Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A quality belgian from Canada. I found it complex but not overpowering.
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít know about íripeí fruits in the aroma & flavors, smells & tastes almost like a Belgian Wit, this has that taste like someone crushed up a bunch of veggies & threw it in a beer bottle, I didnít really like this beer at first, but then after a few some sips I did begin to appreciate it & like it, overall this beer isnít too bad, but not one that I could drink all the time
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Turbid dark brown-amber with rich tan head and speckled sheet-lace. Aroma yeasty, fruity (as in fruit brandies), estery--a bit oaken. Malt front followed immediately by fruit essences: plums come immediately to mind here, pears as well--sweet and bright flavors coincide. Mild yeasty spiciness kicks in toward the finish and stays around for a while. This has outstanding smoothness and fine body...Carbonation is positively in play but does not mask flavors. This is outstanding in all major respects.
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown colour with a creamy, yellow foam. Aroma of vinegar, chocolate and cherry. Vanilla flavour and a long finish with alcohol notes.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Rerate 6/28/2004: Best before 5/23/05 cellared for over a year, pours a dark auburn brown with a puffy light tan head that leaves a sparse lace behind. Aroma of musky aged caramel malts and a touch of tart fruit, with some subtle Belgian yeastiness. Body is still thick and flavorful with nice sweet balance that continues to mask the alcohol very well. This has aged quite nicely and gained some more complexity.
9/16/2002: Very dark and murky, but well carbonated. Hints of fruit and oak in the nose. Smells almost sour, but not noticeable in taste. Coats and warms the throat on its way down. Very little hop presence, but nicely rounded roasted malt mixture making it just sweet enough to mask the high alcohol content. Only gets smoother as it warms. One of the best Belgian Strong ales I have had.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gorgeous dark brown, nice head, spicy aroma. Fruity flavor, definite raisin overtones, could use a bit more hops to balance the sweetness.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep murky brown in color. Very complex nose with a vinous quality along with some figs, peach, cocoa and some dark candied sugar with just a bit of an alcohol presence. Taste is complex as well with all those flavors dazzling the tongue. Finish is lasting and very bittersweet. This oneís meant to be sipped and savored.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2003 Excellent, but drink it slooowly. It was one of my first tastes in an evening and I hurried it a bit. Later, tried it again (after MY head cleared)and discovered wonderful aroma, wine-like.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark amber pour, looks very nice in a Chimay goblet. Crisp apples-n-alcohol smell. Intensely rich flavor, with all kinds of fruitiness in it. Very strong, in fact I drank a full glass at the end of a tasting session, around midnight after a long day, and the result was falling asleep on my couch. I think itís between this and Ommegang for the best Belgian brewed in North America.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The tops of the regular line from Unibroue. Served in a wide goblet the perfume is rich and spicy with a pie fruit aroma. Wild carbonation keeps up a fine and rocky head that leads to and empty glass covered with lacework. The real key to this beer seems to be the yeast. It leaves the malt a touch sweet, but provides a dry and complex spice to the aroma.