Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Dark brown in color, Complex and full of great flavors. Awesome Brew!!!..... Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Smells Belgian. A little like Unibroue Maudite. Has bubble gum like flavors and of course raisins. The rasins give it a grainy/dry aftertaste. Coats the mout like crazy. Copper color with a little lace. Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2003
This is an interesting beer. Very different for me. Hard to explain, though it provides an interesting sensation on the palate. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
1/26/03: bottle. light orange- brown colored body. head quickly diminishes but there are plenty of carbonation bubbles to go around. some lacing. hints of yeast in the nose. to the taste: about equal amounts of yeast and malt with hints of raisins. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Copper colored body with a thin, tan head. No lacing.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Smells like a yeasty Belgian beer. Some sweetness is also apparent in the nose.
Tastes yeasty and sweet/ Some maltiness but little hoppiness.
Smooth to drink.
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 A good example of how complexity does not always equate to goodness (yes I know I'm going against the grain here). A very odd crimson brown color. Looks like a dark rum in the glass--there is little head. The nose is primarily of Belgian yeast mixed with cherries, plums and molasses. At first sip, this seems like an interesting experience; initially there is a cutting sweetness, interspersed with orts of fruit flavor, but the blend is not holistic enough and it shows as the palate unravels. This is a confusing muck of ill-matched flavors. The sheer uniqueness may have been enough to sell me on this being an above-average beer, but as the sip dissipates, one is faced with a palate-drying MSG aftertaste, and I am not one who characterizes the taste of glutamate as "delicious." cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2003
I shouldn't have tried this beer while having a cold, a lot of the complexity is being lost on me. That being said, I don't like the aftertaste, it seems a bit artificial. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen though. Crystal clear gold-red, slightest bit of foamy fringe reminding us that it is indeed, a beer. Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a dark reddish color and formed a small bubbly white head that didn't hold and left little lace. Some carbonation present. An aroma of caramel and other candy frangrances. Flavor of caramel and raisins with a slight hint of the alcohol present. A good beer, but not a traditional style belgian. Typical Dogfish experimenting.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Deep copper color, fine lace on glass, but the head colapses rather quickly. Intensly malty aroma with fruity(white/green raisin) and alcohol with a touch of black pepper. Flavor is also initially malty but well balanced and finishes a little on the sweet side, but not cloying. A very slight clove flavor shows up in the aftertaste; Alcohol is warming, body is medium full and has a drying, but not astringent mouthfeel. document (36) - USA - JAN 24, 2003
The first sip is the most interesting and the best. Had it on tap, and I liked it well enough. The raisins are rather noticeable, and it's obvious that a belgian yeast was used. As complex as a fine red wine? Maybe not, but fairly pleasant beer.