beige coloured frothy head and disappeared just in time for me to take my nose out after smelling a truly remarkable beer. Aroma was fruity with extremely crafty hints of oak and port while mixed with a citrusy note. Body is rusty dark and somewhat murky. Then I tasted this beast. An absolute mouthgasim. There was so much flavour that I don't even care to think what it is. The finish was somewhat floral with an alchol touch. "La Terrible", the best lie yet.