edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/21/02: bottle. nice thick creamy head, with fair amount of lacing. yeasty smelling. hints of banana and high evidence of yeast. i know that this is a beer of high quality, but for some reason i just don’t get it with belgians.
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell was hard to get.... Nice brown foamy head... You would think by looking at it that it would be a hard to drink beer... NOT at all. I luv the sweetnessss of these unibroue beers.
JMerritt (1850) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cloudy brown in color, nice light-brown head. Moderate sweet malt aroma. Very full bodied, light carbonation. Bitter, dry, and slightly alcoholic. Well worth the money. Definitely one of Canadaís best.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW, dark amber, off white red hintish head, smooth. Aroma is sweet and spicy. This beer is great. Wish I had more than just one. Just made my top 10 for 2002
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very Very Very good beer. I am having this for the first time as I write this. I am very impressed. Nice head nice everything. Very lively in my mouth. This beer realy warms you up. Why have I not had this beer before! I will no longer forsake thy brew!
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer. Deep red color with full off-white head. Strong citrus and clove nose. The flavor matched. Tasted like a (very) alcoholic orange spice tea. Finished sweet and smooth.
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[12/15/02] In a few short months, my palate has gained a bit more maturity, and I can say with confidence that this is one of the better belgian strongs on the market, and it is so ubiquitous, that accessibility makes it an even better beer. This is one of the best unibroue has to offer, which is saying a lot, considering they make such great beer. [9/16/02]Very large head that disipates quickly. Fruity aroma that gives just a hint of the sweet, smooth fruit flavor of this ale. Very smooth considering itís alcohol content.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bewer can almost due no wrong most of their brews are fantastic and this is one of them. Complex fruity spicy and malty with a nice roasty flavor. Abv well hidden. Recommended.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This might be one of my favorite beers of all time at this moment. If itís too cold, you canít get a lot out of this beer, but once it warms, you smell dark fruits (plums, at least I think), malt, alcohol, and a nice spicey cloviness. Taste is sort of the same but you get some carmelly flavors along with all the other aromas. Some yeastiness comes into the back ground if you shake the bottle too much when pouring, but itís not necessarily a bad thing, it just adds to the complexity. Alcohol is a back seat driver with this beer, but itís voice is heard in aroma and taste, but very slightly. Very well balanced for the amount of malt that should be in this beer. Coloration is deep, deep, copper to dark brown w/ some very nice ruby highlights and a fantastic head to start but it gets knocked down by the alcohol. Highly evervescent as a Belgian should be, itís a nice change from the norm. Too much of this could be a good thing, but may very well be a very bad thing. FYI, this was a World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner for Belgian Strong Darks.
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was far better than I even expected. One of the best beers Iíve had in a long time. Very memorable. I loved the Belgium style ale with a great reddish tint. It has a wonderful dark brownish red caramel look. It poured with a nice thick bubbly head and it almost resembled champagne in its carbonation. My only problem with this beer was over carbonation. Otherwise it was fantastic. The aroma and taste reminded me of raspberry brandy, with a hidden cherry flavor as well. I felt that the alcohol was dangerously hidden as it was a very easy beer to drink.