b3shine (5138) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a translucent dark mahogany with light beige lacing. Smells of dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A solid example of the style.
hockeybeerguy (1480) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a live review.
The date stamped on the bottom of the can says "canned on 03/03/14."
Tonight, I poured this into a chalice, but there has been various times Iíve had this before and had poured it into a snifter and a tulip.
The appearance is a nice dark brown close to black color with some nice purple tinges along the sides of the glass. There is a decent half finger white to off white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute. Once the head dies, the lacing clings fondly and coats the sides of the chalice superbly as thereís barely any glass seen around the coating of the lacing for a half fingerís worth high. I say - what a nice show!
The smell had some dark chocolate, some milk chocolate with a nice light cinnamon and vanilla and ends up all combining and leads into a decent oakiness running about and up into my nose.
The taste had a nice sweet, somewhat spicy and yet still somewhat oaky sweetness entering into my taste buds. There is no aftertaste but it still has a somewhat dry sweet finish running about it.
On the palate, it sat about a medium in body with not much of a sessionable quality about it. The carbonation shows a decent amount of harshness.
Overall, in my opinion, I say this was a pretty good Belgian Strong Ale that I would have again.
Weezel (163) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome aromas of dark cherries like the deep red real maraschinos, prunes, and some brown sugar. The taste is great, tons of flavor with vanilla, cherries, dried dark fruits, Belgian yeast and cola. I donít pick up any of the oak chips, but it may have softened up the beer a little which is very nice. Really good interpretation of the style, easy drinking and deep flavor.
commonshawn (314) - - MAY 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap in Schooner glass. Dark brown mahogany, small head. Raisin and chocolate aroma . Very complex. Dark Belgian yeast sour and sweet balance. Sugar, fig ,and finished with chocolate. Lots of flavor but quite drinkable. Surprisingly good. Didnít expect much from this brewery, but liked this a lot.
Panzuriel (1282) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This interesting beer pours a deep reddish brown with a firm head of off white bubbles. The nose is an interesting blend of typical Belgian style hops and spices like cinnamon and a hint of clove. The body is lively. The taste is slightly sweet with floral hops first over a body of medium malt finishing with the spices and a decent alcohol kick. A very different beer.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of vanilla, fig, grape, and oak dominate. Orange, spice, and the slightest touch of booze as accents.
Thereís all kinds of things going on in the taste: grape, caramel, raisin, earthy hop, spice, rum, vanilla, yeast, citrus, and cinnamon. It was one of those I was too busy saying "damn thatís good" to concentrate too deeply on the order of things going on. Iím already planning on going back and buying more.
sfontain (790) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can. Pours a translucent garnet brown, with frothy tan head. Aroma Belgian dark fruit, solid malt backbone. Taste follows with a hint of spiciness and a boozy burn. Really solid, like pretty much everything 21st Amendment does.
78samh (114) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz can pours very dark brown. Sweet malty and a little fruity aromas. Taste is superb! Malt, raisins, oak, brown bread, and some hints of spice makes this my favorite American-Belgian beer. WOW! and it came from a can.
deekyn (1117) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- pours an opaque rusty, reddish brown with an off white head that dissipates quickly. No retention or lacing. S- hints of sour lager hit the nose first, followed by dark fruits such as dates and prunes and then mild berries. Some sourdough, and caramel maltiness. Light astringent. M- medium oily body with a medium chewy palate with a decent burn. Good carbonation. T- berries and dark fruits come first. Middle shows malts, continued dark fruits, some hops, lager yeast, wet wood and light dirt. Ending is efficient and has some cherry throat lozenge, soda water, soft grass and minerals.
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruddy brown, tan head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon and fruit. Rich flavor; blend of fruits and spices. Chewy mouthfeel overall. Ending is boozy but a bit thin. Tastes good but a little underwhelming?