johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark berry/ruby color with tan head and lots of yeast sediment. Smells a little maltier that the Grand Cru or Brune. The flavor is bland upfront, then it hits you with a strong caramel malty flavor with dark fruits and brown sugar. I like this much better that the Brune/Grand Cru. It also has a very good body and carbonation with slight bitter finish. Yum!
DSG (6261) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Opens with the brewery’s signature gusher. Hazy amber with lots of floaties. Aroma of malt, caramel, biscuits, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with caramel, oxidation and dark fruits. Medium-bodied. A bit oxidized, nothing exciting.
mjs (4742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l - BB 17/04/2016, courtesy of VastActiv, 20141122) The beer poured brown and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had dark fruits, sweetness and malts. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, caramel, yeast, grass, malts and bitterness. Afteraste was sweet and bitter. A tasty and clean strong Belgian ale.
VastActiv (3035) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l at home, Helsinki. Colour is reddish brown with very small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, raisins, spices, some sweetness, Belgian yeast and malts.
Ernesto987 (3874) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This bad boy sat on the shelf. Its all it did. I’m sure that it sat on the shelf in Belgium, sat on a shelf at the importer, then sat on a shelf at a store for years i’m sure. Then sat at my shelf for over a year. It was actually pretty tasty. Very nice big belgian yeast flavors, and malts. Not cloying or boozy at all. A Shocker. Nicely done.
oliodnb (373) - ITALY - NOV 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Pours hazy dark reddish amber with a ton of yeast flakes floating. Quickly disappearing off white head. Aroma is sweet and roasted malts, molasses, plums, raisins cherries, light buttery note. Taste is similar, good malty base with some burnt sugar and fruity notes again. Medium body, medium carbonation. Excellent
Steasy66 (963) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redish brown, 1 finger tan head. Aromas of yeast, red fruit, sweet malt. Quite malt forward with estery red fruit. Dangerously drinkable at 10%, refreshing.
maekchu (2247) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sugaya. Yeasty nose, with sweet fruit, brown sugar, and a bit of licorice. Dark brown color with amber edges, thin filmy head, and some goos lacing. Fruity initial, deep and rich, sweet dried fruits -- raisins, light prunes, snd berries, and some alc. warmth. Medium body, but quite light on the tongue. The alcohol is masked pretty well, but it is definitely warming. Complex, sweet, and rich.
HugoNeto (23) - BRAZIL - OCT 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Brasserie is always surprising me. Another excelente beer from them. 10% very well balanced.
erickok (3753) - 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 (4066) - 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.