nimbleprop (4146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a translucent copper brown with some creamy white head. Nose f plum, cherry, candy sugar, tropical fruit, rum, fruit cake. Flavor is malty, candy sugar, cherry, a little grape jelly, tropical fruit, kiwi, light spice, dried apples, raisins. Full, sweet finish.
Snoro (294) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belle couleur dorée. Peu pétillant. Goût faible de conifère avec un peu d’amertume en fin de bouche. Prends du caractère lorsqu’elle est chambrée.
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille de 750ml, robe rousse orangée, arôme florale de carmel et de levure, goût d’épices, excellente bière!
dandeman (435) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It took me 4 bottles through 1 1/2 year to evaluate this one. Two bottles were tremendous and two were very deceiving. So, I’ll do sort of an average between the four of them.
Aroma: A lot of spices; cinnamon, clove, mixed with caramel, sugar cane and candied fruits. Most of the bottles tested had a pretty complex and defined nose except for the last one that was bought a week ago which had aroma disappearing fast and leaving unpleasant meat and earthy notes.
Appearance: One of the bottles tested last spring had no head at all. The other ones had an average creamy, moderately lasting head with also average lacing.Color is dark brown with red glints.
Taste is very caramel, toffee, ’’crème brulée’’ and maple with spices like pepper, nutmeg and clove. In all cases it would benefit the overall taste that the spices stick out more. Sugar notes are very dominant. In most cases body is medium, texture is oily and carbonation lively except for that bottle bought last spring that was absolutely flat. I was told at the time that there had been a bottling problem with that batch. Not recalling the batch was, to my opinion, a poor corporate decision. The conclusion of all this is that’s a very unstable beer. If you’re lucky, you’ll buy a very good bottle. If not; well, tough luck. For myself, I had 2 good ones and 2 bad ones.
dreamflower (467) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Northropfrye woke me up to try this beer - it’s that good. Sweet and malty. Very flavourful. Now I’ll go back to sleep.
northropfrye (1884) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Tommy. Aroma of fruit punch, bubblegum, bread, maybe a touch metallic. Dark black, maybe slightly red body with foamy brown head. Marvelous sweet fruit malty taste, a touch of tartness, bread. A solid Belgian strong ale.
manuchampions (1225) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a ruby tint. Ample thick tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, apple cider with a little spice and yeast. Taste is wonderfully balanced with all the previously stated notes along with a more peppery and spicy palate. Alcohol is very well worked and only slightly warming. Finish has a lingering dark fruit note with a very dry white wine accent there as well. Wonderful.
fob (6) - Trois-Rivières, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bouteille 750ml acheter a la barik. De couleur brun acajou avec une mousse beige et tenace. Des aromes d’épices et de fruit confits. En bouche des gouts de cassonade, muscade et de clou de girofle et une légère présence dacool. Tres bonne bière! A consommé de préférence les soirée froide !
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL Bottle, purchased at Depanneur Rahman - Montreal, QC. Effervescent, foamy, and sheeting with a glassy and crystalline aroma bespeckled with gobs of Special B-like caramel-raisin malt notes and plum pudding spice. Christmas, warm and figgy-pudding. This paired beautifully with chocolate cake. The body warms graciously, spinning off strands of complex malt darkened with flame and lightened with exotic spices, harkening cinnamon, coriander, and cardamon. After having the somewhat underwhelming Double from Charlevoix, this was most appreciate twist of qualities, paralleling the quality of similar dark spiced strong beers straight from the country of origin.
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750mL bottle from Omni. Pours a deep amber/black with a good amount of head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is candied cherries, cinnamon, and things I’d usually associate with a funky beer. Palate is a bit strange with nearly no carbonation but a sticky mouthfeel with medium body and good warming in the aftertaste. Taste is very interesting, nothing like it’s smell, sweet at first, then the spices kick in and then it all gives way to a smooth and very long lasting sweet aftertaste. Very interesting beer.