Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Cloudy orange-brown color, lasting head that was explosive upon pouring. Has a mild spicy undertone with notes of dark dried fruits and some green fruits. Finish is somewhat dry. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Poured a cloudy opaque caramel color with an orange tint. Thick foamy off-white, tan head. Good lacing. Great apple, apricot, malt aroma. Amazing fruity,smokey, malty flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. Chewy. Very good beer. waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2004
bottle. Poured a large light brown head with an orange caramel color almost like the color of apple cider. Smells of cherries and apples are present. Medium bodied, very smooth and full of malts, caramel and fruit flavors. The aftertaste is what I would describe as woody. Awesome beer. I would like to try other varities to see how they measure up. IndianaRed (4629) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Bottle Pours a deep carmel brown with a small light tan head and sparce but silky lacing. Lots of floaters and sinkers. Fruity and spicy notes. Plums, raisons and molassas. flavors are the belgian spice, slight smokey notes and mostly dark pitted fruits. Flavors are quite subdued earthy and blended. Much more so than the other highly rated Belgians I’ve had. Feel is soft and a bit lively and the finish is smooth with a slight woody malty flavor. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 Amber-orange color under a huge, frothy light tan persistant head. Lots of floaties for sure. Beautiful aromas of ripe plum, peach and pear. Very fruity to say the least. Spritzy carbonation emphasizes extremely complex flavors of sweet ripe fruit, caramel, honey and malt which nicely tames the 10% alcohol. The finish is the real treat here; quite sweet early, then within a few seconds a dominant bitter herbal/woody/mineral taste and mouthfeel becomes quite obvious. A supremely satisfying, complex Belgian which is worth every penny!!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Poured reddish brown with medium tan head...hello floatie town...smell is definately fruity and fantastic with fruits...peach and cherries for sure...a little fruity at first, giving way to a very bitter herbal taste and finish...don’t get me wrong, it is good, but quite strangely spiced...bizarre finish...overall a little disappointing after the magnificent aroma... MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Magnum bottle. Spicy aniseed aroma. Dark red/brown colour, OK head. Malty aniseed flavour. Soft and full-flavoured. Pleasant. Tea-like aftertaste. Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2004
reddish-brown colour with a big dense foam, subtle and complex aroma of caramel, malt, pear and bread, creamy mouthfeel, medium to full-bodied, very bitter, dry bitter and woody, caramel aftertaste with light notes of alcohol - deeply balanced and complex (thanks to fiulijn for this beer !) Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 grapefruit aroma with a cloudy body.the abbye had a foamy head that dissipated after a bit.very nice lacing. enjoyed the taste alot more than i thought i would due to the aroma.no grapefruit in the the flavor,just carmel, malts,and a bit of alcohol at the end. this is a very nice grand cru. Enniskillen (2055) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Thanks to Odeed for sharing this bottle. Alcohol, fruit, butterscotch. Color is a foggy ruby, and the head is a nice size off white one. Nice alcohol covering. Slightly nutty taste. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy.