jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Lots of floaties. Nose and taste of brown and candi sugar, fig, dark fruit, raisin and sweet nutty malt. Medium body.
erickok (3693) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown body and beige head. Sweet malts, cake, sticky figs, some weak coffee. Taste isn’t as concentrated, probably quite some sugar used here because the alcohol is there without much body. Bit too Prickly carbonation, even within the style. It’s a tat bit disappointing. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
ben4321 (4015) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Draft at Morrison’s, 10/15/14, Palindromic Rating #4004!
Aroma: This ale has a very sweet aroma, there is heavy toffee, with some caramel, and dark fruit
Appearance: It pours a reddish brown color with a tan head and some drippy, coating lace
Flavor: Tastes heavy sweet, similar to the nose component-wise, with no bitterness to speak of
Palate: This is a rather full bodied offering, it feels fairly sticky, and finishes with some mild heat
I love me some palindromic rating numbers! Anyway, this is a solid, strong, sweet brew. The alcohol hides well under the heavy sweetness, which is impressive at 10-12% (was listed at 12% on the chalk board at the bar, and is listed as 10% on here). Big, stick, and sweet.
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 poured in a chalice.
A: Aggressive carbonation when opened. The foam practically jumped off the bottle... However, after pouring it, the beige head was medium with small retention and no lacings are left. As a traditional Des Rocs, the body is dense and dirty full of yeasts floating around
S: Traditional Belgian dark ale. Very fruity and yeasty. Notes of plums. Bready too. Shake it a bit and the perfume jumps out to the nose. Caramel malts and some hops. Bit liquorous. Pure pleasure
T: Taste follows the nose. Quite fruity. Plums and raisins are there. Complex and spicy. Sweet upfront. Light bitter end. Strong taste of Belgian yeasts and a peculiar ash aftertaste
M: Expectable creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. A bit molasses
D: High. Lovely Beer
[ BA Review @ 11/13/2010 ]
paul_the_frog (35) - FRANCE - OCT 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark belgian beer with too much caramel. thought I was drinking Coke. Not bad but won’t buy again
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"i don’t really get the fuss. i was excited to find 3 top hundred beers i’ve yet to try, but i hope the other two are better. maybe this was better at the source - but i doubt most of the beerpals had one that hadn’t been disturbed in transit. best before 2011, erupted yet again on the pour, plenty of floaties. mish-mash aroma and flavor of the usual suspects...dark fruit like plum fig and prune, but with a slightly unpleasant note. mouthfeel nice with some warming alcohol. taste is ok, but nothing to suggest a 99th% beer. i’ve had belgians i’ve liked plenty, but i guess i think there are too many at the top, and unless i got a bad one, this is one of em."
Benzai (8530) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Clear dark orange to reddish color, medium sized quickly diminishing beige head. Aroma is malts, overripe fruits, a bit sweet. Taste malts, sweetish, overripe fruits, molasses, slightly herbs or spices and perhaps a touch of yeast. Quite nicely balanced actually. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice.
EddyBeer1 (902) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brun acajou, effervescence moyenne et soyeuse, col beige fin. Après une entrée toute en malts, c’est la fête au palais: fruits noirs assez présents, un peu de réglisse, un peu de moka, un peu de miel, un rien d’épices, une bonne petite amertume, un peu de chaleur d’alcool. Que du plaisir!
Alengrin (2066) - BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 The label says ’Brasserie des Rocs Triple Impériale’, apparently made for export to North America. Creamy, light beige, dense head, very dark mahogany colour with ruby hue and tiny yeast particles floating everywhere. Rich, sweet ’Belgian chocolate’ aroma of dates, chocolate liqueur, port wine, brown sugar, cloves, gingerbread, liquorice, cranberries, candied cherries, honey and pine needles. Soft and rich, mellow taste of dark candied fruits, port-like, with a mineral-like carbonation, full and nutty malt base, oily and thick, creamy mouthfeel, ending in a flowery hoppy finish with warming alcohol. Now this is the kind of rich, opulent, profound beers that stand equivalent to our famous chocolates. I love this - though I still have something against the use of ’dark’ and ’triple’ in combination with each other, let’s just agree that these so-called ’dark triples’ should always be classified as quadrupels.
JDBaker11058 (1309) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: bottle frothed out when opened; the pour was muddy brown, clouded with vast colonies of chunky floaties; head was creamy light tan, slightly rocky and studded with dark brown spots--in short, it looked a mess. Aroma: strong nose of raisin, clove, cinnamon, sticky toffee, caramel, figs, dark fruits, candi sugar, cinnamon. Taste: very sweet, with caramel, toffee, crème brulee, cherries in heavy syrup, candi sugar, raisins, prunes, fig, light bourbon, clove, and cinnamon spice. Finish: lingering sweet flavors like an oatmeal raisin cookie, with yeasty notes growing more prominent. Notes: Bottle was best before 2-22-2014, so about 7 months past. Possibly explains the gusher and appearance, although at 10% you’d think it would keep a little better. In spite of the frankly gross appearance, this had a great aroma and wonderful, deep flavors. Alcohol was remarkably well-hidden. Just awfully hard to get past the dying pond-like appearance.
c0fein (220) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Saveur Biere. BBE 20/03/2016.
Brown nectar with a creamy head. Sweet aroma and taste, spices. Feels mellow. Nice mouth-feel and ABV is hidden. Pleasant.