Handypaul (346) - - APR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Novari Res. Pours black with a lasting creamy beige head but leaves only a bit of lacing, Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in that order. Medium to thick body, average carbonation, medium to heavy sweet, light bitterness in taste, oily texture and a dry bitter and sweet finish. Excellent.
Melnis (346) - LATVIA - OCT 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is more like Saison, the taste seems to be bit on the plane side and bit dry.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black, tall bubbly dark tan head. Aroma is sweet, but overall indistinct and rather faint. The flavor is completely overpowered by the ridiculous carbonation. Perhaps this is an infected bottle, but after reading a few pages of reviews, it looks like more than a few others have had the same experience. Out of sheer frustration with the immediate foam-action that occurs when I try to sip this beer, I take a spoon and stir. This creates a massive overflowing head, and wastes about half of the beer. Oh well, at least the remaining half is drinkable. Now that I can actually taste the beer without bubbles attacking my palate, I can detect some nice coffee and dark fruit notes, also a sour note reminiscent of a flemish. God, I don’t know what to make of this. I think another bottle is in order.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holiday Wine, Escondido 8/06. Dark pour with brown head. Belgian yeasty aroma upfront with some chocolate in the background. Sweet with some quadruple characteristics. Wish I had a hercule stout at the same time to compare them side by side.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 black in color and quite dense looking. fluffy espresso head is quite lovely. aroma is wonderfully rich with molasses, coffee, plums, and touches of oak and vanilla. also a little sweet with some hops lingering in the back. wow. a mild sweetness is the short introduction to tons of deep roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. a little licorice is present as well. a distinct yeast taste is involved playing along the sweet malts and the spicy hops that guide you to a long and dry finish. top notch.
Sureshpa (341) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Yeast, chocolate, candy, bit of booze, woody, syrup Appearance: Dark brow, red glow, bug bubble beige disappearing head, medium lace Taste: Mild dry, dark chocolate, light sour, wood, hint of candy, chocalate, mild dry finish
pforei (338) - USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with incredibly big and thick, small bubble tan head. Chocoalte coffee and salty licorice/olive. Fair amount of yeast. Full bodied.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sharp alcohol aroma with caramel in the background. Very interesting mix of stout flavors and Belgian quirkiness. I might give this a higher score in the future if I get to have it again.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big gusher, even before I got the bottle cap off. Dark pour. opaque. Huge brown foamy head that filled almost the whole tulip glass. Carbonation huge! I waited almost 10 minutes for the head to go down, it looked like an Island formed in the middle of the glass. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee with light fruity notes. Flavor of oranges and coffee. Very interesting. As it warmed the alcohol was noticeable as well as more coffee and slight chocolate notes came forth. Full bodied with a sandy mouthfeel.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Poured a opaque, very dark, reddish brown with a massive, massive head... took about 5 minutes to get the full pour. Head was beige/brown - even after the initial head finally went down, a thick 1/2 inch layer stayed until the end. Aroma: chocolate, raisins, sweet, burnt caramel, faint roasted malts and some sour notes. Taste: Roasted malts, mild sweetness, chocolate with a note of sour milk. Aftertaste was roasted malts, a note of sour milk and a sharp (but short) bitterness. Very good body and depth. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Mild carbonation. Overall: Very good. De Dolle always finds a extra "something" to make their beers unique…. I’m glad they do!