Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with an average to large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex hop floral aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex solid beer.
drjay44 (2339) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml. bottle. Bottled 2/13/12. Pours a thick, lasting, varied bubble beige head, with extensive lacing, over a slightly cloudy dark reddish brown (SRM 20) body....nose is heavy fruity malts, with plum, date, raisin, brown sugar, treacle, hints of spice.....taste is heavy sweet fruits with plum, raisin, date, leading to a harsh bitter, peach pit, spice finish......mouth feel thick, sticky, astringent, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low after the initial exuberance. This falls well into the Abt/Quad piece of the Belgian Dark Strong Ale style. The bitter finish is too harsh and lingers over much. This is probably from a badly handled bottle as neither of the hops used should do this. The net effect is that the flavors are off making for a disappointment in this particular bottle. BJCP 8/3/12/5/7
thornecb (3973) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep ruby-tinged mahogany into a snifter. Tan head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Caramel and pit fruit aromas. Dark caramel and chocolate upfront turning to dry pit fruit in the lasting hot pith finish.
TheJvd (532) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a light brown head that seems to last forever. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is also dark fruits and chocolate that lingers for quite a while.
McDear (29) - Napoli, ITALY - JAN 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Una birra praticamente perfetta ! Schiuma presente e poco persistente, aroma profondo, amaro, con discreti richiami di caramello e cioccolata.
Profumo di caramello delicato ma persistente. Livello alcolico alto ma mai fastidioso. Nel complesso una birra decisamente complessa e piacevolmente invitante che reputo tra le migliori assaggiate fin d’ora.
Assolutamente da provare e ... riprovare.
patricks110 (1486) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite an odd beer with an unusual aroma. The pour is a purely opaque black with a thin roaring beige head that settles slowly. The nose has odd fruity notes, noble hops, floral and a very mild roast. A deceiving nose to say the least. The flavour has a mild smokey roasted malt that intensifies quickly and an enboldened noble hop flavor. Suprisingly different from the aroma with a prominent chocolate malt and a bitter dry finish. Does a really great job of hiding >10.2% ABV and an odd brew overall.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
MIld aroma of dirt and cola. Clear maroonish brown and thick tan head, attractive lacing. Full body and sweet. Maraschino cherries and figs with an unusually bitter orange peel overtone. that lingers on the palate. The two competing flavors do not blend well together and offer no sense of balance. Weird, uunpleasant beer.
zenkis (397) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ...clear black :) with brown creamy top, good stamina. Aroma is intense fruitiness (seems that from hops also) mixed with roasted malt, coffee and sweet maltiness ( I really start to like Saaz hopping). Taste is sweet with good bitter both from chocolate malt and hops. Alco is well hidden so no negative aspects of that in flavor. Well, mild spiced on tongue. Good bitter, light dry finish.
This one reminds me of porter, but with more sweetness and noble hops in aroma. Weird to be Belgian strong ale, but overall - very enjoyable.
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Kulminator (Antwerp, Belgium)
Dark brown, with a lasting head. Took a while to pour. Sweet fruit on the nose...like apricots, raisins, dates. Taste is fruity, sweet, caramel, butterscotch. Medium body. A slightly dry and sour finish. I have yet to be disappointed by De Molen.
ShivanDragon (988) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mooi zwart, met normale bruine kraag.
aroma: kandij suiker, chocolade, caramout, gebrande mouten.
smaak: moutig, peperig, gist, kruidnagel, koffie, chocolade, donker fruit, karamel. ondanks de redelijke moutigheid een zeer fijne smaak
indruk: de smaken zijn zeer goed op elkaar afgestemd, het moutige karakter vlakt af in een heerlijke zachte moutige/kruidige afdronk die tevens droog en iets lichtbitter is.