madvike (2128) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by TPatuto...thanks Tom! - Pours murky brown with a thin light tan head. You can smell the cardamom on the nose, with sugar and dark bread. Taste is better than I would have guessed given the nose, with honey, cardamom, dark bread, yeast, and a citric finish. Nice carbonation fluffs up the body a bit. Not my thing, but less of a sugar bomb than I was expecting.
AmEricanbrew (4890) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown color with ivory head. Spearmint, caramel, pit fruit aromas. medium body. Belgian spicy yeast, spearmint, caramel, pit fruit flavors--good
BelgianBeerGal (2616) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at DLD. Overall, it was fine. Honestly just a little understated or muted. Not sure if the age had anything to do with it but it just seemed a little disjointed. Not bad, just not great.
riversideAK (5458) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of orange peel, ginger cardamom, honey, belgian yeast. Pours dark brown res hues thin tan head. Raisin citrus skin brown sugar some tart grape skin. Strong, hot. Meh (jon, 2009).
djd07 (2323) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a cloudy brown with caramel and roast. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet caramel flavor and light tart in the finish. Easy to drink a good Belgian strong ale from Flossmoor.
thirdeye11 (5072) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz thanks to Erica) cloudy medium brown, wispy light tan bubbles. Nose is mildly tart, berry, saccharin, and caramel. Taste of caramel, berry, Blackberry, medium body with soft oily Carb body.
drowland (4999) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Slightly hazed amber with a small khaki head. Whoooooaaa, this has a crazy nose. A touch of oxidation, but otherwise we have herbal aspects, sweet raisins, dark fruits, and a touch of tartness. Nice flavor with a good cherry tartness followed by raisins and dark fruits. Tasty.
Fred82 (1997) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to mikesgroove. 10% abv version.
Appearance : Hazy amber.
Aroma : Hops and malt with some spices and lots of caramel. Herbal and piny hops.
Taste : Lots of caramel with herbal and piny hops. Quite sweet. Finish has alcohol and caramel. Some herbal and piny hops too. quite resinous.
Overall : Enjoyable caramel and fruits. Niuce hops too. A bit too sweet. Feels like a bit of everything was thrown in. Not cohesive. Meh.
jtclockwork (5220) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at beerloco’s tasting. Pours brown with tan head. Nose and taste of strong raisin, mint, honey, brown sugar, spice and cinnamon apples.
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: deep rich mahogany color. full bodied dark tan head, good retention, nice lacing.
S: big fruity aroma of dates, raisins and figs. sweet notes of rich dark malts. big spice aroma, clove, nutmeg and some thyme.
T: good malt body with a decent hop palate. major tones of honey, raisins, figs, and plums. solid spice character, mostly clove. light sourness/tartness.
ML medium bodied. big carbonation level. a little harsh, but rather smooth for the ABV. very warming.