Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish amber, with a thick off-white head. Nose is fruity, spicey, and maltly. Flavor is very fruity. Apricot and peach are very noticable. Port spices can be detected. This is a very good beer.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a very large head that dissipates quite quickly with no lacing at all. Smells sour with a touch of malt. Color is a slighty cloudy deep shade of red blended with amber. Body is a little thin, not uncommon really. The commercial description is pretty good, has a great port taste to it, some citrus and some roasted flavors. The alcohol blends nicely, quite a warming burn that lingers a bit. A sweet slighty spicey aftertaste finish is quite pleasant. Overall, quite exceptional!!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a very dark reddish amber and formed a light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. Some carbonation is present as well. An aroma of caramel and spices. A flavor of chocolate, a hint of caramel and spices. Some of the alcohol is present in the finish which was a touch astrigent. A very nice beer.
Frank (3341) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 This pours a nice dark color, deep red, nearly black. The head is foamy and of quite fine bubbles which leaves some really nice streaks of lace after each sip. Nose is lovely and fruity floral w/ a citrus note which might perhaps be from coriander or orange peel but may well be yeast or hops just the same. Texture is light medium bodied but lightened by a brisk cushion or carbonation. Itís very nice and on par w/ the very best Belgians made anywhere in the world. The flavor follows the aroma quite exactly, the tartness and sweetness of the beer being perfectly in tune w/ what the nose presents. It has a surprising lightness w/ still being full flavored. Quite honestly, when I re-rate a beer which I rated highly many years ago, I generally expect my rating to drop quite significantly. This is not the case here. I appreciate this every bit as much and more as I did in my early days of beer tasting. This is a truly excellent beer.
Original rating 2003 (4.0 - 9, 3, 7, 3, 16): Dark, cloudy brown. Mostly diminishing head, some lace but not much. About the stongest vinous character Iíve ever tasted in a beer. Tart aroma with a slight hint of wheaty malts. Mildly lemony citrus flavor, hints of plumbs and grapes. More sweetness comes out in the finish along with a slight hop bitterness. Lighter bodied than what I expected but it works absolutely perfectly with the flavor. Warm alcohol presence. A delicious change of pace from what Iíve been drinking lately.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, beer bottle color, with a red glow under lights. 60% opacity and a roiling head. Definitely a 'glass' beer..careful not to pour off the yeast from the bottom! A malty, sweet aroma, almost like wort. The first sip on the palate explodes in texture, with a pleasing flavor and a smoky finish. Excellent hops blend, none to thin or overdone. The carbonation and texture of this beer really makes it explode in your mouth, and then dissapate like magic. Wow, this is some complex beer. No question as to it's place as a world class brew. The second fermentation not only gives it strength, but character and mellow maturity.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 I smell cherries and red wine after I pour this one. The appearance in the glass is gorgeous, deep dark and rich, minimal head with very small bubbles. Flavor is a touch too fruity for me. Overall, a very good effort. The ABV is hidden well. Great beer.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 This has got to be one of the best beers going. It's like no other dark beer I've tasted. There's a quick assault on the tongue that retreats rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that it makes you WANT to drink more just to be sure you really tasted something that good. Very smooth, great head-- it just makes your mouth happy.
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is sweet of grapefruit. The appearance is a cloudy deep amber, with a great off white creamy head. The flavor is smooth, and nicely fruity, and did I mention smooth. The beer is a pleasure to drink. Overall a very nice one.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little sweet for my tastes but very good nonetheless. Great flavor and good aftertaste. Strong just like I like them.
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 A beer that, sadly, I only tried recently. Life is better for having tasted this excellent libation! A high recommendation to anyone. Good, complex, deep flavor, and a very nice aroma make this an always worthy purchase.