redmile1 (9) - essex, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2003 does not count
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
give me a break guys this beer is total junk awful awful beer if i wanted a port wine i would get one
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Dark ruby-bronze with a huge, frothy Belgian-style beige head. Terrific fragrance that is nearly indescribable, but suggests roses, berries, and a woodshop. Pleasing complex, organic flavor. Moderately sweet flavor of nectar. Soft palate. I totally dig this beer.
Suttree (5768) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Did you know that "Trois Pistoles" is French for "Three Pistoles"? just a litlle factoi to enhance your enjoyment of this beer. You can thank me later. Anyway, Its dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is like a cherry cordial - chocolate and cherry. Initial taste is a woodsy bitternessand a subtle wine fruitiness. Earthy, messy finish. As you continue to drink, a mellow walnut / burnt pecan flavor emerges. Enjoyable drinking experience.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very light aroma of somthin' sweet.Poured out a cloudy(yeast chunkage abound)brown/burgandy(as mysterious as the label?color)The taste is a bit harsh a first when cold(lots of carbonation)this one one smooths w/ a proper pour and a little warming time( let it breath)---dry finish,not much lacing w/ a quick small fizzy head... 9% Hidden well at times.Good balnce of malts/hops.Easy to drink a couple(4)
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gift from Nuffield. Creamy and fizzy with a gentle sweetness. Tastes like a Chimay clone. Not my thing.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep hazy mahogany with hints of ruby, an effervecent head with excellent lacing. Aroma is delicious, almost like a dopplebock with notes of apple cider, fig, raisin and cherry. A slight musky hop presence is detectable too. Flavor is sweet and refreshing, dark fruit and bitterness override the palate. Very complex with a nice malty finish, very rich.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 An amazing complex belgian, I expected alot from this one and it delivered on every front. The pour is beautiful, a dark extremely cloudy barleywine - esque appearance. Very little lacing, with a strong aroma and a fizzy soda like head. The taste that come out of each sip are so vastly different and complex. Everything from dates and figs and raisins, to dark fruits to complement the darkness of the style. Very winey, like a port, this would go nicely after dinner or on a cold winter night sitting around a fire. Has the ability to warm you up and put a smile on your face. The aroma alone is something to marvel over, you could just sit there and take in the aroma for quite awhile. I cannot wait to try this one again.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I simply love this beer. Has a great rich, fruity flavor and a wild finish. Alcohol flavor is a litle strong but in no way harsh. Great Beer!
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost black in color. When held up to the light, it has a slightly red glot to it. Large frothy head that began to fizzle away immediately. Fruity aroma with a complex taste of fruits, spices and a bit of yeast.
bierkoning (11679) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Red brown color, cloudy, frothy head. Excellent lacing. Cherry aroma. Fairly thin for such a strong beer. Cherry flavor, rather alcoholic with vanilla and a hint of sourness. A better thirst quencher as you might expect with the high alcohol content. Good beer, but IMO doesn't deserve the high rating. Or did I miss something?
Re-rate: tap Café Morshuis Albergen. Buttery aroma and flavor. Apple. The high ABV is hardly noticed. Butterscotch. Diacetyl. Likeable but better from the bottle. The above rating is for the bottled version.