maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2010 vintage. Pours deep orange with large bubbles and a short parchment head. Aromas of toffee and stale marshmallow, banana, star anise… and undeniably oxidized. The flavor is caramel, Sprite, solvent, potpourri, wax; a somewhat cloying sweetness pervades throughout. Noticeable alcohol sting. Full palate and a slightly astringent finish. Even if it weren’t way past prime, still too perfumey-tasting and too thick and sweet (dubbel is not doppelbock!)
eruizgarcia (251) - - JUN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. Delicious, smooth, very malty and fruity with a slight rose aroma. Very easy to drink, hard to notice the alcohol. I'd enjoy this any time.
neurbob (20) - - MAY 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: prune, dough, caramel,
Appearance: Hazy dark apricot color. minimal head,
Taste: medium sweetness, not syrupy, prune/raisin, heath bar, lightly bitter, lightly sour, good balance.
Palate: average carbonation, medium body, mild hop finish
Very nice Ale, will be my go-to for this style
Franckg (435) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, 2 years aged.
Caramelized malt and maple sugar. Great roundness and no trace of alcohol. Long sweet bitterness and hint of hops. Very nice.
sinfull (1055) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy,Brown/reddish color with thin off-white head. Aroma of raisins, fruits , belgian yeast , malt. Moderate sweetness in rich, malty taste with notes of caramel , dark fruits , brown sugar. Semidry finish , probably because my bottle was dated by 2012.
willisread (712) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Bready malts, prune, raisin, molasses and brown bananas on the nose. Some spice present as well. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Slightly sweet and dry finish. Not great but not bad.
commonmac (634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap (a rarity) at 3 Squares. Flared 10 oz pilsner glass. Cloudy deep orange, nearly red. Minor head. Aroma is definite Belgian. Sugars come through and a little dark fruit too. Taste is simply amazing. Dark fruit without the sour element. Beautiful sugars give way to a bite and hit of alcohol. Very smooth overall. I’m almost at a loss for words. So good. A very close approximation of the Belgians I’ve sampled in Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges.
Brentv (476) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 From bottle. Label is 2012. Pours a hazy brown with a small off-white head. Rich fruity aroma and flavor of raisins and prunes and medium to dark fruits. Delicious with a gentle sweetness and very very smooth. Medium full mouthfeel, soft carbonation. One of the nicer beers. Just lovely.
Lacho (19) - USA - MAR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark golden caramel color with a pretty hue. Regular foam that lingers for a while, protecting a yeasty aroma.
Good feel in the mouth, complex, earthy and roasty. It is a great interpretation of an Abbey beer.
Will definitely but several to cellar.
notayankee (33) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 label, enjoyed in 2015. Bottle pour into Goblet. Fruity aroma with caramel depth and alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Deep red-brown color. Small head disappears quickly and leaves little lacing. Sweet heavy taste is like a good barley wine, and is very pleasant. Has a fizzy but soft carbonation and a smooth lingering finish. Alcohol noticeable in the lingering finish but with the deep sweet aftertaste it is not at all unpleasant, especially to someone who knowingly buys an 8.7% beer. Overall very enjoyable and goes great with rich and savory foods.
beernovice39 (3248) - Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a murky dark amber with off white top. Nose of fruit and candy. Tastes from malts to yeasty to fruit and candy.