Trumpy (4) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am addicted to this beer. I love all the beers that come from the Unibroue brewery, but this is by far my favorite. A lot of sweet malt and not much hops, but overall a superb beer. Before I tried this beer, I thought I liked paler brews more than the darker ones, but this one makes me question that philosophy.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This "ale on lees" is a devilishly strong ale that just happens to go well with steamed belgium-style mussels and pommes frites. I'm also partial as Unibroue is one of my favorite brewers. As the label accurately states this is a mellow dark ale that lingers like a port wine! The 9% ABV is subtle and suprising. VERY aromatic. A hint of chocolate and a hint of rasberry!
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very cloudy amber with a head composed of small bubbles that is fading quickly, leaving bits of lace. Big apple aroma at the beginning sloping down into some malt and some hops. Very nice. Flavor reflects the aromas. Ripe fruit (apple and pear) start out this enjoyable beer, leading into a bit of a bready/yeast flavor. The body is slightly carbonated with a musky finish, but that's not the right word I'm looking for. The alcohol is very well covered up and this happens to be a very balanced Belgian.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry fruit aroma of raisins or dates. Poured dark purple and brown with a small off white head. Flavor was rich of ripe fruit up front and a tangy sour finish, a nice complex taste.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful deep brown with an off-white soft head. The malts are very sweet and fruity. I liked it a lot but I feel it could have been less sweet. Maybe it was just the mood I was in at the time.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark dark brown colour, almost black. Sweet super yeasty aroma, fruity (perhaps some banana? berries?). Strong yeast flavour, malt, etc. Great all around beer.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark hazy colour. Small, off-white head. Fruity, malty, aroma with a hint of alcohol is very nice. Very complex taste, not overly sweet, but lots of fruit, berries. The roasted malt really comes out. Great beer. Bottle.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good for a non-Belgian version. Comparable to Stoudts (PA, USA). Not much to add to the 374 ratings that preceed me. Complex flavor, but not in any way objectionable.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale had a dark brown/red color with a medium head and good silky lacing. Aroma of overipe fruit-plums and grapes fermenting, with a faint background woody sourness like lumber. Medium bodied and tingly on the tongue, cotton candy sweet with prune, licorice and clove flavors. The finish was warm and delightfully slow. Complex and full of surprises, great fun!
jonas (6863) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Plums, raisins, flowery notes and burned sugar in the aroma.
Hazy Bordeaux color with a stable creamy head.
Indeed a fruity Port flavor, dusty notes in the aftertaste.
Surprisingly light body , dry but a bit fizzy mouthfeel - this makes the beer seem lighter than it really is...