scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Turbid rusty brown, thick tan creamy head. Deep rich complex nose of dates, port, brown sugar, berry, and raisin, with soft chocolaty undertones. The flavor bursts forward with caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar, and robust vinous notes throughout. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. What else is new.....just another great Belgian beer found in my own backyard. Loved it!
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn, this stuff is good! Yes, stubby, I agree, this is dark for a triple, but I don’t mind, since it’s great. Had it for New Year’s Eve, after polishing off Trader Joe’s 2005 special brew (9% abv, brewed by Unibroue of Canada) and Unibroue’s 10% abv 2005 ale, and Abbaye des Roc T.I. blew those respectable brews away with intensively good quality.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of yeast rolls. Huge, explosive head. Pale, murky brown w/ too much yeast. Sweet with notes of bread and fruit. Odd.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and thick for a triple. Am I misinterpreting the style? RB has it as a Belgian strong. Very good stuff, with a wonderful dried fruit aroma. Raisins and Belgian yeast on the flavors. Great New Year’s Eve bottle.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bursts forth out of the bottle and all over the table. Nice aroma and color, but too much sour taste.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is great. Not quite as good as the Brune, but very nice indeed. Aroma is spicy, sweet, and yeasty. Flavor is fruity, choco. Pours out a nice dark amber color with a huge head.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (330ml). Huge foaming right out of the bottle - after cleaning up a bit, Poured slightly hazy ruby-brown with a huge off-white foaming head, quite a flock of large floaties too. Aroma of spicy roast caramel malt, sour wine, lots of fruits and a huge amount of sourdough yeast - really appealing, quite big. Taste follows the aroma, tons of sour fruit, slightly chocolately candyish malt, sour spice and of course lots of almost mossy yeast. Mouthfeel lively, thick and complex. Really nice treat, despite the mess!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Big robust flavors of chocolate, dark dried fruits, currants, toffee with a big but well hidden ABV. Very drinkable and not at all intimidating.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe I’ve had too much barleywine tonight because this has that meaty, beef broth barleywine smell to it. Ruddy red-brown with a thick tan head. Molasses, cocoa, rum raisin bread and sweet dark fruits. Carbonation is a little soft and has me wonderinif some escaped as this seems to be a tad stale and soft. There is some musty wood and sugary cookie flavors as well.
PorterPounder (7063) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 750 ml bottle. Dark chestnut pour with an ever present thick khaki colored head that leaves a thick coat of sticky lacing. Very sweet enticing aroma of molasses, brandy, chocolate syrup and maple syrup. Flavor has most of the same flavors, with the alcohol making a brief appearance, but not making an obnoxious fool of itself. Pick up dates, figs, brown bread as well. Very warming and a good companion on a cold night. Mouthfeel is thisk and creamy and brandy-like.