mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2003
dark dark brown colour, almost black. Sweet super yeasty aroma, fruity (perhaps some banana? berries?). Strong yeast flavour, malt, etc. Great all around beer. nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2003
Nice dark hazy colour. Small, off-white head. Fruity, malty, aroma with a hint of alcohol is very nice. Very complex taste, not overly sweet, but lots of fruit, berries. The roasted malt really comes out. Great beer. Bottle. djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Very good for a non-Belgian version. Comparable to Stoudts (PA, USA). Not much to add to the 374 ratings that preceed me. Complex flavor, but not in any way objectionable. Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2003
This ale had a dark brown/red color with a medium head and good silky lacing. Aroma of overipe fruit-plums and grapes fermenting, with a faint background woody sourness like lumber. Medium bodied and tingly on the tongue, cotton candy sweet with prune, licorice and clove flavors. The finish was warm and delightfully slow. Complex and full of surprises, great fun! jonas (7549) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2003
Plums, raisins, flowery notes and burned sugar in the aroma.
Hazy Bordeaux color with a stable creamy head.
Indeed a fruity Port flavor, dusty notes in the aftertaste.
Surprisingly light body , dry but a bit fizzy mouthfeel - this makes the beer seem lighter than it really is...
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Pours a dark plum color with a small fully diminishing head. The color is very appealing. Changes to red and copper when held up to a light. Aroma of earthy malts, floral hops, traces of alcohol and grains as well (hay?). I am liking this beer more and more with each sip. Rich malts with chocolate and grape notes, with a trace of hops in the finish. Hint of coriander as well. Overly carbonated. Carbonation is the dominant feature. skortila (5798) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2004 Aroma of chocolate malts (sweet and roasted), fruity and raisins. Superb! Cloudy brown coloured with an offwhite, lasting head. The taste of this beer is superb again; chocolate malts, sweet roasted, fruity and honey. Very well balanced. Lingering and very smooth palate, perhaps a little bit alcoholic (the only small minus of this brew). Overall a great beer. jerohen (2277) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Rerate june 2004. Now I had this one for the second time, I'm less enthousiastic as the first time (4.8). Still great but lacking complexness. Balance remains.
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Pretty dark appearance, hazy, off-white head. Pretty complex: chocolate malty aroma and flavour, some sugar, alcohol, roasted malts, dried fruit and raisins. Lingering alcoholic finish. In the style of Chimay Bleu. Very nice brew, can only get better with aging. Re-rate: Bottled, 10 years old. Still some lacing after all these years. Very aged nose, port-like, raisins, malts. Initiailly sweet, but later on bittersweet flavor, aged but still balanced. Relatively thin mouthfeel. Lasting bittersweet finish. Just a little bit past its peak at 10 years i think, but i can’t deny that aging has an interesting effect on this beer. Next time let’s try a 5 year old one... caesar (7098) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Hazy brown color, off-white medium creamy head. Aroma is chocolat, malty, slight alcohol sharpness, fruity also, raisin. Taste of roasted malts, chocolat, raisin. Slight alcohol burn, long lingering palate. Expectations were high, but this beer could match up with them! maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Pours a completely opaque, fizzy brown. The nose is fascinating- muscato (peachy Italian desert wine), banana, brown sugar, vanilla, watermelon schnapps, maybe strawberry? The flavors are no less complex with bitter cocoa, anise, orange liqueur, nectarine, plum, sweet ripe apple, mango, and loads of exotic floral spice (cardamon, mace, etc.) Dry on the palate (but sticky on the lips) succulent fruity finish, spice, alcohol, and earthy bitterness. Mind-boggling!