bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Batch #2: Dark, golden honey color. Pours with large, tightly carbonated head - tan in color. Nice nose - complex: orange peel and citrus, with a touch of spice. Crisp, light and refreshing palate. Medium strength flavors: spices, cloves, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel and pepper. Very solid brew! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Not impressed. The Appearance was nice with a thick head, leaving some good belgian lace on my glass. The Aroma was Spicy with a hint of citrus, not bad. But, that is where I stopped liking this beer. The flavor just wasn;t there for me. I was very disapointed. stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
A great beer. Spiciness accompanies an easy to drink palate. Nuttiness, toastiness, citrus, corinader, black pepper, and oh $hit - I just finished my last of six bottles. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
Leather colored; Head had meduim retention; Raisin and plum in the nose. Slightly astringent. Medicinal, but not too bad. Spices are evident, but hard to pinpoint. MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Earthy yeast, piney hops and herbal spices (rosemary?) accompany orange peels and peppercorns...The soft froth makes this very drinkable...Of great Belgian character, this spicy concoction makes for a bubbly lunch...
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2002
A dark ruddy brown color with a small, quickly diminishing head. Nose is of roses, peach, and tennis shoes. It’s a bit difficult to appreciate the flavor, as it’s is powerfully effervescent, lending it a sharp twang on the tongue. There are good flavors in there, though, dominated by a slightly bready, smoky malt profile and some lingering black pepper spiciness. Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
A warm and inviting beer all around. The color is rich, the aroma is sweet and mildly spicy and the palate is complex, but familiar. The flavor is wonderful with a quality (cloves) that hints of baking spice bread or mulled cider. It’s not too sweet, not too spiced, and not at all bitter. It is a welcome beer on a cold winter day. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2002
Very special beer, really. The spice components are fantastic; it could be the most peppery beer I’ve ever had. The fruit is mellow to the max, the coriander (perhaps...same as Jacobite?) is intense, the clove is barely there in comparison. Medium-bodied, very effervescent, striking flavors, long long very dry finish. Outstanding, and thanks Jayme for sending it. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2002
beautiful amber hue, the aroma is fruity and cloves. the crisp maltiness mellows and the cloves seep in as the beer warms. no hoppiness, just malt sweetness, and it stays all the way down. some sediment in the beer i had. a very pleasant beer. fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Dark body, moderate head retention. Very fruity nose that is reminiscent of a tripel. Sweet malt flavor. Very spicy with an excellent finish. A truly excellent beer, my favorite from this brewery. Retasted after 8 years in the cellar: Has gained complexity from its sweet malts, including smokey undertones and vegetable spice. Maintains balance.