egajdzis (6004) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, with a medium sized head. Aroma was very fruity, must be the plums. Taste was very similar to plums as well, very fruity, not one I could drink everyday
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark brown with hints of red. The nose is very fruity and estery; mostly apples and pears. The flavor is a shock after the aroma: Pumpernickel and other dark breads in the flavor, and a bit of fruit (pomegranate). WAY overcarbonated and a bit of acetic sour, possibly from the carbonation itself. Finishing bitterness was well done.
ClarkVV (5539) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Possibly my favorite belgian style ale. What really sets this one apart for me, is the relative lack of astringency in comparison with other belgian strongs (there is still some present though). Granted this is not a triple and should not be that prone, but this beer pours on the flavor all the way through. It has a wonderful mix of raisin and plum and is pleasantly sweet. There are even some woody/grape leafy notes and plenty of spice. Texture is smooth and no hint of a grainy feel. Body is full, which is always a plus, as I would hope one would like to taste their beer. For 9abv, it does not overpower you with alcohol (and I dont see any taste resembling bactine). Pours a deep black and has a yellow/off white head on it. Aroma is a light plum wine, with some malty notes and not as much yeasty smell as I expected. Not as much of a strong yeast presence as I would expect, but I dont see that as a bad thing. Flavor thins out a bit towards the finish, and there is a slight astringency that comes out after the sweet fruit notes in the middle that creates a tiny bit of inconsistency in the overall experience, maybe a touch too sweet. Tough to critique this one though. Rerate Probably a 2004 bottle. Corked 750mL. Upon removing the cork (which was very difficult), there was no pop, no nothing. This beer was dead flat. Now, I’m not saying this beer should be at its best, when drunk uncarbonated, but among the best beers I’ve tried, giving them time to sit out does not ruin the flavor, or body. In fact, I’m actually a fan of uncarbonated, or naturally carbonated (resulting in very low levels) beers. This however was revolting. Cheap, sweet, sugary candy. I will reserve judgement (for the most part) until I can get another bottle that is carbonated, and let it sit out and naturally free itself of carbonation. Will see how that tastes.
Draught at Publick House 3/23/06. Same frothy, well-retained head with lacing. Lightly hazy appearance. Dry, but not overly so, in the aroma and flavor with the dark fruit esters, spices, black pepper and clove. Sweetnes as it warms, with candi-sugar residue on the palate and light vanilla. A light amount of roast gives a little oomph. I think my score is about right.
SilentNight (5) - CANADA - JUL 6, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely dark beer...cannot be drunk all the time, alcohol is immediately felt in the aroma and on the palate. Fruity, with notes of plums and a touch of chocolate on the aftertaste. Not a beer for novices, as the mouthfeel is quite astringent. Still, one of my favorite beers for its complexity and strength. I will have to re-rate this once I taste La Terrible.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as good as the Maudite, yet darker with even more malty taste. I will have to re-rate this after doing a side by side tasting of this and Maudite to be sure.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark mahogany with a very little head around the sides of the glass. Spicy and full-bodied with an assortment of fruits, especially plums and prunes. Definetly more of a colder weather beer due to its overall heaviness. Highly carbonated finish. Vinous and winelike.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
wtf teh_beer monsta?! dis beer is da' shizzy!!! if i found this beer while pissing in the fridge it would make it all worth while... definitely very tasty!
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark murky brown with a tan head that doesn't last long at all. very smooth flavor. the alcohol is barely noticable. the belgan yeast is evedant with some fruity flavors. will definatley try again.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wild color of dark and deep amber more brown towards the top & moderately cloudy, lots of bubbly carbonation flying up the glass. Super tall head that overpowered and took a few minutes to pour my 12oz bottle into my 14oz brandy glass. Head slowly poofs away and is a puffed whipped cream of dark ivory hue. Tons of heavy settling in the middle and tons of gluey lace in large patches and shelves, great consistency.
Has a nice light citrusy dark aroma, spicy, with caramel and banana notes, some wet breadyness also noted.
Taste is subtle, layered in mellowing smoothness and dark, lots of dark fruits in front of banana, strawberry, raisins, a lemony sweetness but soft and dark as well, takes the stage leading to dark caramel, with hints of nuts and bread yeast and some small hops rounding out and bringing a firm but mellowing balance together. Nice texture thats a bit astringently soft yet complex in its lingering. Feel is full medium body, smooth and a bit creamy with that tingly effect late from the carbonation.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy Belgian style. Aroma of yeast, raisins and prunes. Beer pours much darker than most Belgians. Large head that mostly dissipates. There is a small amount of lacing. There is a lot going on in the flavor department. Multiple layers of flavor beginning with a light malt introduction, this is quickly followed by a deluge of yeast and spices. Finally the brew finishes lightly acidic with a good dose of alcohol. This is an ale to be savored. Thank God for ales of this caliber which are easily accesible.