mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pear like fruitiness, caramel, spice. an incredible load of flavour.
TheBeerGod (5487) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great American version of a Belgian ale. Pours golden with a shade of brown in it and becomes hazy when the sediment is added. Aroma somewhat floral but with generous spices and citrus fruits as well. Smooth aftertaste and finishes well. Overall, this is recommended.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasing American ’Belgian’. It looks rather poor, being urine yellow and having no head at all. The aroma hinted of citrus and hops. The first taste confirmed this. There was a strong lemony taste that washed over my tongue. Rather good but reminded me more of a Belgian White than a Belgian Strong.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Having a April 2002... lot of spice, citrus, somewhat tart with a little sweetness. Watch for the new V10, coming soon!
hattrick6899 (16) - USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy stuff, but damn what a flavor. Very complex flavor much like a good cigar. Have one of these, your girl and a CAO cigar, and make a night out of this
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma immediately greats you with a smack of lemons, pumpkins, spices and gingerbread. The first taste is rather harsh but the more I drank it the better it felt. Immediately warms the whole body. Apearance is a downer. Dirty water orangy color with floating minut coagulants turned me off a bit, but if you close your eyes you will thoroughly enjoy the robust and tingling flavor. Quite similar to a Belgian strong ale boasting the same sweet carbonated taste(hense the name). Excellent to down a couple initial beers prior to a tailgate game at a Big 10 football game during the winter time to get you all warmed up for the bad beer to follow. Save for your best friends to try.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not a yummy beer. More like the kind of beer satan would drink. And does
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.