delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
vinous and could taste the strength of it. very, very sweet and sort of flat. nice spicy aroma, lovely ruby color (ok, i confess, i tried it in a clear yellow plastic cup at my MILs so i don’t know exactly what color it was)
i think i would need to try this again considering all the rave reviews. but for now, consider me not raving.
faulstich (25) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank one of these straight from the bottle - didn’t even notice at the time how good it was. Definitely better poured! Very flavorful! You can taste the alcohol, but the beer makes up for it. I will definitely try this one again.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Damn...This is my 100th beer rating. This is one wicked brew. When I poured it out and took a first whiff, I was overwhelmed by all of the different aspects of the aroma: Apples, grapes(as in wine), almost a nutmeggy spicy type note. The beer travelled down very well. Flavor loses a point because the alcoholic taste was ever present. Appearance and texture were outstanding. Very pleased to have been fortunate to find this hidden in the dark recesses of the beer cooler in the liquor store!
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much smaller head this time. Maybe not quite as luscious or exciting as the previous rating. Still nice and spicey and has a very smooth palate.
First rating 3.9 Awful looking murky brown-yellow colour with huge fine bubbled light-beige head that frothed up all over the place and made a real mess of my aunt’s expensive table cloth. Wonderful fresh aromatic, hoppy fruit, rasins, cider aple and some yeasty and faint sugar candy malty aromas. Medium bodied and very smooth on the mouth and tongue with softish malty, reasonably sweet and some bitter palate and medium almost soft drink-like finish but with a lingering alcoholic after kick. Surprising - I quite like it!
(Rated 22/5/02; Dolomite Alps; Italia)
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2003 750ml bottle. Smaller glass. The first glass was almost golden. The second dark orange/bronze looking more like the image from Michael Jackson's book. Both had plenty of carbonation and a full, lasting bubbly head. The first one definately had warm alcohol notes and was definately smooth and Duvel like. The second glass was darker and cloudier and if the first glass was good the second was great with all the flavour imagined. Even the bottom of the bottle was great. The best part about this beer is it's lack of lasting or overpowering sweetness. In my mind a much better bevereage than Chimay Red or Blue. This is addicting. If I wasn't over .08 I would rush out and get another.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very good. simalar to chimay grand reserve. in my opinion its better than chimay. i drink chimay grand reserve at least once a week but it look like that will change. congrats to unibroue!!!
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a fruity aroma, cloudy copper color, large lasting white head. Wow, very fruity flavor with high carbonation, I like this one a lot. Clean, crisp, somewhat sweet finish. Nice.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Foggy amber color. Soft head, combination of large and small bubbles, diminishing quickly to form a small slick. Nose is estery, citrus, yeasty. Mild fruit, clove, spice flavor. Oily palate. Sweet spicy finish. Where’s the high ABV. Chalk one up for the Canadians.
notalush (5266) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The flavor and aroma of this beer are very similar to Victory Golden Monkey. I realize that they are the same style of beer, but I’ve had other belgian strongs, and these two beers are like brothers. However, unlike Golden Monkey, the fruit and spice flavor isn’t as noticable or enjoyable. If you have the choice, buy the monkey.
Zodanga (26) - Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s been to long since I had this beer to recall much other then I liked it so much that I went out and bought more. Good tasting and a bit spicy.