Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Light alcoholic warmth from the aroma. Very spicy smelling. Some cinnamon or allspice qualities to it. Moderate mouth feel. Light sour twinge in the upfront flavor with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, port, everything! Color is cloudy brown with a lightly tan head.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, another masterpiece by De Dolle. Nutmeg and sour apples in the nose. Very lively carbonation that fills up the body. Pours thicker than most imperial stouts and looks beautifully like impenetrable shoe polish in the glass. Tastes very fruity, very rotten-citrus spicy. Absolutely fantastic.
Chalsk (1051) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Really enjoyed this beer. Malty and sour. More fruity then the Arabier. Love the sour and carbonation mix. Hard to tell if I am tasting a hint of chocolate or caramel. De Dolle makes great beers.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(.33cl bottle) Pours a chocolate color with thick tan head. The carbonation is huge. I did pour the sediment rather than leaving the sediment in a separate glass. Incredible aroma of yeast and bread. Nice caramel flavor with chocolate tones and ripe bananas. Slight sourness at the end. Very complex beer that leaves you licking your lips. This is a great beer!
Bov (9320) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
cloudy amber colour, fine lace, complex aroma: cherry, apple, slightly smoked; sweet flavor, great complex aftertaste (with a hint of cherry) - a monument !
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2001
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of my favourites!
Wet and strong!
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 powerful. chocolate coated raisins, coffee, stacks of yeast, dried apricots. very smooth, rich, yet dry and complex in finish. a bit of gingerbread too. trailmix in a bottle. oh yeah rer8: well thatís nearly 4 years since i last had this beer. and itís still good. this bottle had notches for "houdbaar tot 10/2001" on the label, but "10% 2005" on the cap so have no idea how old that makes it, but itís old. has spent 25 months under the house and itís goin good. the usual amazing gigantic fluffy head that settles into a layer of almost widgetlike cream. beer is a clear magenta. aroma is lots of aromatic melanoidiny malt, toffee, some flowery/herbal noble hops of some variety, and a bit of medicine and phenol action. flavour wise a very complex blend of malt richness AND tart, dry hoppiness - not so much bitterness from the hops as just a herbal dryness. this is all supported by a slight sourness like in slightly underripe fruit. or dried apricots. a delicate chocolatey undertone sticks around with some warming alcohol. yummy. i have had some absolute motherfuckers of de dolle beers and some absolute stinkers. this one is one of the former.
TAR (2444) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 Served on draft in the proper three inch stemmed tulip. World class aroma boasts passion fruit, juicy fruit gum, cherry, wood, mustiness, and spice. Beautiful chocolate flavors intertwine with sweet chewy cherry malt. Soft on the palate. Surprisingly only a touch of acidity. Most delicate, yet complex. Like a Flanders red with chocolatey whispers. A new favorite!
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice bouquet. Malts, brown or candy sugar, plums. Light spicy hops. Cloudy copper-brown with big foamy off-white lacing head. Heavy watery body with med-light carb. Great taste. Sweet throughout, especially to start. Brown sugar, alcohol, candied fig & vanilla. Finish is bitter & just right. Fruity vaporous & light bitter after but not cloying. This is a very good beer.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Tight, white head, tops a brown body. Nose is a tad astringent, with dark fruit overtones. A touch sweet, with date and raisin flavors and a hint of chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, coating but not cloying. The slight sweetness stays with you through the finish. overall an excellent experience!