garthicus (2861) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Pitch black, thick off white head. Aroma: spicy chocolate, quite hoppy, coffee, slight hint of mint & alcohol. Flavour: Chocolate hops, spicy, hoppy, quite a sherry like flavour, long sticky malty finish. Lovely.
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jackl (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Deep brown in color. Minimal head. The aroma is of hot alcohol and sweet roasted malts. Wood and raisin. The taste is quite sweet, but sharp from the alcohol. Given that, this is well rounded, with a nice medium/heavy mouthfeel that’s slick on the tongue. For whatever reason, this beer felt a bit less than the sum of its parts. I look forward to giving it another shot, though.
MrDick (354) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a bottle while visiting Cambridge UK. Actually thought it was something comparable to their Rasputin when I purchased the bottle. Popped off the cap and foam started oozing out the top. Poured dark brown with a huge head. Taste isn’t what I expected for a Belgian strong ale (e.g. sweet). Burnt malt, spices and balanced hops. Lots of lingering taste in the mouth. Damn good.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 Draught @ Monk’s Porter House. Black coloured beer with a small off white to brown head. Rather fruity sweet and light malty bitter aroma. Medium to full light sprankling palate; Finish is bitter fruity and malty light roasted with a short fruity alcoholic hint. Very nice.
Bottle @ Kulminator - Dark brown almost black coloured beer with lots of carbonation and a large brown head. Roasted malty sweet bitter hinted aroma. Full palate. Finish is bitter sweet, roasted, slightly roasted malty and herby hinted. Not bad. Somewhat off balance.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - NOV 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle from Passione Birra. Served into a snifter. Opaque black with a light tan head. Nice lacing. 10.2% ABV ? No way, it tastes like a 5% beer! Nice and rich smokey flavour, with deep toasted and caramel malts, dark fruits, wood, chocolate, and some very interesting yeast notes . Good carbonated as well. First try from this brewery, but I’m already a fan!
kappldav123 (5810) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle looks simple but good. Beer in the glass dark, almost black, nice head. Starts strong-malty, surprisingly sweet. Malty notes get more and more woody, still sweet. Finish a bit milder, less sweet, but warming. Interesting beer.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours dark compact brown with a large sized pale brown head. The aroma is fantastic – a mix between noble hops and Belgian yeast with notes of grass, herbs, fancy resin, dark bread, dark grain, dark fruits, esters, brown sugar, broth, soy, wet soil, liquorice root/syrupy roots, oranges juice, smoke, ripe apples, lingonberry jam, almond smelling glue/marzipan, light butter fudge and subtle vanilla fudge. The flavour is near medium sweet, near medium bitter and tiny citric. Fat malty, fruity, complex, fresh hoppy and light oxidized. The Aggressive noble hops blends well with the robust Belgo character. The mouthfeel is fat, round and light sticky with a light carbonation. Clear chocolate/cocoa roast, earth and noble hops on the finish. Medium bodied. Nice.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A frothy light beige head settles above the near blackness. The vigourous carbonation brought a slight gushing about. Phenolic and spicy nose offers gently medicinal clove and anise notes over a base very nutty maltiness that is round and in contrast with the strong effervescence. All along the ride, ripe fruitiness (minty raisin, dates) feels vinous when paired with the warming, sweetening constant alcohol kick. Underneath it all, the hops are more than casual, providing a balancing bitterness but limited spicy aromas. A deep and soul-warming dark ale in the De Molen rich mouthfeel fashion.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Thanks bierkoning, a real treat! Dark red/brown, thick tan head fades with thick lacing. Nose is salty, varnish, wood, banana, dark honey. Cheap chocolate, but in a good way. Slightest hint of naughty booze. Big sweet caramel front, develops into something slightly more savoury, wood and spice. Finish is very slightly citric, spicy hops. Foamy mouthfeel. A big, challenging beer - this is no session ale! But amazing stuff.
egajdzis (5868) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, spices, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Taste of caramel, roast, spices, Belgian yeast, nuts, and alcohol in the finish.