daleharshman (950) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle corked and caged from Holiday Wine Cellar (Escondido, CA). Batch #15 -- from my research, it appears that this is around 2.5 years old. Pours a deep orange-amber. One finger of white frothy head with amazing staying power. Really, I’m still waiting for it to dissipate and it’s just not happening. Fragrant aroma of flowers, jasmine, tropical fruit, and banana. Flavor is really complex and difficult to describe but there is a nice mellow fruitiness and a hint of spice Nicely hopped with a bit of lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall, there is an excellent balance between the sweet and the bitter. Near the bottom of the glass now, and still the foamy head is holding up! A very good beer -- I think the aging did it well.
BongoJay (6) - Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: not excessively aromatic, belgian yeast nose with carnal note.
Appearance: deep red to brown, has a full bodies appearance
Flavor: prominent carmal flavor, bread notes
Palate: full bodied, thick, rich, porter like.
Overall Imprssions: Prominent carmal flavor! Smooth, rich and tasty.
JohnnyJ (4673) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange/brown color, off-white head. Sweet malt, yeast, fruit, spice, caramel, and bread. Decent beer, but nothing amazing.
zach8270 (3690) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Cloudy orange color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with a good amount of yeast, candy, licorice, and a light hint of clove. Flavor is sweet and spicy at the beginning with a smooth and creamy body. The yeast is very apparent in the middle and mixes with the spices. Finishes dry and spicy with a mild bitterness. Alcohol is very warming.
SDalkoholic (2199) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bevmo: Poured a gloomy and semi hazed orange hue color with a perfect topping of head. Nose is all yeast in respect to a true Belgian fashion. The flavor is creamy and sweet with a rich base of quality malts while there is a spicy blend of Belgian yeast that dominates over all else. This is a prime example of how a grand cru should be.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy gold with lots of sediment. Perfect white head but no lacing. Aroma is faint - cereal malt, bread and yeast. Taste is the same plus an unexpected smokiness that adds a nice twist. Decently hopped too. This is very smooth and drinkable. Exceptionally well-balanced. Could drink this all day.
BigBeer45 (1292) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Large bottle, Batch 19, gave a generous pop when opened, this ale has a hazy amber-light brown and peach skin (orange-red-dark yellow?) pour with a white and some slightly off-white fluffy head of bubbles that was easily two to three fingers high, there is medium or a bit more effervescence in the glass, the effervescence appeared to increase as the ale sat in the glass, left some lacing on the glass, aromas of spicy yeast, a mixture of light and dark fruits (apples-raisins), fruity esters, bread, some floral notes and sweetness on the nose, flavor of light and dark fruits (raisins), toasted malt, caramel and bread in the background with gentle spices, bruised apples (a good thing), a touch of alcohol warmth (I thought this was a little surprising for a 7.2% drink), a touch of sugar, brown sugar and fruit sweetness, some citrus on the palate to, finishes with some bitterness and lingering malt flavor on the tongue, and there is some pepper at the finish while esters and spices linger after the finish, mouth feel is medium or maybe a touch less along with a being smooth and creamy on the palate, very nice Belgian Strong Ale.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 20Hazy golden brown body beneath an off white foamy head. Aroma of slight skunk, yeast, raisins, bread and banana esters. There was some off flavors, metal, yeast, dark fruits. Decently syrupy mouthfeel and nice retention.
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Lighter in color than expected... orangish golden color. Aromas of dried fruit, bread, and spices. Nice flavors of similar origin with an extra touch of yeast, and a slight sweet finish. Enjoyable belgian.
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 20. Pours with a large, fluffy, tan head over a clear copper body. Aroma is grassy, with coriander, Belgian Candi Sugar, alcohol and bread. Taste is candi sugar, grass, bread, and slightly metallic. Lively carbonation, dry mouthfeel.