NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops and spice in the nose with some sweet malt as well. Very nice. Pours with a hazy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head. Some spiciness in the flavor along with a full, sweetish maltiness. Some clove, some candy - bubblegum? Well balanced bitterness. Alcohol is well cloaked, but becomes apparent at the finish; and is definitely present mid-goblet. Good firm body and carbonation level. An exceptional beer in all regards.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoosh! This one’s a major foamer! Nevertheless, a very nice strong ale, and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden. Strong pepper, clove and other spice notes permeate this beer. Much like a shot of Absolut Peppar I once did in college (served to me by Ralph Lauren’s snobby nephew, Brad, BTW, but that’s another story). Very nice.
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good tasting ale. That said, Light amber color with spicy, almost weiss bier aromas. Pepper, clove, corriander flavors. Drier alcoholic finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very cloudy with a huge head. Good alcohol nose and definitely taste the peppery aspect that legion spoke of. Good but not great strong ale. Could use a more profound malt backbone.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 21, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong alcoholic aroma. Honey and bubblegum in the malt flavors. Extreme alcoholic taste. Some sweatsock early that fades away but leaves a rather bad taste in my mouth. For me this is one to forget.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty standard strong ale. Yeasty, alcoholic nose. Straw colored body. Nice (read: not overpowering) amount of effervescence for the style. Has a big bubblegum and cloves yeast thing going on in the flavor, and leaves a nice dry palate.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy straw color; Huge head with a ton of lace; Typical Bbelgian sweet nose- inviting. Spicy dry assaults you right away. Gets even spicier as the glass goeson. Almost pepper-like. Very good. Alcohol rises pleasently from the back of the throat.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2007 Bottle@Home, Sep 07, 3.7: Strong orange aroma with herbal hops. Hazy, dark yellow color, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, orange, pretty bitter, herbal. Alcoholic and warming. Bottled, Nov 01, 4.0: Hop and citrus aroma. Beautiful foam and lots of it too. Orange/amber colored. Bit sweet, citrus and a light alcohol taste. Sparkling on the lips. Leaves a long lasting burning sensation.