DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After exploding foam, pours a murky copper brown color. Hops come through in the aroma, lots of spice, fruits, vanilla. The balance in this beer is almost unmatched, with a great mix of sweetness, bitterness, spice and malt depth. Finish has lots of apricot, some cinnamon, honey as well. A gorgeous beer.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle served in Trappist chalice.
A: Pours a very dark amber to brown color forming a huge beige color head. In fact, the head pops out when the bottle is opened. Kind of: I’m alive and getting out! Very dirty beer, a lot of chunks can be seen around and small grains on the top of the foam. Retention is great and tons of lacings are left in the glass.
S: Absolutely perfect nose: Sweet malts upfront, very fruity, bready and spicy. Notes of dark fruits, vanilla, nuts, black pepper, Belgian yeasts and alcohol in the very end
T: Sweet upfront. Sweet malts, dark fruits, oak, wood, caramel, vanilla, black pepper, cloves, brown bread, Belgian yeasts. Complex. Hops bitterness is quite light and smooth
M: Heavy body. A bit molasses. Medium carbonation. Caramel and bread aftertaste
O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent beer. An authentic Belgian Ale. Masterpiece. Did I forget something? :)
[ BA Review @ 11/9/2012 ]
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
" had to wait, again, for the volcano to stop errupting before i could enjoy/pour the beer, so it got off on the wrong foot. once poured however, the beer looked inviting. aroma was of alcohol, brown sugar, molasses and plums. there was a raisiny sweetness in the taste, in addition to those present in the aroma. lots of dark fruit, and sweet breadiness, but nothing that blows you away. it took quite a bit of vigorous swirling to get the body smooth instead of overly carbonated. maybe my bottle was tainred, or maybe this beer is just a bit overated. who knows?"
jayzz (361) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet caramel malty aroma and amber color with a fruit blend flavor. I can taste cherry and peach mixed with a rich malt flavor.
wxman (1448) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a cloudy opaque amber/brown with a thin light tan head. Sour dried fruit aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, molasses, buttery with dried fruit and a bit of licorice. Very good!
McWorta (606) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Dark brown colour with a light foamy light tan head. Noses of dried fruits, caramel, resin and some nuttyness. The texture is only lightly slick and whilst having a full body it is yet rather easy/soft on the palate. Flavours of caramelised dried fruit develop, treacle sweetness, yet a faint fruity acidity develops. The finish is long lasting and harmonic.
mchaoulideer (9) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Cask republic in new haven, CT on 8-20-14. Very fresh, sharp grassy first taste. Quickly drops away and lacks any finish beyond a slight lingering bitterness. A mixture of bland and somewhat unpleasant..
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stoutnick (563) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Azure brown pour. Aroma is apples, toffee, fruit candies, malt syrup, fairy floss, mild vinous tones, apple wine. Taste is tobacco immediately then quickly giving way to sweetness, apple fruitiness which lingers till a dry mild finish. Lingering apple flavour. Overall, one of the best belgians I’ve had. Delicious and not over the top raisiny.
madchemist83 (53) - USA - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of citrus, hints of pear, raisins, chocolate, molasses and figs. Pours dark brown. Medium to high carbonation. Very smooth with lingering alcohol warmth. Tartness in the finish.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours hazy mahogany with a foamy tan head. Nose is plasticy, with dark fruit and breadiness. Sweet, but the plastic is front and center. Taste is honey, medium toasted malt, raisins, and butterscotch. Warm and boozy on the finish, with more honey sweetness. Medium-bodied and smooth carbonation. A little sweet for my tastes.
jdobbs (394) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strange aroma is tart, fruity (including apricot) and mildly acerbic. Flavor largely follows and is also mildly tart, but with a balance of bitter and sweet as well. A lot going on but not completely integrated or balanced (under balanced, too smooth). Medium body and carbonation.