Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
By far the best belgian strong ale. Full body and flavor, without apparent alcohol, but still has a certain kick to it. My bottle was about 14 months past the best before date- but it still kicks ass. There was nothing bad about it despite the old age- in fact the age may have made the flavors even better. Very smooth and drinkable, with so much complexity. Dark color and nice head. Very spicy, with some coriander, and finishes off with a nice port/wine taste.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is best described using the eloquent words of John Madden: "BAM! Tough actin’ Tinactin."
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very fruity with an amazing mouthfeel. one of unibroue’s best.
sov (15) - Bonny Doon, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 Bugger this is sweet. Whoever said it tasted like cheap red wine was spot on, that, and cheap port and coke. I once liked this, but really don't know why, sickly and cloying, severely over-rated in my humble opinion, really flat uninspiring mouthfeel, bloody hell.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice, but it not in the same league as a high quality trappist ale. It does not have the fine aroma that I want in a BSA. Taste is light for the style.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark brown but lighter than I remembered. Winey, spicy aroma with notes of bubble gum, bready yeast, green apples and blackberries. Very complex. It has flavors of berries, alcohol, plums? and roasted malt. A fine beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Rerate - 10/20/03:
I don't really like this now. It has an odd mix of Juicyfruit gum and tomato juice. Very complex, but I just couldn't shake this tomato juice thing...it really turned me off. The numbers reflect this sample.
Original rating - 8/14/2002:
Nice nice. Strong floral aroma. The taste was much like wine. The high alcohol content isn't really noticable in the taste. This beer is an opaque brown...really pretty. I'm not quite ready to rate beers this complex yet, so I'm sure I will re-rate this someday.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 (Re-rate) A hazy dark brown almost ruby colored. Moderate but persistent tan head. Aroma is of vinous fruits(raisons,figs,berries), vanilla, subtle yeast and others, simply stellar. Flavor consists of huge malts that ride along the whole way,clove,maybe mint, marshmellow,vanilla, touch of honey,fruity sweetness (overly ripened cherries?) and yeasty twangs on the side of tounge. Almost thick bodied, very mellow,cant taste the alcohol but can feel it. The yeast is a bit more dominate as it warms but adds another dimension to this gift. This is why we drink beer boys..........