Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Im impressed by this one. I had always seen it in the store, but finally broke down and got it at a bar in Houston. Had the traditional belgian nose...spices and fruits took over, hints of alcohol in the finish....well done!
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange/amber with a long-standing head. Peppery orange aroma. Spicy orange zest, flowing on alcohol with a slightly bitter finish. A nice balance between malt and hops.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fizzy pouring. Head disappears quickly. Smells a little like mulled cider, with an alcohol kick. The flavor is warm, gentle, with a bit of an alcohol burn going down. Very pleasant and full flavored, but still subtle. Nice beer.
argo0 (11453) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On pour, there was a nice head that quickly dissolved, leaving a relatively clear orange-brown body. The aroma and flavor are both sweet and spicy. While that can be a good thing, I find that I don’t much care for this particular spiciness. Champagne mouthfeel contrasts unusually with the alcohol undertones. Surprisingly mild aftertaste.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really outstanding beer. Similar to a weiss, or maybe even a weissbock. I suprisingly really enjoyed it. The palate was full, the spices are well noticed but not overpowering, and no overwhelming fruit presence. One of a kind.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rumor was this was a darker beer, but I was not disappointed. Strong alcohol flavor mixed with a pleasant spiciness. Can’t wait for my next one.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed a four pack with funk and while it does cost a dick and a ball the taste makes it all worthwhile. A great beer that I really can’t say enough good things about!
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark sludgy brown like a westmalle dubbel, but the head was short lived. Aroma initially suggests a trappist dubbell (westmalle, again) but develops into more of a rodenbach type woody spicyness, although not sour. Bread dough in the mouth with a fruity (fig?) spicy cakelike taste. Aftertaste is delicate but leaves behind the first hint of its taste. As I work my way through the Unibroue beer range, saving the strongest for last (I have a trois pistoles and a La Fin Du Monde left) I get more and more impressed.
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
re-rate 4/30/02. Had to lower the score. I really have a little trouble with the taste of the yeast.
The color is nice. Medium dark reddish brown and cloudy. The head is a bit foamy and dissapates quickly. It has a mild pleasant smell. The flavor lacks some of the complexity that I would expect from a Belgian style brew, but the more I drank, the more I liked it. The alcohol only leaves the slightest footprint on the tongue -- just enough to let you know it’s there. Overall, a good beer.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rustlike color with a cloudy/yeasty appearance and a good deal of lace. A very quiet nose with some bready notes. No real hop nose. Spicy feel witha subtle hint of hop bitterness that cleans itself up by the end of the sip. Somewhat citrusy orange flavor with a hint of raisins and maple sugar.