laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle @ home, bottled 11.11.2013
Aroma is unusual but nice with sweet fruity tones and licorice. Also ripe apricot tones, grass and herbal tones. Flavour is sweet with peppery spices, herbal tones, licorice and ripe fruits. Palate is a bit too foamy. Pleasant spicy Belgian strong, although perhaps a bit too sweet; finishing whole bottle would be a slow process.
Gluepot (120) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am not always the biggest fan of Belgian Ales, but this is an imperial that is as good as advertised in central Canada. A nice frothy head on dark red-brown hue body. The nose offers spices and Belgian yeast. The taste is a lovely balance of cinnamon-led spice, berries, crisp apples. soft caramel sweetness and in-balance Belgian yeast. Glad I finally tried this one!
terrybail (702) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from the lcbo
Huge frothy head maybe i should learn how to pour better
Lots of raisin and plum tasteand aroma very good
aumax1 (287) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bouteille de 750ml de brune avec reflets rubis. arome de fruits cerise et de liqueur bourbon tres enivrante. au gout au dénote une présence de sucre tres importante. on trouve un petit gout de fruit et une petit acidité
a_sully (259) - - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice finish and smooth taste, hints of fruit make this a perfect sipping beer for an afternoon of leisure
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
fiulijn (16424) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Viti, Vancouver; bottled 2013-07-10
Beautiful mahogany color with red hue, creamy beige head. Deep aroma of caramel, with delicate fruity Belgian esters, ripe apple, and a late impression of chocolate; later a tiny whiff of ammonia yeast appears. The mouthfeel is still quite lean, and smooth, the sweetness is rather minimal; it has a good malt and caramel flavor, with some candi sugar, and those delicate Belgian fruity esters; the bitterness is really on the low side, maybe too much, hence the final is a bit too short. Spices? Not really.
A true Belgian Strong, a good pleasure for winter days.
There is some seriously good yeast job here.
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.75l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. A deep dark ruby red colored one, a little blurry perhaps and it has a nice medium sized lacing beige top. Super interesting aroma with lots and lots of different spices. I get cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and herbs. Almost like a Christmas beer? Also there is a strange sourness in the aroma. Apples is mentioned. I agree. Really gliding on the mouthfeel and it has a soft carbonation level. Tastes quite unique and interesting also. Lots of sweetness here! Much of the spices in the aroma is also found in the taste. The most interesting is perhaps cumin. Can’t remember having that in a beer before. Can I? Is it added pumpkin also? Super easy drinkable and it has nuances of chocolate, wood juices and nuts. A really interesting and good tasting spiced up beer. 23.10.2013
ineedbeer (1164) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle courtesy of tom10101.
Aroma is fairly spicy with anise, coriander, clove and light pepper. Medium malt character with dark, toasted bread, caramel and toffee. Medium fig, prune and raisin notes.
Pours a dark brown with some hazelnut hues and a medium sized, fairly thick, tan head with slightly above average retention. Medium light lacing with medium legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness with a moderately strong malt character. Lots of caramel and toffee, light toasted bread and faint chocolate notes. Medium fruit notes of cherry, raisin, fig and prune with some light plum notes. Much lighter spice notes with some clove, coriander and faint anise. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and surprisingly low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty enjoyable beer with a really nice malt character. The spice is a bit strong in the aroma but well balanced in the flavor. Nice ester quality. The most surprising thing to me about the beer is how well hidden the alcohol is.
Reimer96 (1491) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours a clear dark brownish copper with a huge frothy brown head that lasts a while and leaves lots of lace. Aroma of plums, raisins, dark dried fruits, cherry fruity esthers, spicy Belgian yeast phenols, nutmeg, ginger and a light bit of alcohol. Taste is plums, raisins, cherries, brown sugar, toffee, nutmeg, ginger, alcohol, light cinnamon. Basically an assault on your taste buds of spicy Belgian yeast, Belgian phenols and spices, alcohol all while being in perfect balance with a high carbonation. Excellent Belgian dark strong.
andrewturba (1179) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly clear dark brown with a reddish tinge, a large beige head that slowly settles and leaves tons of lace. Aroma is spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark sugars, and dark dried fruits. Flavour is spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, mild bitterness, dark candied sugars/syrups, mild alcohol and dark dried fruits.