cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not yer typical stout by any means, thereís a great Belgian laughing under this heady foam. Dark as night, full of delicately burned notes, De Dolle can pour me a stout their way any day.
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is absolutely beautiful in the glass; black and with a brownish head. It actually resembles an espresso with proper crema..... Burnt aromas mixes with dried fruit and a sour note. Also evident notes of De Dolle house yeast. In the mouth the flavours of dried figs and dates are almost - but not entirely - overwhelmed by charry notes. In the aftertaste the bitterness is very dominating. By the way, this beer is not just full bodied - itís massive!!!!!
Kudos to De Dolle; once again theyíve made a very individual and spectacular beer.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex, sweet aroma, huge off-white head that hangs out for a really long time. Dark brown/Black in color. Sweet malty, chocolaty, coffeeish, toasty, roasty, nutty flavors. Iím not a gigantic stout fan, but this is one of the best Iíve ever had.
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like Guinness on Belgian steroids--foam exploded in my Imperial nonik glass with the first few drop I poured... this one had to settle for 5 minutes or so. Just a beautifully rich every so slightly sweet flavor - chocolate and roasted malts! Pick it up if you find it!
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity, rich and slightly sour stout. Nose of chocolate, prunes, toffee, roast and caramel. The mouthfeel is quite full, slightly thick, and carbonation is medium. Additional smoke, coffee, raisin and licorice in the flavor. Ends rather smooth and slightly bitter, but mostly roasty and slightly warm. Not your traditional stout, really more of a farmhouse Belgian Black Ale.
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from hop duvel in Ghent.
pours dark brown with strong foam head, aroma is dark roasted malt with chocate. very solid beer like you have eaten and drunken at the same time. some touches of bitter hop but well hidden.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
VERY malty. Starts with the Belgian fizz, & finishes with a very clean stout-y taste. Pours very dark, nearly black, with the typical Belgian head, but tan in color. My first Belgian stout, & a very pleasant experience, but I donít think itíd be on my "must have again" list anytime soon.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep ebony with hints of auburn around the thinning edges when up against a light. The enormous head is a medium tan. I have never seen a head like this before. Even poured gently, it creates a ridiculous amount. There are some strong dark fruit notes in the nose with some weird abrasive tinges that reminds me of tequila, and I absolutely hate tequila. Other aromas like some cocoa and toffee are noticeable. But man, that tinge is strong. As soon as the brew hits the tongue, head just explodes again. Itís very carbonated and slightly oily. Sourness is instantly apparent as some espresso notes appear. Sourness seems to not to be as attributed to many fruits. Itís more like a candy sourness, like a warhead. There are notes of darker fruits in here as well. The intense carbonated action on the tongue is a bit distracting, though. As the brew passes the tongue, a sweet toffee complements the explosion of cocoa and roasted coffee notes. The finish is mildly dry. The finish is strong and actually quite good. This is interesting, but there are so many things in this brew thatís just bugging me.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thick, brown-tinged head. The aroma is complex and consists of two-levels: the first that hits me is the deep chocolate and yeast that hits the nose like a wall. The second is the lighter topside, which features the yeasts and light hops... great! Similar to Dogfish Headís stout, but without the DFHís unique yeast character. The flavor is very different from the dogfish head... lots of dry and bitter hops on the front, melting away into burnt caramel, coffee and burnt honey. Very grainy, but still smooth due to the finish. Not too sweet. Aftertaste has lots of dark fruits that leave you dreaming of exotic Lovecroftian lands with strange and beautiful foliage. Really excellent beer... one of the better stouts Iíve ever had.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a great brown head. Flaver has notes of liqourice an malty sweetness. Tasted more like a belgian ale, than a stout.