dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had no idea this was classified as a Belgian Strong ale when i drank it. Poured a reddish brown, cloudy, tan head, aroma of potent winter spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg as well as clove, flavors were spicy, much like those in a spiced winter beer, with a decent malt backbone, as it warmed it did change slightly with a more prevalent yeasty and fruity flavor being noticed. Odd, yet quite intriguing
gripweed57 (1273) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Opague dark brown color. small creamy beige head. Burnt sugar and roasted malt aroma. Some spiciness evident. Tangy roasted malt flavor. Dark fruits, molasses and cinnamon appear. Tastes like an Abbey dubbel with spices. Nice warming alcohol finish.
Holdwine (1146) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ale looked good and started fine, but it went down hill rapidly. Too spicy, weak and wattery. Maybe I got a bad keg. Still a decent drink, but not what I have come to expect from this brewer.
dogfish120love (1089) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brow basically black with a tan white lacing. The flavor is heavily spiced with some chocolate, coffee and yeast funk in the finish
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice Belgian. Had a slight spice flavor in the start. The alcohol was hidden pretty well.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Brewery says that stylistically this is "close" to an abbey double, but not quite. Big rocky head that lasts all the way down. Big, bold and complex fruit and mouth. Great creamy palate and balanced sweetness. Amazing replication of trappist ale. Captures every element I look for. Surprisingly inexpensive, as well. A Baltimore beer that would hold its own in Brussels.
Bricks (905) - Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of skunk and malt. Good visually. A subpar Belgian that tasted past it’s prime.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer for the Restofus? A fine christmas beer that was hearty and spicy. Clove and ginger evident. A delightful beer from a great bar.
wilnatp (658) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown amber pour. Burnt sugar, roast, spices with ginger on the finish. Very hearty.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Abbaye. Remarkably similar to Anchor’s 2004 Xmas ale - just without the smoke. Heavy cola presence. Hints of clove and licorice.