alassio (73) - USA - NOV 2, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I remember having mixed feelings about this one last year, but this year’s version, despite a nice bit of caramel and prune/raisin, basically tastes like steel and soap. With a bit of salt. Fizzy, unsatisfying mouthfeel - - particularly disappointing for something purportedly in a Belgian style. At least the 9.5% ABV is subtle. Otherwise, a clinically austere beer.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"another newbie from pfoxyjohn...and another memorable one. a nice bready spicy sweet aroma greeted me upon the pour. nice looking cloudy dark amber. lots of dark fruit, plum, alchohol, a hint of spice and brown sugar in the flavor. nice n complex...n warming. body is almost sticky, but the carbonation cuts right through it. a nice, well done grand cru from WI."
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a half finger tan head. The nose is ripe dark fruits, candied malts and a slight ABV. Taste is caramel, spice, dark fruits, raisins. Sweet but surprisingly not cloying. Medium bodied. 3.3
AWISLguy (1420) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours reddish orange with no head. Swirling creates some spots, which fade quickly. Aroma has spices, fruits and nuts. Heavy malty, but mainly nutmeg and other spices. Taste is of sweet fruits, spices (ginger and nutmeg) and malts. Somewhat Christmas-y in style. Medium bodied and sticky. With some alcohol. Finishes long and sweety tangy from spices. Interesting.
TXBadger (1512) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had two of these, and wow, fantastic. Spice and nutty on the nose, with the palate being the same. A nice toasty sweet finish lingers around a while. The higher ABV is well hidden and makes this dangerous!
crossovert (7886) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty solid american take, they are often too spicy or too fruity but this one is nicely balanced.
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a nice clear dark caramel color. Aroma is weak Belgian spices. Tate is sweet, Belgian spices and yeast. Pretty unimpressive.
BVery (6964) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear amber orange pour with a nice sticky white head. Aroma is caramel and dark plum. Nice slick slightly syrupy palate. Taste is decent - dark fruit and yeast, fairly sweet and slightly boozy. Solid beer, but no where near a Rochefort or St. Bernardus quad.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/18/13 trade from Jamil. Fruity caramel scent. Bronze pour. Medium sticky feel. Fruity pebbles and caramel flavor with a little alcohol burn and a custard sweet finish.
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RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It tastes like Chimay...if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. I was hoping it would be a little bit more complex than a malt forward, booze bomb. I have come to trust these guys, and I think this one probably hit their mark, but it’ snot what I wanted.
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with minimal off white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet with notes of banana and clove. The taste is moderate to heavy sweet with boozy notes near the finish. Oily with medium carbonation and body. Well rounded beer.