KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark ruby red with a strong brownish hue and a very small (less than 1/8") off white fizzy head, which diminished totally leaving behind a very small collar and poor lacing.
The aroma was of a moderate caramel malt and a sweet Belgian yeast with notes of dark fruit (raisons, figs & plums), banana, green apple and a slight alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty-sweet with notes of caramel and green apple early on and then took on a strong dark fruit presence with a touch of banana and had a slight red wine alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a decently long time proceeding the swallow with a sweet fruity taste left behind.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a strong ticklish carbonation.
Overall very well rounded Belgian Ale with a nice caramel fruitiness which blended well with the Belgian yeast, thus containing the high alcohol content...
Franckg (340) - 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 (994) - 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 (529) - 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 (542) - 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 (459) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. 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 (26) - 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 (3228) - 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.
Bebum (434) - - FEB 22, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber, clear, tall, tan head.
Very full body, well flavored, well balanced and big mouthfeel, high alcohol heat, avg length, fruity but clean finish.
Sweet, understated but sufficient bitterness, acidity in good balance with the other tastes.
Malty, more like a tripel, grade B maple syrup followed by hoppy bitterness, barley candy, cola, caramel, touch of roast grains, very alcoholic flavor.
Delicious, elephant of a beer.
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Sigmund (5571) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared 355 ml bottle, vintage 2010, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. ABV is 8%. Amber to brown colour. Oxidised malty aroma, reminds me a bit of Thomas Hardy’s Ale. The malty flavour is better, somewhat oxidsed but still nice, notes of oak and dark dried fruits, not very sweet though.