DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown body, with a thin, yet frothy caramel head. Decent head retention (could be better...) and some lacing. No carbonation can be seen.
Dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins) dominate the nose. The aroma is also fairly roasty, with caramel notes and just a hint of woodiness and vanilla. Some hops can be distinguished. The beer does not smell yeasty like some Belgian or Canadian examples of the style.
The taste profile opens with a mild tartness, which is rather unusual, yet pleasant. A strong dark fruit flavour starts coming out more and more, lingering for a while. Moderately sweet and fairly roasty. The finish is a little bitter, fairly bready, and with hints of dark fruit.
Medium-bodied and quite smooth. The carbonation is on the low side. Fairly spicy. Not boozy, although the alcohol taste starts coming through after the beer warms up a little.
Drinks pretty smoothly. For a Belgian-style dark ale, this is very drinkable.
Overall, this is an interesting twist on the Belgian style; it is similar enough, yet with its own character. One of the tastiest canned beers I’ve tasted to date!
jb (2483) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My kind of brew. Mostly clear, a touch of haze, dark brownish red, beautiful. Head is there, tan. Minor lacing and retention. Dark fruit, cherries, plums in the nose along with a bit of cola. Mouth feel is medium, not super sticky or lush, but the body is there. Finishes sticky. Taste is a touch tart, then sweet, and is a bit subdued. Nice all around.
solidfunk (5192) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nicely done. A hint of smoke, with some florals and light prune. Pours dark cloudy brown with decent initial head and lacing. Bittersweet finish. Very nice, and a great package all around. Well balanced, and good justice to style. A hint of barley and oak in finish. Can from Total Wine.
ordybill (604) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a tulip glass.
Aroma- A nice blend of yeast, pepper and vanilla
Appearance- A dark brown color with a medium sized tan head.
Taste- Has a really good wood and fruit blended flavor with a hint of vanilla, really good.
Palate-A medium bodied beer with light carbonation. Has a dry finish.
Overall- A really flavorful and satisfying Belgian Strong Dark Ale, highly recommended.
GIJOE (924) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head that stays a while. Nose is that dank aroma of Belgian brew with notes of prunes and dates. Taste is on the sweet side, but there’s a nice hop bite that follows the sweetness. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Tasty brew.
glennmastrange (2424) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, light cooked orange for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with notes of date and fig. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with some slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, syrupy, with a fizzy carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish. A nice smelling Belgian Strong Ale with rich flavors, but it’s just a bit cloying in the finish.
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep red, with a beige ring.
Berry, dark fruit, yeast aroma.
Cherry, dark bread, dark fruit, vanilla,...
A nice little cinnamon sting during the finish.
popkow (300) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blood from a steel can. Nice amber sunset brown body with medium tan head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol. Flavor of bread, malts, cherry and perfect amount of carbonation. Nice crisp finish.
BierMeHoos (328) - Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz can. Pours a dark, murky, medium brown. Aroma is pumpernickel, dark fruits, roast, and molasses. Taste is similar but more robust with cherry, cloves & more cocoa. Palate is medium bodied. Decent beer but don't love the style.
BrewBoxer (2442) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Pours a dark rich Belgian quad color. Light head fades. Taste is sweet and boozy with hints of cinnamon and vanilla
BeerBunker (907) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Aroma is of wood, dark fruit, sugar, and caramel. Taste is not what I was expecting at all. It’s very woody, with lots of dark fruit, alcohol, and malt. Very sweet, with a very dry finish. Very boozy. Way more sugary than I expected.