Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool 750ml bottle. Pours a deep coffee brown with a small beige head, light lacing. Nose was sweet with candi sugar, dried figs, vanilla, and molasses. Flavor was much of the same, a little watery on the finish.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade with StFun. Pours black with a huge tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is somewhat musty malts with chocolate, coffee and molasses. Medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Josh.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at the brewpub. Served in a snifter. The beer pours opaque black with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses and citrus. Medium body with flavors of tart fruit, roasted malt, yeast and alcohol. The finish is dark fruit and sweet spices and leaves behind a citrusy aftertaste. Decent overall.
satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma is big mollasses and roasted malt. heavy sweetness with immediate caramelized pit fruits and prune juice. appearance is opaque with fine head that retains, hint of lacing. flavor is intense orange and general spice, surprising given black pour and aroma. orange lingers with vanilla to boot. super carbonated palate. some red wine/tannin notes and lack of java/cocoa in any real amounts. i dont believe ive ever leveled such an accusation at a beer before but this is truly under attenuated, after most of this bomber the sweetness assault is starting to wear on me. still excellent and certainly drinkable but -.1 pts.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black, frothy beige head, lots of lace,
light roasted aroma with a fruity edge,
rich chocolate and roast flavor, light fruity esters,
the rich chocolate and the creamy body is a great combination and makes this beer
Score: 3.7 to 3.3
aroma is roasted with just a bit of the dark chocolate,
rich dark chocolate and roasted flavor with burnt sweet dark fruits,
the increase in sweet fruity character is a plus but the increasted roasted and burnt rubber character takes it away
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iím glad to say I donít know how many times Iíve had this. Havenít tried since they started brewing in Terre Haute, hopefully Sunday. Now for the beer. Black pour, nice raisin tint, no head. Smell is simple, sweet, and a little citrus. Taste is sharp and refreshing. Usually served a little cold. As it warms, it opens up and is barely sweet, barely bitter, light chocovanilla, definite orange lingering. No alcohol taste, but whacks a wollop. Clean, almost thin palate with fine, light fiz. One of my favorites from Brugge, and believe me, two is plenty!
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught at Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition) black with small head. Aroma of roast malt. Flavor is roast malt, but different from a stout or porter. A hint of dark fruits.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a purple tint. Served with no head. Cocoa, raisins, and herbs in the nose, though not much. Big dried dark fruit flavors. Medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml from my man StFun - thanks, Josh!!! Lively dark brown pour, not unlike what youíd expect from a dubbel. Crisp brown head, notes of dark fruits in the nose, slightly tart in a way that suggests the bottle conditioning didnít quite end up as expected. I dig the addition of sweets and spices, though Iíd have liked more of a roasted malt component. Full mouthfeel, pleasant finish thatís slightly tart. Seems from the ratings that the bottles are really inconsistent, but I enjoyed this one.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany brown with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of dry roasty dark malt, some Belgain yeast and an interesting sesame character. Starts with average fullness and some fizzy carbonation with a touch of grainy doughy malty sweetness and some earthy bitterness before a drier, toasty biscuity finish with a touch of milk chocolate. A pretty interesting and true to style dark Belgian ale. Could use a little more body and sweetness though.