JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I dislike gushers, even though I have made a few. That said, my first taste came quickly - lips to bottle while I reach for the glass. A bit assertive out of the bottle. What remained poured to a high head with a murky brown color. Scent of sweet lavender. Very smooth feel. The alcohol really comes out in the finish. Flavors of dark cherries, bananas and currents. Slight oak in the dry finish as it warms.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 The best birthday gift I ever got. Brilliant cherry/berries/cookie dough aroma. Deep brown color with beautiful rocky light brown head. Just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness. Vinuous and fruity. Only gets better as I drink more. Watermelon aftertaste. I am going back to the store tomorrow to buy more. Best beer Iíve had so far. UPDATE: this is just too cloying sweet for me now.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was an intoxicating blend of various berries and burnt chocolate. The dark blood red-purple color was a superb. Tastes so sweet to start, then turns sour, and then just the right amount of hops in the finish...incredible. I also got a hint of chocolate after licking my lips! Does share similar charactertistics with dark wine in the dry aftertaste, but thatís not a bad thing. The only neagative was that the carbonation was a bit on the extreme side, unfortunately. Superb, and closer to a wine than a beer in my eyes.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought this because some have said it tastes like Rochefort 10. Not quite... it tastes like Ommegang. It lacks the thick and creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol is too hot. Not bad, but disappointing. Try Weyerbacher Quad if you want a REAL and acceptable substitute for the real thing.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somewhat fruity, but yet complex aroma. Very nice balance in the body between the alcohol, hops, and sweetness. Another great beer from an incredible brewery.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Moderate rocky head with good lacing on top a deep red brown ale. Aromas of yeast, dough and berries. Tastes like a chewy fruitcake with hints of blackcurrant, cherry and a faint licorice note. Excellent mouth coating finish that never gets cloying. A top beer.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, dark, almost purple or very deep red. Roasty-toasty aroma with a hint of apple, red grapes, and something a bit tart smelling like cranberry. Alcohol was present in the nose as well. Sweet and malty with persistant alcohol tinge. Finishes with a apple-cinnimon sweetness that is almost lost to the alcohol. A little less carbonation and better masking of the alcohol would make this even better. It is very available in the Chicago area, and I would have picked it up much sooner had I seen it was so well rated.
calibeerman99 (3) - FRESNO, California, USA - MAY 2, 2002 does not count
2.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer ranks right up there with pond water. I think Im gonna yack !!!
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Reat 4/30/02 WEll im on resampling streak right now and although i still love this beer itís not quite the perfection i once thought. Great wine/oak/ripe fruit flavors. A truly great beer. Perfect, simply perfect.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 29, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
deep red-brown color, beige head.
sweet and spicy but plenty of hop bitterness for balance. one of unibroues better offerings that lies somewhere between a dubbel and tripel.