herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Decent tan head that lingers as a nice lace. Aroma is fruit and toasted malts. Nice palate just slides down tingling with carbonation along the way. Flavor is very similar to the better belgians but somewhat lacking in complexity. Very good beer overall.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is
hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of
brown sugar, banana, orange, clove, vanilla, cola, and alcohol. Flavor is
heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately
sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, short. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, moderately
alcoholic. As with Maudite, I like the aroma a lot (just a tad artificial smelling), but it just doesn’t fulfill its promises in the mouth experience...flimsy and kind of watery, with a quick finish that doesn’t leave you wanting to drink more. Nice potential, but doesn’t fully come together.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 A castle of abundance and fertility…In one room, peppery port wine kissing plump black cherries on a bed molasses and chocolate…In another, listless burnt caramel embracing Christmas cookie dough on a table of cloves…In yet another, plums draw human blood and honey from roasted figs…And this is just one royal corridor…
A 10-year-old 1996 bottle revealed a decadent aroma of maderized berry sugars...Carbonation had lowered with time, but it still let the flavors express themselves freely...A marvelous aging experiment...(the same cannot be said of Maudite).
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 Upon opening this bottle you will soon see the bubbly foam. An amber color, it warms you up soon after the first sip.This is one quality beer. I recommend it highly.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 750 ml corked bottle Dark orange brown color, big thick clingy head, sweet fruity, bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety this is a great belgian strong ale, very drinkable.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking brew. A little too sweet for me. It does have a dryness to it in the finish. Not something I would drink often but it is very good.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice brown color with light beige head, fruit like aroma,very smooth and drinkable, becomes more complex as it warms, a delight for the taste buds, highly recomended
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A deep orange brown color with minimal head. This beer has the typical corked belgian beer aromas, but the taste is more mellow, watery, and drier than I expected. The flavors become most apparant with a dry kick in the finish. It did not have the robust mouth-filling charge that many Belgian’s have. It had a dry fruit flavor, somewhat sour, and malty.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Incredibly smooth for such a high ABV beer. A slight fruity sweetness to it. Very mellow without an overpowering taste. Sip it slow.
tourette (207) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing beer! I’ve never had anything quite like it.
Re-rate: I sampled this beer again and noted that the aroma isn’t as exquisite as I previously thought. Not a 10. But on the flavor side, I would choose 11 if I could. Incredibly complex and wonderful.