GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark mahogany brown with a huge fluffy beige head that sticks around for ages and leaves tons of sticky lacing.
Aroma is very sweet with lots of candi sugar, chocolate and overripe dark fruits - sugar-coated raisins. Some oak and vanilla mixed in.
The taste has an initial kick that I wasn’t expecting and is tough to place. Definitely some booze, chocolate and dark fruit. There is also a hint of tartness or something, can’t pin it down. Boozy sweet finish.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, maybe too much for me, which lends to a lighter feel than I was expecting.
This is an interesting beer with a taste that had a lot going on. Sweet and boozy with some dark fruit and other things thrown in. Tasty though I couldn’t drink more than one.
alexsdad06 (7244) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with mahogany highlights. Quite a bit of carbonation creates a large fluffy khaki head. The aroma has a ripe fruity quality, spicy hops, hints of chocolate with a light medicinal quality. The flavor opens sweet and fruity with raisins and dates standing out, some spicy hops, cocoa with a slight medicinal note. The finish has a touch of bitterness that adds another layer. Pretty decent, but I wish the medicinal notes weren’t there.
drpimento (2534) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lordy, what a great beer of amazing dualities! Poured at a good temperature with a grand, foamy, fluffy, billowy, thick, light tan head that lasts and lasts, plus good lacing. Color is a clear mahoganey with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is a clean blend of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and yeast. Flavor is like nose and at first sweet, but then plenty bitter with the carbonic tang enhancing and elevating both the bitter and sweet. I find myself going back to ponder the sweet and then the bittter. Then again the bitter and then the sweet. I can’t hardly imagine this beer being better. Body is full, but not too, carbonation is perfect. Finish is like flavor, of average length, very clean, and a hint warming. The only reason I don’t give it a better rating in aroma is my snooter doesn’t work so well. Fabulous beer.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark, dark brown, almost bkack with a large micro bubbled tan head. Nose is lightly sweet, cherry cola, chocolate, light hops. Flavor take a downturn, slightly metallic, some cherry skins, lots of carbonation-too much in fact. Gets a little too sweet as it warms and is almost cough syrup like. Darn.
mutz (727) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heel donkerbruin en een mooie volle kraag die lang blijft. Aroma van donkergebrande mout, wat vanille, koffie, drop. Bitterzoete , behoorlijk volle smaak. Lekker complex bier.
fiulijn (16659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Brewberry, Paris
Dark brown color, almost black; well carbonated, slow gusher, but the head retention is short. Roasted malt aroma, caramel. Roasted malt flavor, some chocolate and soil, and ashes, with dry mouthfeel. Crossover between Belgian and Stout, clean but roasty; apparent alcohol.
RuneStumo (2451) - Haugesund, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
27.05.2012. 0,33 l Bottle. Vinmonopolet Bergen - Valkendorfsgate. Dark brown, almost black colour. Off-white head. Malty aroma with nice flavours of dark malts an malt sweetness. Very strong and rich beer with good malty body. Lots of alcohol gives this beer a strong and good body. Very good beer!!
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Reminds me of cherry cola. Tastes sweet with notes of chocolate. Heavy body with a good amount of carbonation. Almost no bitterness. Definitely a Belgian Strong Ale but also very unique.
TheCametron (2127) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a lively tan head. Sweet aroma of chocolate syrup and overripe fruit. Flavour is raisiny sweet with some burnt wood notes. Quite interesting, feuding flavour sources. Sugar and slight smoke. The alcohol is there in cahoots with the rampant sweetness and it finishes with a satisfactory bitterness. Not like any other Belgian Strong I’ve tasted. Delicious and different.
jvhemert (359) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: resin, chocolate, cereal,
APPEARANCE: brown, red, clear, frothy, brown foam,
TASTE: medium bitterness, light sweetness,
PALATE: medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish,
OVERALL: interesting blend of aromas from (bitter) hops and malt, nice how bitterness increases slowly on the palate.