KajII (780) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a rich medium brownish red with a very small white head that was fully diminishing and had fair lacing. The aroma was heavy of dark roasted malts, light resin hops and a doughy sweet yeast with strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate and raisons. It tasted lightly bitter-sweet and quite malty in the beginning and finished about the same with notes coffee, chocolate and the sweetness of dried fruit. Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and dry in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall an outstanding, flavorful brew. Worth drinking many, many more !!!!
aenima (242) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry finish with some sweetness. Balanced and complex aroma and taste. Raisin, caramell, wood and some plums.
worldfusionrad (18) - - JUL 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I rate beers I think significantly better than average, simple as that. I am not into showing off through bloviating. :)
rlpeeler (85) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap it is a deep brown with small light brown head. Taste is malt and raisin with some floral background. Goes down smooth and clean with great balance. A very good beer.
hockeybeerguy (1611) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes and this is my last DFH beer until I can get back East.
Countless times this has been poured into snifters and chalices and it has always looked the same and smelled the same.
The appearance was a nice hazy dark brown close to black color with a nice one finger white to off white foamy head that dies within a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the sides of the glass.
The smell started off with the raisins and then allowed some nice spicy Belgian spices to settle over top of the beer.
The taste took those flavors and added a light lingering breadiness about it.
On the palate, it sat about a medium in body and allowed a decent sessionable quality about it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian Strong Ale worthy of having again. Now I guess I gotta get back to the East Coast.
generallee08 (602) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a nice reddish/brown color. On top is a thick white head that faded off quickly to just a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is full of sweet roasted malts and raisins. The flavor is full of roasted malts, caramel, toast and green grapes. A light hop bitterness balances out the sweetness. Its medium to full body and soft carbonation gives it a velvety smooth mouth feel.
Bacchus66 (13) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle, pours deep reddish brown with a full head with medium retention. Aromas are sweet caramel and hints of yeast. Flavors of sweet meat, maybe vague prunes, caramel, vermouth, nice malt character. Medium malty finish.
TXBadger (1246) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Yeast, dark fruits, sweetness, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes pretty dry and quick.
coyforce (579) - Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth and lightly aromatic, but flavor is weak and to me is lacking the subtle raison I would expect.
Benzai (7287) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared @ weekly tasting. Clear red-brown color, full sized off-white head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, lightly alcohol. Taste malts, some sugar, sweetness, some alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.
DutchDrebus (3863) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber to brown colour with a medium sized off-white head. Smells barleywine, sweet, hops, ’round’, nice. Tastes sweet, hops, barleywine, pretty damn nice. full body, soft carbo.