ARH (1049) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. The aroma is primarily that of dark, dried fruits - raisin and plum - with sweet, cooked cherries, grapes, and a warm spice. Undertones include a light earthy touch, mellow alcohol, and late, a honey note. It pours a deep, murky amber honey color with a soft, medium small suds, airy orange brown head that retains a nice layer, a medium ring, and leaves a touch of lace on the glass. The taste is amedium high, malty sweet with just a touch of light bitter. The beer is smooth and oily with an active, fizzy carbonation and a medium full fruit and malt body. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, and sweet dark fruits come through in abundance - grapes, cherry, plum, raisins - with a late nutty note. The finish is dry and zesty with a clean, refreshing clove character. There’s a mellow warm alcohol touch as well as some semi sweet dark chocolate. The aftertaste is a mellow dark chocolate note with clove cleanliness.
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5 Mar 2015, bottle. hazy, dirty, murky brown. nose is faintly sour, fruity (grapes), bready, slightly yeasty malt, some sweet chocolate, moderate alcohol. there’s a lot in the nose for sure. med body and moderately fizzy. very interesting. fruity (cherries?, grapes), yeasty, chocolate, alcohol, sweet meaty. nice. would be good to try after it has aged a bit.
Ferris (9777) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Sweet caramel and dark sugars. Clearish copper with a decent beige head. Dark caramel, light burnt sugar and raisin. Light booze and sticky, pretty nice.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.5 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a clearish yet dark ruby amber, which forms no head beyond a patchy cap and a ring of white. A few scattered streams of bubbles make their way steadily to the top of the beer.
Smell: Sweet toffee and caramel malt dominates the aroma, carrying a bit of candi sweetness along for the ride. There’s something akin to cranberry drifting through the scent as well.
Taste: Right up front, this is a barrage of caramel, toffee, and candi sugar, and that does not relent through most of the tasting process. The ABV is boldly present as both heat and astringency, providing something of a medicinal taste and a lingering burn on the tongue. Hints of chocolate and something vaguely fruity are present, but buried under the sweetness and alcohol bite. There is a pronounced peppery spice, however, which makes itself known alongside the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Sharp and hot, this is creamy while in the mouth, and then leaves a sensation not unlike drinking sandpaper.
Overall: I’m uncertain if perhaps I got hold of a bad bottle, or if I’ve been spoiled by other large ABV beers that conceal their payload, but this would not be a repeater for me. I am generally a fan of sweeter beers, but the heat and medicinal tinge taint the whole flavor profile for me.
GothGargoyle (1952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber with a small head. Slightly subdued aroma - caramel, toffee, dates, subtle esters and a hint of spice. Medium bodied, slightly tannic aftertaste. Taste is toffee, bitter orange peel.
Deu (912) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at chez Clem. Amber color with a small disappearing head. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. Fruity taste with a hint of banana. Finish is alcohol and bitter. Very nice.
dukeandduke (182) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 2/9 - Monk’s Pub (Chicago) - Draft - This is my first quadruple and first Dieu de ciel offering, and it is one of my favorite beers of all time. I went from trying something new to enjoying four pours of an amazing beer. Very strong smell of coffee and fruity. The taste, however is very strong, malty beer. The beer feels heavy, great in the mouth, and goes down smooth. Rigor Mortis - definitely a beer to die for, and highly recommended from this beer lover. Cheers!
tderoeck (7253) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/I/15 - 341ml bottle from... I think Abbaye des Saveurs (Lille) @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: II/2012 (2015-12)
Clear ruby red beer, creamy irregular yellow to beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, some caramel, dried fruits, bit sugary, nutty, some banana. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: some caramel, sweet dried fruits, bit sugary, some banana, little bitter. Aftertaste: mocha, caramel, quite some banana, bitter hops, dried fruits. Very nice stuff.
SuperTiti33 (832) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
En fût au bistro L'Autre Œil. Brune beau collet. Sucré. Levuré. Très fruité. Bonne amertume pour une abt. Caramel/Sucre cuit. Légèrement florale. Fruit confit/séché. Datte. Cerise. Un peu d'épice (boisé). Finale sucré. Très bien.
kaser (4905) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 12oz bottle from WLVL. Brown foggy pour with white head, thin. Sweet brown sugar aroma with spices. Taste is certainly complex. Malty, fruity, spicy. Slight cocoa and butterscotch, very smooth. Hides the high ABV well. Good beer, and typically don’t like this style.