IslandHaole (1286) - Misawa, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2003
Brown with orange highlights. Big foamy tan head, fades rather quickly. Typical Belgian strong aroma, Malty with fruit and alcohol in the nose. Rather thin, not as sweet as expected. Alcohol warms all the way down but doesn't bite too harshly. Not a bad beer but one I'm not sure I will look for again. dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Dark brown, with a rich cream head. Low bitteness lends to malt predominated beer. Some nice rich malty notes up front but has a thin middle. Notes of raisins. Alcohol is almost undetectable for such a big beer. Another nice big belgian brown ale. Similar in some ways to Gouden Draak. diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2003
Botled. I have no Ciney-glass, so I served it in a Palm-glass and it even looked like a Palm, or at least a Double-Palm. Caramel and little malt aroma.v Sticky, sweet flavour. Long palate. jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2003
Caramel, little iron aroma. Brown color, light brown head, large foam bubbles, fair lace. Sweet, few flavors, little caramel, where's the 9% alcohol? Long lasting finish with just some caramel. Bit boring but drinkable. SteC (140) - Oostende, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2002
I consider this one a average Belgian abbey Beer............................
caesar (7170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Dark brown color, with creamy lasting head. Malty, bready aroma. Sweet malts, bready, chocolat, small alcohol presence. Thick palate. joet (2655) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Light bodied, malty, I can feel the alcohol more than I can taste it -- a little burn and pepper, lightly flavored and I'm reaching to find suggestions of graham cracker, citrus and oxidized hop aromas. I thought this sucked and then it started to bloom at what must have been about 56F. More aromatic and flavor detail. Tasty and worth revisiting. jerohen (2342) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Roasty-malty flavor. A bit heavier than the Brune. Re-rate: Bottled (9%), BB 2003 (bottled 2001?), approximately 11 years old. Still some carbonation, small head, very dark brown colored. Aroma of port, molasses, malts, seems a little bit overaged. Initially bittersweet port flavor, but later on in finish an explosion of complexity, raisins, figs, malts, molasses, barley, wow. Perhaps aged a few years too long (especially for the aroma), but at around 8 years this stuff must be absolutely magnificent. Ernest (7786) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy
dark orange-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is
moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, citrus -
lemon), lightly yeasty (mold), with notes of alcohol, bubble gum, and
peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to
medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic,
moderately astringent. Poorly hidden alcohol, light/watery, and
otherwise unimpressive. bierkoning (13592) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Raisinny aroma. Sweet flavor. Roasted malt, raisin, pear.
Re-rate: up a few points. It is a very nice beer, although not very complex. Found some chocolate and tropical as the beer warmens.