PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Mildly cloudy with a sweet and caramel nose. Hints of brown sugar. Tastes very full and rich, almost candied like rock sugar. Lingering notes of licorice. diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2004
Clear amber body. Off-white fizzy head, virtually not lacing and mostly lasting. Sweet hoppy aroma. Moderately bitter, moderately acidic initial flavour. Lightly bitter, lightly acidic (long) finish. Lively mouthfeel. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Off orange color with decent ivory head. Big sweet aromas of bubble gum, honey, coriander and orange. The maple syrup sweetness hid the 9%. I liked it so much, I shared bottle #2. JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Wow! Orange-brown colour, slightly cloudy with a nice off-white head. Huge smell of ginger, raisin, bubble gum, and a fair amount of alcohol. I also get some sort of tree resin, cedar or juniper, but I can’t quite tell which. More subtle notes include nutmeg and other warm spices. Taste is quite bready and yeasty, fairly sweet with huge candi sugar taste followed by rich maltiness and a very long raisin and apricot finish. Very rich tasting and quite warming. Simply awesome! I drank the end ten minutes ago and I can still taste it. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Nice and orange color. Big yeasty malty flavor. Coriander notes. Citrusy Spicey aroma. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Nice orange color with an off white head. Christmas spice aroma of cinimon, nutmeg, and pine. Big malty flavor with the initial spice followed by a big candi sugar malt flavor that lingers on the palate. Nice beer. BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
I'm enjoying this one right now. My father recently brought back a bottle from Belgium. Quite possibly the best artisinal beers for the price. This one however is not as impressive as the reserve. Aging is a must for this one. A great pour but short. Deep amber in color it's floral aroma and champagne like mouth feel was good. Not enough malt but a good warm finish with a lingering aftertaste. Try one. ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Finishes with a refreshing taste. Piny and sweet with a extremeley flavorful palate. Cherry red amber with a chambagne "lively" taste. Aroma is sweet but also one of esters. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 Quite possibly my favorite Belgian, and maybe even my favorite overall. Starts off with a semi murky, amber pour with pillowy head. Great spice and fruit aroma. Sweet at the first sip, followed by a fresh fruit (pear maybe?) flavor, cloves and other spices, bread, bananas, bubblegum and super smooth finish. I wish it was easier to come by, I could drink it every week. JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2004
1996 Vintage - A friend of mine opened a bottle he had since 1996. The years of cellaring mellowed this beer a bit. Sweetness and citrus flavor were evident but not overbearing. Plenty of flavor, happy it wasn't drown out by an overwhelming sweetness. It may be best to cellar this beer a bit to let it mellow.