Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 From the 750ml bottle (which seemed a little more stable)
Herbal nose of yeasts. It simply tastes good: cloves, pepper, yeasts, hops, malt, fruits and what not. I couldn't find any component taking the top in this delicious rumble that develops a small, but pleasant bitterness as it, not without regrets, leave your throat.
MaBeer1972 (1755) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 Aroma comes off strong and fruity but with a slight alcohol tinge. (Major turn-off for me). Flavor is kinda fruity, but flat. This is a down-grade from my previous experience with this brew.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A demonic, murky red body with a lasting white/tan head gave off an aroma of grapes and dark fruits, although said aroma was light. I drank this right after the AleSmith Horny Devil, and the key difference was the tart effect La Maudite had on the tongue. Otherwise, belgian sugars dominate the palate, along with earthy notes. Kind of thin-bodied, though. And, btw, the same fruit fly that landed in my Horny Devil also gave this one a try!
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer seems to be incredibly inconsistant, sometimes I get a great bottle sometimes not. It pours a rich white head with limited lace. Smells fantastic and the taste doesn't disappoint. The flavours are held back but balance nicely. Could be a lot more assertive but is a nice belgian style ale.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 2005-05-23. Lightly hazy dark amber body with a foamy beige head. Sweet yeasty aroma, mild spice. (7+) Alcohol grows as it warms, sweet malt flavour, mild yeast, dry alcohol in the finish (7+) Average plus palate. (3+). This was to be my definitive re-rate but I ended up talking instead of writing so I will hopefully come back to this again. 8/3/8/4/16 - 3.9 Bottle at C’est What
<P>July 2003. More mellow and complex than I remember previous tastings. I notice the spice and the malt predominantly with lots of interesting subtexts beneath it. 8/3/8/3/16 - 3.8
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 I yearn to be aboard the flying canoe! Mashing through the air, wooden paddles in hand... such a small penance to pay for the indulgence of this rarefied (canuck) Belgian. It's sold in 4-packs for a reason... drink more than four, and you'll cross the River Styx... which is a bad thing... BECAUSE IT'S THE LAST STOP ON THE FAMILY OUTING TO HELLLL!!!!!!! .....drink any less, and you won't have experienced the delicious undercurrents of this deceptively potent brew.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Generous, cottony head. Beer is ruby red-brown in color. Aroma and taste of wheat, straw, and grass. The alcohol is well hidden, and the beer is warming and drinkable, but not one of my favorites. Sampled at just above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belgiun strong is a good description. This has all the flavors of a Belgiun ale (fruity etc.) with a warming alcoholic feel.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Hop Leaf Chicago - Golden color with a small creamy head, fair lacing, full-bodied. Very nice aroma with hints of cereal, pine, yeast, honey, and raisin. Somewhat vinous. Flavor matched the aroma, creamy and buttery. Light alcohol presence detected on the finish. Good stuff, recommmended.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Oh yeah...it smells absolutly amazing, I just loved the sweet spicyness, lets see, theres some fruity sweets of orange peels, some nutmeg, ginger, clove, belgian-like yeast, and heck though in some roasted peppers. Then the taste is super rich and creamy smooth with lots of spicy action and tingly sweetness with a great roasty caramel malt backing thats very bold and smooth. The spice is peppery and fruity. Its got alot of things happening in the taste and feel, its just great to sip and ponder what the hecks all in this thing. The feel is medium heavy bodied, solid, silky smooth and a little bit creamy, that starts sweet, citrusy and malty then goes into the spice level and fades nicely into a fresh and drying bitter hop. Nothing here is overwhelming or overpowering, its all balanced in so softly its hard to phathom.