fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pours with a 2 finger, creamy tan head. Huge roast and dark fruit nose up front, some leather, earth, spice, bittersweet chocolate, dense rye bread, licorice and burnt sugar. Flavor is much more licorice forward than the aroma, it’s pretty strong in a very good way, some chocolate, buttered roast nuts, dark fruit, roast, husky grain and burnt sugar in there as well but the licorice really steals the show for me. Palate is a little too thin and a bit too sharp in carbonation for me, but it doesn’t really hurt the experience too much. Pretty good stuff overall.
boxofrane (2049) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Union Jacks. Pours black with a big brown head that has decent retention. The aroma is a bit boozy, some coffee, stove chocolate. The taste has some coffee, cacao, not as boozy as the aroma. High carbonation and a bit dark fruit . Not bad.
miquelcrush (1172) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
andregoncalves (1305) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Color is dark. Head is medium to large and brown. Body is medium and quite carbonated. Taste is high bitter and low sweet. Aroma is heavily roasted, looks like a coffee, quite dry and light cocoa and chocolate.
a_cross (593) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, large tan head; aroma of roast malt; taste is sweet, roast malt backed by a nice fruitiness; spicy; enjoyable.
gam (3163) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big tan head very gassy dark pour aroma fruit roast coffee citrus chocolate cocoa the flavours roast coffee bitter is medium cocoa caramel chocolate fruit taste rich strong yeast note light sour note well balanced stout the finish nice yeast and fruit notes good roast malt lasting bitter good stout
ansalon (1259) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a low creamy mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, dark red fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, honey, dark red fruit, caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation.
RussianDragon (291) - - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Quite possibly a 2010 vintage. Pours a dark brown with beige head that was nearly "gusher" level that faded to a thin wisp. Aroma is sweet malts with yeasty bread notes. Flavor is dark fruits, leading with prunes, plums, and slight coffee bitterness. Finish is slightly dry and bitter, with lingering black cherries. A certain Belgian yeast complexity is prominent throughout. A favorite for many years.
tom10101 (2614) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330 ml). Black with a huge frothy brown head and some lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, roasted malt, liquorice, chocolate and grapes/winey notes. Taste is also quite Belgian with yeast, liquorice, roasted malt, chocolate, grapes/winey notes and light bitterness. Medium body. Moderate/medium carbonation. Slightly mouthfeel. Long lasting fruity (mostly grapes) finish with a touch of alcohol. Good complexity as it’s almost always the case with De Dolle. Quite tasty. Balance isn’t bad either. Interesting for sure.
tmrmwel (854) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bottled jun09*<jun10. Pours black with a big dense creamy mocha head. Aroma Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa and oak barrels, as well as vanilla, coffee and muscovado. Medium body with soft carbonation. Massive flavour with tart burned malts and dark fruit, as well as tobacco, liquorice, oak and burned burned wood. Lingering burned and malty finish, with dark fruits.
chucklemation (409) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a jet black with a very foamy off-white head. Aroma is oak and malts. I also get a very strong oak flavor, as though this was aged in bourbon barrels for a while. There are some roasted malts, chocolate, and a decent amount of bitterness. While I do like this, it also comes off as a bit much in terms of the combination of oak and bitterness. There’s a touch of sweetness that goes too far, in a way, but another part that makes it a very nice sipper as it warms up.