dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep hazy brown with a thick tan head and good retention. Aroma is boozy with a thick maltiness and a funky spice note. Seems to have a lot of wine on the nose (barrel)
Flavor is wine like with a smooth malt character. Raisins and bubbles with more of the red wine tartness. Not overpowering, but definitely there.
markoijelena (446) - SERBIA - OCT 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark brown color with small white head.Taste amd aroma of roasted malt, coffee, spices.Carbonated and good complexed.
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle purchased at Julios Liquors in March 2014. Aroma is burnt caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits.
Flavor is a nice complex array of burnt sugars, toffee, pumpernickel bread, spice and Belgian yeast with some earthiness. Trances of anise. Carbonation is low and creamy. Body is more then medium. Nice night cap or after dinner brew.
onceblind (4287) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep amber with a sultry aroma of boozy honey and toasted blonde grains. Big rich flavor of honey and toasted English muffin and a winter seasonal toffee earthy maltiness. Rich and boozy and malty. Warming and confronting and balanced but semisweet.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle served in the Duvel’s tulip.
A: Pours very dark amber to brown color forming a huge fizzy and bubbled beige head. Completely cloudy. Good retention and some chunks of lacings left in the glass. A thin layer that remains forever on the top
S: Strong notes dark fruits in the nose. Mainly raisins. Reminds a port wine a bit. Also strong notes of wood, candy sugar, caramel malts, roasted malts and bready yeasts
T: Sweet caramel upfront. Strong notes of raisins, candy sugar, caramel malts, Belgian bready yeasts. Strong Belgian character. Strong and warming. Some alcohol can be felt is the very end. Complex beer. Good bitter-sweet balance. In overall, a sweet beer with a mild bitter end
M: Heavy and creamy body. Molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Fruity bittersweet aftertaste
O: Great drinkability despite the 9.5%. Excellent beer. Just another de Dolle masterpiece
[ BA Review @ 1/28/2010 ]
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Julie thinks it is okay. It is suppose to be a strong belgium but it is a little sour. She does not mind it. She burps. She wonders if it is off. She gives a 2.8
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cattaneopapa (189) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from Bar Volo. Toronto, ON. 9.0% alc. / vol. Aroma of cherries. Cherries, prunes, booze.
Mild carbonation. Taste matches the aroma
dalfaro86 (292) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber brew with a huge reddish head with good retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate to low sour with dark fruits and spices, medium to robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate sigue with a sour finish and a medium aftertaste, ver y good
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"9% but the same label. dark fruit and yeastiness abound. the aroma is definitely more lactic than the flavor, but there is a slight presence in the flavor as well. not as spicy as some belgians, which is nice for a change of pace. this one was good, not great (like the special reserve)."
Bill Becker (356) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A bit active when I popped the cap, the pour was very slow but still very foamy. Deep brownish red in colour.
It smells very yeasty and dark fruity. A semi aweetness here that crosses over to a light tartness.
Plums, raisins, black cherry tartness, yeasty. My, this is complex but there’s a symphony going on.
Medium bodied and co2’d, some heat from the alcohol but not to an extreme.
It finishes decidedly on the dry side. Very very good.
chinchill (1957) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Thirsty Monk (AVL).
Deep red-amber body with a small head.
Interesting and appealing aroma; hints of brandy, wine and vague ripe fruits. Mild and subtle alcohol esters for 12% ABV.
Flavor. Fruity; slightly tartness with a touch of sweetness and bitterness. Moderately strong and mildly funky flavor seems to reflect red wine barrel aging.