madmitch76 (21715) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
8th July 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Crispy palate. Mildly sour - like a very watered down Duchesse Du Bourgogne. Coca cola and suppressed red berry fruits. All very mild indeed! Minerally crisp finish. Surprisingly thin and watery for it’s abv but fine.
Tmoney99 (13330) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at BV. Poured a cloudy dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted balanced, dark fruit and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectation where exceeded.
Dogbrick (11311) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. This beer pours a cloudy dark reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, black licorice and yeast. Medium to full body with a dark malty character and notes of anise, yeast and chocolate. The finish is malty with a lingering black licorice aftertaste. Above average overall.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Shark’s Club in Howell. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a smaller sized head. Dark fruits, anise, licorice, and fruity.
daknole (10847) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour, light brown head. Aroma is sweet and reminds me of a spice cake mixed with fruitcake. I get lots of prunes and raisins. Flavor is sweet up front, loads of raisins, a light tart note creeps in and finishes with a very light bitterness. This is a very neat beer. Enjoyable.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a clear deep brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has a lot of dark grains and anise with a strong backing green raisin note. Flavor has a good amount of dark grains, candied sugars and anise with a strong green raisin backing.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared with tomthompson, darker pour, licorice nose, anise and a weird foreshadow of upcoming tartness. Roasty, licorice, slight tart acidic weirdness. Still pretty good and interesting
Pailhead (6384) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of raisins, black licorice, and faint chocolate. It pours a dark brown with orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with raisin and light black licorice. There is some faint chocolate in the background. The finish has some tart fruit and some faint roast. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation.
rumproasts (4862) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
can. brown with one finger head. sweet with a pretty wide variety of flavors. unfortunately, one of the flavors is black licorice, which ruins what otherwise might be a pretty good beer.
superspak (4563) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours very dark hazy reddish brown color with a good 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of molasses, anise, caramel, raisin, plum, grape, roasted malt, nuttiness, candi sugar, biscuit, pepper, and yeast spices. Some pretty nice aromas. A little much on the anise, but has some good balance and complexity. Taste of molasses, plum, raisin, roasted malt, grape, anise, chocolate, candi sugar, biscuit, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, grape, caramel, candi sugar, anise, roasted malt, chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. The anise definitely is more toned down in the taste, and gives a slight tartness to the brew; which is quite nice. Nice balance and complexity with flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale! Nice flavor balance, with a good amount of roasted chocolate character. Really enjoyed this one.