baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Amber with a slight haze and an inactive head. Roasted marshmallow, spice, and light citrus on the aroma. Semi-sweet, alcoholic flavor with a sour finish. Seems a little thin. Good but weak. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Well, some of my cru (or is that krew or just plain old posse?) didn’t seem to think that this was so Grand. I thought it was fair or better. Sweet and rather pedestrian rather than grand. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Damn cloudy orange with minimal head. alcohol and dirty yeast aroma. taste is sweet malt and alcohol has a slight buttery note. the only taste that comes through on finish is alcohol which almost makes me shiver. this is scary looking, but worth the risk. austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Belgian and very strong. Typical spicy taste with massive alcohol burn. A tad light on the malt. It’s nice to see an american brewer tackling this style, as it’s rarely attempted outside of Belgium. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2003
Thin head and a burning amber color. fruit and burn sugar in the nose with some alcohol. Cloyingly sweet with peppery notes and a little fruit and wood. But for the most part, sugar and alcohol. Prehaps after some ageing...
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Cloudy orange and kind of soupy. I did not pick up too many complex flavors but some came out as it warmed up. The main flavors I got were woodsy and some fruit with a sour finish. Not my favorite. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Nice billowy head. Creamy mouthfeel. Unfiltered and that detracrs from the experience. Orange-gold color. Dark cherries, oranges, and lemons.. semi-dry finish. IndianaRed (4609) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear medium copper with a small off-white head. This dissapears quickly leaving sparse lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma is of malts and caramel. Slight apple/pear fruit hints as well. A little of that belgian spice. Flavor is a sharp bite of alcohol fumes and some apple and malts. The Alchohol is the main player here and overpowers everyone else too much. markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
from a trade with a RB bud, 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip snifter glass
A: I will allow that it was very slightly possibly my glass, but this beer did NOT pour well, very fizzy and 100s of tiny, carbonated bubbles clung to the walls of the snifter. It’s just not a good look for the beer. A 1-finger head from a hard pour didn’t last long at all, either. Fizzy & bubbly are the words I would use to describe.
S: Initial thoughts are that the beer smells like a bowl of overripe cherries, perhaps fermenting in a glass of grain alcohol. LOL! I’ve smelled superbly-crafted Belgian strong dark ales before, and this is not one.
T/M: Okay, while there ARE some initial too-sour flavors (mostly like uber-fermented cherries, as the nose would indicate), the beer tastes better than it smells. Though not by all that much. It’s amazingly boozy, there is no mistaking the 10% that lies within; it’s almost to the point of distraction, very hot. I will also allow that this beer perhaps might settle with aging, but I’m not entirely positive the base is there to build off.
D: Not very drinkable at all, and not just for the obvious high-ABV reasons; I don’t think I could drink a 2nd of these, it’s not particularly enjoyable. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Unbelievably murky orange in color- looked like Sahti.No head. Butter alcohol nose. Strange mouthfeel. Very odd. Very alcoholic. Slightly buttery. One dimensional.