viverlee (18) - - FEB 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bougie thing to quaff this bougie beer from my bougie pink elephant. But I do love the glass, and the beer, it ain’t bad either, even if it is a mood brew.
STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
LOOK: Dark mirror. The only light in the house that’s on is the one in the dining room, that and my laptop. There’s a nice reflection from my most-stolen-in-America tulip, with credit to this dark, dark brew. Beachy thin head with a light caramel tinge. Subtle carbonation.
NOSE: Roasted raisins, molasses, sugar cookies, apple cider vinegar.
MOUTH: A recent trip to Napa clued me in to a wine secret. That some of the better wines are better enjoyed after opening up in a decanter – for up to 24 hours. I’ve done the hour-before-guests come thing, but a day, that seemed overkill. Until I tried it. It’s the same principle for some of the better Belgians, including this one. Honey, malted chocolates, plums, dried cranberries. There’s more here, obviously, but that’s not the point. Somewhere the sweet yeasts are hiding, maybe with the tucked-away ABV, and notwithstanding the complex flavor profile and top-class warming mouth, I need a touch more tartness for balance.
Beeradvocate Rating: 89
ratebeer Rating: 94
Hayward Abbey Rating: 92
Thompson (299) - - APR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Brown to ruby red colour, decent sized head. Smell and taste malts, malts, hint of spices, some yeast, brown sugar, dark fruits. Nice.
AdiBeer (592) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: caramel, toasted malts. Appearance: dark brown, big frothy head.
Taste: light sweet. Palate: dry sweet, alcohol, lift bitters coming up. Overall: nice Belgian Strong Ale, maybe a bit too much alcohol in the palate. Bottle at Belgo Centraal, Covent Garden
lulubernardo (7) - santa branca, - APR 11, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Apesar do 8.5% graduação alcoólica, é muito saborosa! Não da pra perceber! Sabor marcante!
catface5326 (140) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber dark brown poured from a tap. Fruity aroma and taste of fruit with a metallic aftertaste
seynie (82) - Tienen, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very lively from the bottle. Dark brown with a pillowy head. Roasted beans, some coffee, a hint of red fruits in the distance. Towards the end some alcohol. Medium finish with caramel, moccha, coffee beans, alcohol. Less body than a Rochefort or St-Bernardus, but very enjoyable nontheless.
AbbeyRoade (259) - Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet yeasty aroma. Boozy flavor and aroma. Not bad but not great either. I wish the alcohol didn’t dominate the flavor, but then again it is a Belgian strong ale..
g_georgiou (143) - CYPRUS - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber body with a tan head. Malty roasted aroma. Dark fruit and some caramel. Taste is sweet with medium bitterness. Oily texture, average carbonation. Nice
Tide (1461) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beer Temple, Brussels. Dark brown color, beige head. Bitter / sour taste with toffee, nuts, syrup, coriander, licorice and ripe fruits. Bitter finish with toffee, ripe fruits and earthy notes. Very nice belgian strong ale.
Beerhunter111 (5467) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trübes dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig süß, überreife Früchte, hefig, würzig. Geschmack malzig fruchtig, reife Früchte, leicht alkoholisch, würzig.
andrezanca (1) - Navegantes, BRAZIL - APR 1, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A melhor da casa! Sensacional, paladar e sabor incríveis, sem contar com a garrafa que é um show a parte