kramer (5213) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a clear ruby brown body under a one finger frothy beige head that faded to a thin layer. The nose is heavily fruity with lots of plum and raisin, moderate alcohol, caramel, Belgian yeast, and some chocolate notes. The flavor is rich and fruity with a fairly well kept in check sweetness. Thereís not quite the depth and layers of flavor thatís found in the Belgian classics, but itís pretty decent. I like the fruitiness on the back end and the lack of alcohol heat. Medium bodied and just lightly clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty decent beer.
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
best beer from 21st to date. a "dark belgian w/NW hops, candi sugar, cinammon, vanilla, & eight malts". this beer was quite tasty & unique. mahogony brown color, and a nice and sweet complex malty aroma. not a ton of yeast. the aroma was nice, but the flavor just exploded in the mouth. more, and better, than i was expecting. the candi sugar and vanilla are showcased, but the whole package is a nice mix."
e303 (142) - - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to pint glass. Great ruby pour with a decent off white head and nice lacing. Awesome aroma of vanilla and cinnamon and Belgian yeast plus a bit of the oak chips its aged on. The flavor is a very well balanced Belgian with lots of the vanilla and sugars coming throughout the sip. It finishes nice and smooth. Great stuff.
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Mep3222 (639) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Belgian yeast aroma, banana, nutty with slight yeasty. Roasted malty, some cocoa like flavors. Pretty nice beer. Mostly balanced. Not too sweet of a finish for a Belgian, actually maybe a bit on the bitter side for a Belgian. Pretty balanced and a nice beer overall.
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shoulderbroken (2377) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Nice, brown beefy dubbel type thing, candi sugar sweetness, bit of bitterness, caramel light spice. Very nice.
Ericular (716) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can, 6 months after canning. Pours a nice mahogany with head fading to a film leaving minor lacing. Aroma is cherry, vanilla, fig, oak, brown sugar. Sweet and interesting. Taste is raisin, toffee, dark fruit, more sweetness balanced by cherry tart at the end. You expect it to be cloying at some point but it never gets there. A more holiday feel as it warms. I donít get much Belgian from this, but thatís OK by me. This was surprisingly tasty.
Homer321 (2361) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from the can from a box aroma. A rich malty nose with a chewy aroma. Moderate pepper notes that continue to come through in the flavor. Slightly medicinal, but I think that is just me growing tired of Belgian style beers. Overall pretty drinkable but would like more esters and less phenols.
SG111 (299) - New York, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canned. Pours a hazelnut brown color with a light head. Aroma is cherries, vanilla, some woodiness to it. Flavor is similar. Cherries, some vanilla, a distinct spiciness at the end of it. It is not cinnamon but it could be that or some other spice. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
teromous (114) - - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Dark black body with a very light khaki head that starts fluffy and fades to a few fluffy islands and a ring. Lots of large and small bubbles all over the glass.
Aroma: I pick up the scent of oak, some pepper, and some earthy mossy woodsy scent.
Taste: The taste is an interesting take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Right up front I get a woody flavor along with a very light pine and some spicy peppery flavor to it. The can says "Belgian-style ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs." I donít notice these flavors with the exception of the oak chips and possibly the cinnamon (the spicy flavor).
Overall: It is a really good tasting beer but it doesnít have the standard Belgian style flavors (dates, plums, raisins, figs, banana, clove, etc). It is a lot more woody and spicy than I would normally expect, but it works very well for this beer. The key here is that it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I would pick it up again. I would add (again) that a person should be cautious about buying it based on the text on the can stating the ingredients used. It isnít a sweet tasting beer (to me) but all things are subject to the palate of the individual.
Salmoniform (1135) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from can to glass. Deep amber red hue with thick creamy tan head that held. Aroma is malt, raisins, figs, cola, oak, leather, banana, clove. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a faint astringent bitterness in the following and a slight dry spiciness in the finish. Overall this is a nice play on the Trappist style brew. Iím not getting much cinnamon on the nose however it is there in the back of my throat in the finish. A good play on figs.