SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my least favorite Unibroue beers so far, but still better than most everything else. Kind of a bitter hoppy flavor with a very sweet fruity flavor to balance it out. Barely noticed the alcohol in the taste, which is always good at 8%. Still another excellent beer from Unibroue.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spice, sweet apple aroma. Not much going on in the flavor department. I like the compexity of strong ales and this seemed to just miss it. Citrus start with very present alcohol burn, malts in the middle were sugary and sweet. the taste just sort of stopped there
jaymobrown (1607) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden color. A nicely crafted brew with an above average taste. The hop taste was pleasant with some sugar hints.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a respectable Belgian-style ale with a bit of spice. The color is honey-like, and the head is thick and creamy. The aroma is pretty much what you’d expect, but pleasant all the same. The flavor and finish are decent but not exceptional; the finish, in particular, is lacking a sense of warmth that I expect from a high-quality Belgian. I don’t dislike this at all; it’s a perfectly decent ale. At the same time, if I want a Belgian-style ale, I’m more likely to go for something like <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= or <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= Rouge.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Fresh bottle. Foam pours out of bottle as soon as the cap BLOWS of the bottle(12 oz.) Initial aroma highly pepper and corriander.Head is flowing out of the glass.Settles to a milkish ringy lace. Lovely mahogany appearence. Taste;begins with a very lemony,fruity flavor.Followed by a bite of pepper and corriander much like aroma. As it warms the dry subtle hoppy bitterness comes out and turns this into a wonderfully,satisfying ale.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good yeasty and spicy aroma. Deep copper/red hue and a nice head. Aroma seems typical of Unibroue. Flavor is very fruity, hides alcohol very well. Complex. A nice, full mouthfeel is very appealing. One of my (if not the) favorite strong ale on my list.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This would be my favorite so far of the Unibroue line. Deep auburn brwon color. Flavors are more pronounced. Nice malt character that trails off before it gets too sweet. Solid.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orangey-amber-brown in colour. Hints of citrus in the flavour. Beautiful long aftertaste. Can’t wait to have another.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 Yeasty nose. Effervescent and fluffy on the tongue. Has a subtle cake-like sweetness. Doughy and slightly fruity (apples and grapes), too. Dry, peppery finish. Pleasant beer.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little lighter tasting than it looks. It avoids the overwhelming heavy malty sweetness in that is in other Belgian Ales.