fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany brown with a 1 finger, creamy beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is interesting for a BSA, lots of vanilla and chocolate, nutty note, buttery oak, toast and hints of dark fruit and booziness. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, some caramel, woody malt, vanilla, white and milk chocolate, alcohol, hints of bananas foster, sauteed pears, floral hops, and mild dark fruit esters. Medium off dry slightly boozy body with a light carbonation. This is a very nice beer, it is really interesting in that it is a beer with high alcohol content and it is a Belgian Strong Ale, but while it is unmistakably both of those things it doesn’t beat you senseless with either in any way. The alcohol, while noticeable, blends very well with other sensory aspects in the Aroma, Taste and Palate, and while the Belgian yeast leaves behind enough esters and phenolics to make it’s presence unmistakable, both chemical groups are mild enough to not overpower the surprisingly delicate balance of this masterfully brewed beer.
Andrus86 (429) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOTTLE. Amber pour with no real head yet laces the glass well.. Oaky tones, toffee, malt & warmth on the nose.. Smooth malt body, sweet toffee malt, some cork aroma??, spices & dried fruit are faint.. Sourced Cape Cellars
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally getting to try this one, aromas of booze soaked raisins and plums, sweet caramel malts abound. Flavor is much the same, the alcohol isn’t as noticeable as you would think, the flavors meld together nicely.
ZacM612 (573) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, hazy, with a little cream-colored head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices. Spicy with a bit of tartness. Smooth creamy feel. Pretty nice.
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice brew, opened for a littlebit of a special occasion. The whole company did enjoy this one.
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber orange with a white head. Rich Belgian yeasty base, peach and marmalade-like fruity notes, some caramel, and light baking spice. Sweet and yeasty finish. Good stuff.
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog bottle shared from 2014. Sweet nose with caramelized fruit, apricot, prune and cooked apples. Cacao on the palate with some spice. Sweet, but drier towards the finish. Light body for the abv. Soft mouthfeel. Tasty.
cgarvieuk (21848) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at cropredy 2016 day 3....thanks to Fin Dark brown.. Thin tan.. Soft sweet toffee fruit.. Bready fruits .. Soft juicyy fruit.. Soft toffee fruit.. Rich bready
Fin (9671) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent, Belgie we had this at Fairports Annual Reunion Festival, Cropredy Saturday 13th August 2016 Pours copper with an off-white head. This is soft in the mouth, very easy drinking. A tiny bit metallic on the nose but with some spice and sweaty leather. Chocolate a bit of leather and tobacco and some caramel a bit bready and with spice again, smooth and pleasant but I wouldn’t get too excited, it’s nice. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4
jflopsu (1246) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear redish-brown. A strong deal fruit malt aroma. A strong prune, raisin, dark fruit malt and caramel taste. A lingering sweet dark fruit malt aftertaste, but not too sour or strong.
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, and a little booze.