jerohen (2296) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
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 (7133) - 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! Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Bottle pours similar in appearance to a fizzy prune juice with a rapidly dissipating brownish head. The aroma is of fruit and malt syrup. The flavor is quite mellow resembling a Port, but more subdued. As things warm up a bit, I also identify a sweet milk chocolate. The 9% ABV is not noticeable through the flavor - only though the sensations experienced by the observer. The palate is rich, but the carbonation cleans the palate nicely. Yes, this is pretty good. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Darker than i expected, but i apparently did not read the commercial description; nice fruity sweetness in the nose, equalled in taste. A tad fizzy. Very drinkable.
adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Some coffee in the nose, but other than that, some bready hoppiness. Very fizzy palate. Not as complex as I was expecting - it seems a pretty straightforward beer. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2003
Burnt caramel aroma with plum and berries.Opaque and cloudy darkest brown with large tan head that diminished slowly with marginal lacing. Flavours are a celebration in the mouth sugar sweet malty caramel, orange, spice, berries and a lasting sensation of liquid chocolate with just a little tartness catching the edges of the tongue to contrast. Mouthfeel is velvet-smooth and quite thick and rich. This is a perfect dessert drink or something to be savoured as an evening drink. I've been saving this bottle and just popped it open to celebrate the completion of my first all-grain brew session. It was the perfect choices and I can feel my spirits awakening. Bottle. bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2004 very faint aroma; very dark brown color with a thick tan head; flavor much like an abbey tripel (rerated 2/28/2004: aroma much more distinct - sweet malt predominates; the flavor could be rated 9 except for being slightly too sweet with just a little too much alcohol coming through) jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Tart fruity aroma. Slightly thin palate. Sweet dark fruit taste with a mild tart/spicy background. Very drinkable. Sweet raw sugar aftertaste. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Floral aroma full of berries, scotch and wood. Initially harsh, then medium bodied with some light fruit and wood flavors, then finally a sweet bite of sugar mixed with spices and plum. Quite nice.