CampesinoTino (763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold Foil Capped 750 ml 2011 Bottle #755/1800. Mahogany colored in appearance with a substantial cap of tan foam. Lots of caramel, figs, prunes and molasses in the aroma as well as some yeast funk around the edges. The taste is loaded up front with notes of brown sugar, raisins, dates and black cherries in addition to some vanilla, maple and allspice notes toward the end. The body is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation while the finish serves up a final dose of malt, dark fruits and booze. Overall, a quality holiday sipping beer that tastes something like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale crossed with a Barley Wine.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near opaque, big beige head, little retention
Smell smooth coco, red fruit
Taste more coco and red fruit
Sweet without being cloying, mid body
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Vintage // Bottle 1126 of 3240:
Rich brown coloured body with a nice copper tint and a very thin tan head, all on top of a beautiful ruby and violet tint when held up to a light. Aroma of alcohol, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, cognac, whiskey and the strongest bit - figs. Medium-bodied; Relatively thin (for the style) with a big caramelised sugar flavour of pit fruits, toffee and just plain brown sugar. Aftertaste shows a good balance of malt, oak, dryness and the sugars with no bitterness at all, just a hint of alcohol bite, but not like most in this style. Overall, a nice beer that tastes more of a dubbel than a quadruple - but good, not excellent. Missing a bit of the carbonation and deep complexity, but this was nice. I’m glad I drank this after only a single year of aging, i’m thinking that in another year’s time, there will be no flavours at all - just mellowness. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased exactly one year earlier at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington [state] on 10-February-2013 for US$14.99 sampled at home in the real Washington on 10-February-2014.
Note that my bottle says 10% alcohol and is not the same as pictured - a different label and a caged top, not a swing top.
BelgianBeerGal (3198) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Traded 2008 bottle, #283 of 1800. This was a fairly typical quad in aroma dark malt and a hint of spice. The flavor is interesting because I swear it starts out just like Pepsi, just for a split second. Then it mellows into some dark fruit. The finish falls a little flat with some odd bitterness. Fine.
jkwood04 (3978) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours ruby/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, dark fruits, some caramel malts with hints of toffee, and a light bitterness. Flavor a nice blend of everything. Average to smooth texture. A decent American interpretation of this style.
unclemike (2240) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky orange with a creamy off-white head. Mild milky and slight spiced aroma. Flavour is smooth and slight milky. Mild spiced and light hoppy. Mild spiced and yeasty finish. Light liqourice and spiced yet also smooth caramel malty.
Stevesie (324) - - MAY 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 bottle. Dark, primer red without much head. Sweet, malty nose with lots of caramel. Taste is similar; thick and syrupy. Kind of flat. Nothing special.
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with an off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty dark fruit finish.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of frothy brown colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated semi-transparent cola brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was spicy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering spicy aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of old ale sweet and spices. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was really into this. Had a great gravity level with well hidden alcohol, brown sugar, clove, banana and earthy, woody notes on taste. Has a great mouth feel, very viscous and balanced. Loved it.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#3068 / 3240 2012 vintage. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet also. Fruit and maple palate. Boozy aftertaste and finish is brown sugar. Decent sipper but no need to buy again