brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2004
This beer was hard to articulate. Has a Muddy brown body with very little head. smells dusty old, grapes, sour apples, maybe some ripe fruit. Flavor is complex, there is something offish about this one. Wine like. Belgian ales are always tricky for me. I like them but can pose some difficult ratings. Overall, different but interesting. Enniskillen (2054) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
Thin white head, pours cloudy amber/brown color. Aroma is of peaches, yeast, banana, soap. The alcohol is covered up very well. Overall I think this is a pretty good belgian strong ale. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 Now this was a funky brew. Cloudy brown with very little head. Fruity, malty and bubblegum aromas. I got banana, yeast and ripe fruits in the taste. 10.5% masked really nicely but it could have used some maltiness to balance it out. Very strange. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
really good.Nice orange color. Musty aroma, fruit, and hints of alcohol. Pretty good. enjoyable. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Ipso Facto that this one kicks arse. Clear orange color with a nice off white head. Musty aroma of Orange peel, tobacco, dried fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is big and malty. Slight alcohol note in the background. Taste is reminiscent of dried apricot. Absolutely yummy.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Very dark brown color with tons of sediment floating around, and no head. Sweet grape, bread and alcohol aroma. Sweet bready malty flavor with a nice warming alcohol feel. Lightly carbonated with a semi-dry finish. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Dark, murky brown color with no head. The aroma was very alcoholic and slightly sour. The flavor was full of raisins, alcohol, vinegar, saltiness, and some malty sweetness in the aftertaste. The feel was mildly crisp...right amount of carbonation. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
"The thing that is" should be "thing that isn't."
I was really disappointed with this one, but from looking at the other reviews it's rather highly regarded here so maybe I got a bad bottle...
I'm of Dutch decent and a law student so this *really* appealed to me. Very nice looking label.
It poured with *no* head at all, even after I tried being more vigorous. Perhaps because of the pour there was sediment all over so I didn't pour all of the 11.5 ounces into the glass leaving me with about a half of a glass of beer.
Smells nice, raisiny malt scents. Tastes...okay. Nothing special but then again I was already upset with the beer which may have tarnished my opinion a bit. Yeah, malty raisins with a touch of hops.
Mouthfeel took a dive with hardly any carbonation. It was nice and thick, though. Drinkability was decent.
Bottom line: Decent beer but nothing special at all. I think I'm going to have to revisit this one again soon to see if my opinion changes; I hope it does.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Pours black, much darker than expected. Nose is dark and raisiny, rich and earthy. Flavor is strong, molasses, plums, and maple syrup. Alcohol is overly noticeable, not well-masked at all. maupie (1098) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2003
This beer has a occer body - hue with a wine initial flavor and a heavy body.