kdm1984 (813) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enormous, dense head that sticks around a long time, leaving decent rings of lacing. Deep aroma of cocoa, red and purple fruits (cherries, cranberries, grapes, plums, raisins), yeast, breads, and a hint of ... Dr. Pepper? How neat. Flavor - this is the smoothest 10% ABV beer I have ever drunk. Holy moly - it is too easy to drink this! Best-hidden alcohol ever. Be careful, because it’s really tasty, too. VERY well-balanced on the acid front, which is typically my foremost complaint among some otherwise great Belgian Strongs. 5 on the palate for sure. I’d like a little more aftertaste, but what is there is really scrumptious - all the aforementioned fruits, especially the red ones, lots of creamy maltiness, and a finish of bread and fruit. Nom! My special orders for December have gone so well. I’m such a happy beer geek! UPDATE: I am now tasting some spices in addition to all that other stuff. This just gets more and more interesting.
IngetSlick (59) - - JUL 31, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Saveur Bière (2014). Small, beige head. Dark brown body. Smells of spices, nuts, vanilla, sugar, yeast. Tastes apricot, nuts, spices, roasted, sugar, coffee, vanilla. Sweet but mostly bitter. My favorite Belgian beer which I belive is at its best after 4-5 years.
PauloAG (222) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330bottle and on tap. Pours almost black with tanned creamy head. Highly complex brew. Lots of dark fruits, berries, dried figs, carob, raisins. A bit of coffee, chocolate, caramel, molases and dark candi syrup. Sweet but nicely balanced. Alcool well hidden, specially on tap and the beer from older bottles properly aged. Probably the closest I have to a favourite beer.
fombe89 (627) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 23/07/2015. Botella 2014. BBD: 31/11/2019
Color caoba, espuma beige, aroma malta, madera, sabor malta, dulce, pasas.
charule (1580) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LP Binnys. Poured pretty much black with min beige head. Aroma deep brown sugar malt dark fruits. light carb med bod. Tastes light roast malty sweet drying. I dig
gorkogrlo (225) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from 2014. Brown color. Medium-big head with decent dose of lacing. Aroma of nuts, dark fruits, toast and maybe chocolate. In flavor again dark fruits, banana, rum with some honey and peppery notes. Sweet but have decent hop character. Not so much based on bitternes more based on flavor. 10% alc. Wow. If I was guessing I would tell it is more like 6-7%. I tried beers with 6% alcohol that have more alcohol character than this one. Overall: good beer, easy drinkable for its 10%. And if they are using t-58 yeast(which in my opinion is some kind of bad yeast, it is maybe not bad but I dont like it), what they say that they are using, you must respect this beer even more. Probably best beer in the world with that kind of the yeast.
edgallow (2815) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle pours hazy brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts, dried fruit and grain. Taste is fruit, malts and some bread.
Sjohnh (442) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely dark brown colour, clear but almost opaque, shiny. Decent tan head. Full, creamy body, with soft carbonation. Aroma has banana, malt and dried fruits. Taste takes it up a level, with rum and raisin, salted caramel, soy, vanilla and port. Which can only add up to something very nice.
SkillsFactory (176) - ITALY - JUL 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Lotto 4016040714.
Tonaca di frate con riflessi caramello, schiuma beige poco persistente.
Aroma acetico forte, cacao amaro, caramello, vino liquoroso, uva fermentata, leggermente legnosa.
Al palato stesse caratteristiche, la gradazione alcolica è sorprendentemente ben nascosta anche se riscalda la bevuta in modo impeccabile.
Corpo medio-pieno, ben carbonata, molto astringente.
Rolfarild (146) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unclear brown. Beige head. Aroma of a lot of dried fruits. Taste is brown sugar, spice, caramell, coffee, chocolate, dried fruit. I realy look forward to the Reserva!
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at MastroBirraio in Trieste. 2014. Deep brown, tall tan soapy head. Sweet, soft caramel, lots of banana, touch of coffee. Sweet, complexity is hinted at, good base but not as impressive as special editions demonstrate. Nice.