jde123 (773) - 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 (2997) - 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 (8749) - 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
gallaghermurph (49) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark, deep red with a lively tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is very assertive, loaded with dark fruits. Flavor is phenomenal, with an immediate smoke and roasted coffee flavors that is mellowed by dark fruit undertones – cherry and plum – and even a little citrus. Might sound odd, but even a little beef jerky, but in a good way! The fruit flavors become more prevalent towards the finish, which has a gentle spicy bite to it. Finish leaves a roasted smoke on the palate. Palate is fairly thin with a lively carbonation. Overall I think this is an excellent brew that is very, very drinkable.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Deep ruddy brown colour with a thin brown head. Huge sweet special B aroma leaps out of the bottle and the glass, plums/prunes, toffee, some light minty notes. A bit of rye bread and chocolate. Flavour doesn’t really live up to the delicious aroma. Very alcoholic, yeasty and bready. Quite dry considering all the sweet aromas. Body is a bit thin and watery and the flavour isn’t what it should be. As it warms it gets really boozy.
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an unimpressive opaque brown with a frothy, finely-bubbled tan head. A pleasantly fruity, raisin-y aroma jumps out as soon as this brew leaves the bottle. I failed to catch the sediment as it left the bottle-- too eager to try this, I guess, so my glass may be more opaque than usual. The taste is sweet, malty, some caramel, with a medium body. Tastes much like an abbey ale. Doesn’t quite hide the powerfully high alcohol content beneath, though, and as I drink more I can feel it warming my stomach like a spirit. Highly carbonated. Not bad, but a little too powerful for me to drink casually, in my humble opinion.
EithCubes (5563) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. Drak brown pour, ruby under light, no real head. Sweet, sugary, slightly alcoholic aroma. Taste is sweet, dark roasts and toffee. Too sweet, too carbonated, too thin. Why bother?
agl108 (1051) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Flat Rock Saloon. Pours dark chestnut with white head that dissipated quickly. Nose of caramel and very sweet. Roasted, malty, bitterness with a touch of banana ester in the aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden for 9%.