elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a trappist glass. Pours a dark amber, with an ever-so-slight haze. Practically no head to speak of, with some slight off-white lacing. Alcohol dominates the aroma, with hints of raisin, grape, and vanilla in the background. Taste is driven by alcohol, which is almost overpowering at first. As the beer warms a bit more and one gets more into the flavors, dried fruit (raisin and apricot) become more discernible. There is slight hoppiness and a mild biscuity flavor toward the end, with alcohol returning for a lingering aftertaste. Palate is rather lively, with a moderate amount of tingle from the carbonation. The beer has a rather thin, watery mouthfeel, and can go a bit too quickly if you’re not careful (bear in mind that at 8 percent, this ale is rather potent).
In sum, it’s a nice beer, but given the many great ales that DFH produces, I’d have to consider this one of the brewery’s lesser offerings. Alcohol seriously unbalances this beer and the complex flavors are obscured as a result. But the complexity is there, and one just has to be patient with this beer. If you like Midas Touch, definitely give this one a try--many of the same characteristics, albeit in the darker, Belgian strong ale style.
PhillyCraft (5925) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vtg backlog, bottle, always preferred the old extra to this one. Brown pour with a medium khaki sized head. Smell is vegetable, dark fruit, spice, and belgian yeast. Taste is plum, fig, candy sugar, and light hops. Ok, but prefer St Bernardus and Rochefort.
drsordr (2378) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can’t believe I have never rated this. Draft to taster at cappy’s pour dark copper with thin ecru head. Nose sweet malt, raisin, caramel, apple. Taste similar to nose, sweet early, then raisin, sweet, and fruit. Later light dank.
rgf001 (323) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is nice but too low for a Belgian strong ale. Foam is too short lasting. Flavor is malty but not complex. Medium finish, should be dry.
DrNosha (1734) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vom Fass. Mahagoni Farben. Süßliches Aroma mit rotwein, Rosinen und Weinbrandnoten. Dickflüssiges Mundgefühl. Sehr komplex. Dörrobst, getrocknete Pflaumen, Rosinen. Alkohol nicht so gut eingebunden.
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber garnet tan head. Yeasty caramel candi nose. Some phenols prune raisins and some alcohol. Pretty good stuff
mrol (252) - - JUN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgian Strong???Pours is brown .Quite sweet, roasty malt flavor. Has a good fruitiness and a intense floral hop profile.
rdixon77 (2359) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. Approachable Belgian strong. Dark mahogany. Raisins, prunes, brown sugar, dark malts. Solid not mind blowing.
Jabah (397) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first I didn’t care for this beer too much, but had hardly tried many Belgian Ales, which grew on me over the next few months...as well as this beer. The next couple times I tried it, I was able to appreciate it as it is, which is a very good ale. The flavors are both sweet and bitter at the same time, hard to describe. Definitely raisins, sugars, other spices, hops. A darker copper/amber color, medium carbonation. Has a good kick too. One of many great DFH beers.
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Brown pour with a beige head. Yeast, currants and roasted malts on the nose. As it warms up more fruit comes out: muscat, prune, fig as well as some allspice. Slightly sweet and bitter on the palate. A bit boozy as well. Long bitter finish.
ElCapitan22 (339) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice mahogany color, but had no lacing at all or head retention. Smells like a Belgian beer with raisin and butterscotch. A solid beer here, but nothing to write home over.