alassio (86) - 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.
islay (2195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 8-6-16. Floral aroma features scents of caramel, cotton candy, and Red Delicious apple. Not my favorite set of scents. Lovely copper appearance. Mostly clear but slightly hazy. Small amount of beige head. Boring taste. Low in flavor. Tastes like the pale, American imitation of a Belgian strong ale that it is. Medium body. Very little to the palate. Overall, not a good beer. Displeasing aroma. Boring flavor. A big disappointment.
Cousin_Larry (873) - - MAY 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lots of caramel aroma and flavor. Not sure this is really a quad - no plum or alcohol burn. Maybe though.
tmoreau (3632) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a clear, copper color, with a modest layer of off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was malty, caramel sweetness, subtle spice, esters as dried fruit, and vegetal/herbal/garden hints that weren’t altogether offensive, but somewhat inappropriate, imo. The taste continued the malt sweetness, with fair carbonation, in a medium body, with low bitterness, and complementary alcohol warmth. After a slightly questionable start, a fairly decent, Belgian Dark Strong Ale.
JonnyMadison (87) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy, amber, almost ruby in color -- quite beautiful! Very little head, dissipated quickly. Delicious flavor. Fruity, but still with caramel smoothness -- enough bite to keep you going back for more, but never bitter. Wonderful finish! Delightful winter addition to Ale Asylum’s great line up!
slowrunner77 (9956) - 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 (2244) - 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 (2487) - 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 (2496) - 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 (11204) - 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 (2039) - 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.