monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
All notes on a fresh sample (bottle-conditioned 4-02): Like a velvet hammer; not as hoppy as the other readily available trippel (Cinq Cents); but a cool, and easy-to-savor flavor profile with plenty of Belgium-style spices and flavorings, including banana esters and sweetness (funkiness?), and a huge, Duvel-style fluffy white head.
BTW the 9.5% is absolutely invisible, so chug a lug at your own risk. Actually, this brew is so drinkable that you’re there in no time. Too bad it’s so hard to get back!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2003 Golden yellow, slightly cloudy, frothy head. Complex spicy flavors. Alcohol warms the tummy.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily red gold color w. modest head. Alcohol very noticeable, masked, to some extent by syrupy, sweetness. Nice job of capturing Belgian’s earthy character w. hops present, though absent in sweet finish. On par w. Ommegang and Unibroue’s best. Aromas and flavors of licorice, coriander, pepper, bitter orange, malty, yeasty.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As with most belgian-style, the yeast presence is noted all over. There wasn’t much in the appearance of this one and it was actually pretty clear looking. The taste was big on the yeast, but there was also an inherent sweetness and mild hoppish presence. One big plus was the lack of carbonation, or rather the lack of overcarbonation. The alcohol was faintly noticeable on the finish, but that’s not a bad thing. A solid american attempt at the Belgian style.
homebrewrules99 (37) - portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too sweetin the flavor. the aroma is mild with good overtones very complex palate and not all that i wanted
Jayb0 (1080) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
lovely belgian style beer. reminds me a bit of St bernardus triple without quite as strong tropical fruit flavors. wonderful golden color and herbal nose
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Terrific!!! Nice spicy flavor with moderate yeastiness and medium body. Doesn’t overwhelm with alcohol. Gotta find someplace around my home that carries this golden elixir.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy and well carbonated finish. A very good beer. Body is very good; slightly yeasty with hints of coriander and black pepper. Also very herbal.
MoeStCool99 (6) - Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another victory from Victory.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
lovely golden color. definite herbal aroma. the herbs are tasted but the alcohol is the predominant factor in this strong ale. the alcohol blends well with the herbs and warms the palate and stomach immediately. a very nice belgian strong.