imaragingbull (549) - Sydney, - APR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear amber ruby with big foamy off white head that diminishes slowly. Aromas of dates, sweet malts, light chocolate. Light noble hops, almost medicinal notes, stale cheese notes seem to sour the experience. Medium light body, med carbonation, lightly chewy mouthfeel finishing a bit light With Light sweetness cherries and pitted fruits lingering
ShaneJ (307) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Rich mahogany with a creamy off-white head, strong chocolate aroma and flavour, some vanilla and toffee, Belgian yeast, low bitterness, quite sweet. Nothing special.
varanid99 (345) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper pour with a half inch beige head. Very pronounced chocolate smell, a little sickly sweet. Taste is vanilla and a bit sickly, milky chocolate, which is unfortunate because the chocolate they’ve used is good quality.
KeefOz (624) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 640ml BB 1/2/14. Poured a translucent coppery colour with a two- to three-finger off white foamy heads that retained OK then dropped to a bubble ring. Laced poorly. Medium carbonation as seen by medium sized bubbles forming trails. Aroma of nice sweet dark chocolate that lasts. Taste of pleasant sweet dark chocolate and underlying sweet vanilla. Medium body. Smooth with a lingering chocolate finish but overall a bit too sweet.
vanvenlo (1092) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dan Murphy bottle (28-Aug-13) Sweet choc malt aroma. Brown red colour, poor head and sheet lacing. Sweet tangy choc vanilla flavour. Tangy sweet vanilla spice finish and candy sweet toffee aftertaste
Lunkie (1309) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich chocolate malt aroma. Clear deep red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Chocolate malt herbal flavour . Smooth lingering palate.
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cjldm (26) - - AUG 9, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Picked up on the cheap at BWS (which tends to overcharge for mainstream 33cl singles, yet more unusual Aussie craft beers are often available at a comparatively very good price) into my Belgians, but not expecting too much from this; then again - lost abbey's tripel wasn't too bad so I felt this was worth a go as the only 'quality' dark beer in the shop.
Appearance: 1-finger or less of head, hazel brown colour. No residual lacing whatsoever.
Aroma: some cheap chocolate, a bit of nut and spice too. Probably it's least-worse quality.
Taste: sweet upfront, quite boozy and a touch of lingering chocolate at the end. Unpleasant bitterness. The flavour doesn't really follow the aroma particularly well.
Mouthfeel: not too pleasant, medium carbonation, yet there's a lack of lingering character that washes away what taste there is. Not dubbel-worthy.
I wanted to like this and I really appreciate that the brewer is trying to mix things up out here. One day someone will get it right; fair play for trying, but anyone willing to try this most likely already knows what real Belgians taste like.
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THE_Beergod (5) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting beer with a very caramel chocolate flavor. Very heavy beer and I struggled to drink a bottle.. I found the sweetness too much. Still, if you are in the mood for a single beer and something different, give it a shot.
themarvel2004 (4) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Belgian isn’t always my thing - nwevee sure about the slight sourness - is it ’right’ or ’off’. Anyway, this poured dark copper-brown, with a thick off whit head that dissipated quickly. Initial flavour is has an almost milky edge, but clearly notes of chocolate and caramel followed on the palette. A heavy beer but enjoyable to drink. Big bottle a bonus too - a proper pint! :-)
I might even drink it again!
Definitely worth a try if you enjoy different beers.
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Nice vanilla beer. Aromas of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with no head.
Dredd (663) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one doesn’t do it for me, pour is mahogany with thin tan head. Aroma is mostly sweet vanilla and kahlua. Flavor is again almost kahlua with some chocolate and a bit of hop finish but quite subdued given the degree of sweetness.