jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Very Cool looking. 48F. Tulip Glass. Sweetlight notes, with touchess of sourness, Bread and cheese smells, fruity with dark notes of plum, and dark cherries. Finishes sour, but begins sweet, definate cherry taste, very light sweet malts are dominate, with a dark finish. Very nice and fruity taste. Full mouth feel, tons of tiny carbonation, with a great bittersour finish like espresso. Great mouthfeel, good amount of dark flavors, a nicely done belgian strong.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Zeno’s.
No outstanding aroma. Sweet notes escape the nose.
Very dark red with this head.
Flavor is very one sided but not in a bad way. Hints of fruits such as cherry and plums last in the mouth. Very balanced and peaceful drink.
Very sippable but found myself taking bigger gulps at the end.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark brown, almond head. Flavor isn’t anything special, roasted malt, some apple and other fruitness to it, with brown sugar and caramel sweetness, every flavor not being very strong at all, just a regular beer really.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is white grape, spicy and champange like. Color is deep burgandy held up to light with a generous, tiny bubble, beige head. Flavor starts dark fruit sweet with hints of plum and prune turning peppery and finishing long and dry with a black cherry tartness. Medium bodied and watery with fizzy carbonation. 9% ABV is noticable.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with tan head. Spicy Belgium yeast aroma with sweet malts and some grapes. I also smell a bit of dark roasted malts like maybe chocolate. Huge carbonation that explodes in your mouth. Nice solid malt flavor with fruity and spicy accents. I really can’t pick up on the hops. They must be there since this beer seems to have the sweetness kept in check. Aftertaste can have a cherry or grape flavor along with caramel.
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definately one of the best belgian ales I have had the pleasure of imbibing in quite a long time. Pours dark brown with a large head, spicy and fruity aroma precedes the flavor of sweet plums, cherries, dark fruits of many kinds. I really liked this one, much better than I was expecting.
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer tasting sampler at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/orland-par Orland Park. Deep brown color is a wakeup call, after finally resigning myself to so many light Belgian strongs. Nose is very sweet, but not in that candi sugary way, more like fructose. I catch a lot of raisin and plum threading around a nice Belgian malt profile… and I must be learning something if I can claim to discern Belgian malts. Nice.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Good dark brown color with asmall head that faded quite quickly. The aroma was somewhat sweet and fruity with a mild hop presence, malt and a hint of alcohol to go with the spicy notes. Malty sweet taste with flavors of fruit and spice and hints of hops and alcohol. The finish is slightly bitter sweet with a bit of spice and malt. Not bad but then not great,but still worth a try.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with particule and a big nice beige head. malt, caramel, anis and alcohol aroma. Taste of malt, fruits, brown sugar and alcohol finish. Nice beer.
Bière de couleur brun foncé avec des sédiments et un très bon collet brun qui perdure. Odeur de malt, caramel, anis et alcool. Au goût, elle est malté et fruités, avec des notes de sucres bruns et alccol est bien présente en finale. Bonne bière
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 Bottled, A very dark brown coloured beer with a short-lived tan coloured head. The aroma is sweet and malty. There are some berry fruits and a little fireside. The taste is heavily carbonated and is dry at the same time. There are smoky malty tastes but is really a bit boring when alls said and done. Score 3.1
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 3.4