jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2003
Orange and light raisin aroma. Orange color, off-white head, fair lace. Very sweet, strong orange flavor, raisin, sirupy. Long lasting sweet and light hopbitter finish with a strong alcohol burn. jerohen (2380) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 Orange-brown coloured, thick lacing. Hoppy, syrupy aroma. Syrupy flavour (quadrupel-like). Obvious alcohol burn. skortila (6025) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2003
Aroma is alcoholic, some malts, honey and spices. Cloudy, amber coloured beer, lasting head. Taste is spicy, bit malty. Citrus perhaps. Palate is bitter and a little alcoholic. Nice brew. caesar (7469) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2003
Label says barley wine indeed, but it also says 11,5 % ABV. The beer itself reminded me of the La Trappe Quadrupel, which i admire. Golden amber color, with a medium creamy lasting head. Aroma is spicy, amber malty, bit bubble gum. Taste of spicy amber malts, alcohol can definitely be noticed, therefore don't drink it as a starter. Palate is belly-warming. Sirupy texture, sharp carbonating. Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2003 This is absolutely the best beer of the Urthel range. One thing is remarkable and that's the overal spice taste and aroma with a hintof raisins. There's no spices in this beer according brewmaster Hildegard. Spice taste coming from hops I suppose. This beer is 11.5 % strong and you really can taste that. The combination of malts, hops and alkohol is in perfect balance. A beer which has to be tasted as carefully as can be. An absolute recommendation.
fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Not a barlewine by my standards. Very much a fine Belgian ale though. Very complex and compelling, but with a bit of a bite that might be expected. omhper (26061) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2002
Sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm.Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2002
Brown-amber colour. Fruity honeyaroma. Very sweet. Clean and malty with syrupy mouthfeel. Quite hoppy, with bitter finish. Does good job of hiding the 12%.
Clear amber coloured beer with a bread aroma. Very malty taste with some spices. Fairly sweet. bierkoning (13894) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 From Van Steenberge: Raisinny aroma with mango and pepper. Sweet, yeasty flavor with raisin and pepper. A bit too alcoholic, but enough bite to make it worthwile. 7 4 6 3 13 = 3.3
From Van Steenberge, best until 2/07, tasted in august 2008: Bottle. Orange brown color, cloudy. Butter and toffee in the aroma. Cream sherry flavor, slightly alcoholic, with butter, toffee and mango. Delicious, aging does this beer well.
From Koningshoeven: Bottle. Dark amber color. Cake dough, flowers and some dried fruit in the aroma. Sweet and alcoholic flavor with dried fruit and some perfumed bitterness. Strong and powerful with a reasonable balance.