lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2006 vintage. Deep amber/red. Thin head. Powerful aroma, notes of banana and dates. Taste is sweet, malt-fruity and palate is really rich and sweet. Perhaps sampled a bit young but really good nonetheless.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a huge brown head. Malty and sweet with notes of dark fruit, chocolate andcaramel. Very rich in flavour.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle from John (jjpm74) Thanks! So ive wanted to try this for a while and John was able to help me out! Pours out a dark brown color with a thick white head on it. Smell is dark fruits, yeast, some malty flavors, little bit of a hop presence. Taste is a little thiner than I thought it was gonna be. Sweet and rich, but just a little bit thin on palate. Perhaps this one is too young? It seems like it should become a little denser with age. Thanks for the bottle, it was enjoyed.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 Sweet molasses aroma; pours a nice dark brown color, with an ample coffee-colored head. Complex flavors of candi sugar, dark fruits, caramel and a bit of alcohol warmth. So drinkable, the malty sweetness develops nicely as it warms.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 2005. This gem was suggested to me by the friendly staff at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston, MA. I was also given a complimentary matching glass! Caramel-colored. Sweet, malty, almost somewhat metallic aroma... hints of the yeast, caramelized/candy sugars, dried dark fruits. The flavors were an intense explosion of malt, caramel, dark candy sugar, dried fruits (dates, figs, raisins), cocoa, alcohol. The alcohol isn’t immediately obvious in the flavor profile, but comes through in the finish and produces a pleasant warming effect. A great, great beer.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
First impression is that this is way to sweet for me. I hate giving a bad review to a beer of such high calibur but i honestly dont really enjoy this. I can’t get into the thick syrupy sweet flavor of many big belgian beers. I respect this beer, but don’t like it due to personal preference.
snowden719 (130) - USA - SEP 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a bit of red with small to medium white head. Aroma is cherries, dark fruits, some vinous notes, bit of roastedness, small floral hints. Flavor is similar to roche 10, lots of cherry, dark fruits. bit of roast and belgian yeast. Roasted malt shows up most in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, touch of bitterness in the finish.
thomat (2137) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 2005 vintage. Very dark red with a nice foam. Very complex aroma including fruits and some malt sweetness. Full bodied with a looong aftertaste.
2004. Dark, redish brown with a small tan head. Vinous with oak tones. Full bodied with a sweet, fruity finish.
thegreenrooster (3269) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005. Pour is a deep dark red with a tan head. Aroma is epic. Tons of dark fruits show up along with a nice dose of molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is super sweet candi sugar with some caramel and dark fruit with a nice helping of belgian yeast. A wonderful beer experience with tons of wonderful things to look forward to in this brew. Alcohol is no where to be found which goes to show that a beer that can hide 10% is worth the money.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(06.10.06) One pint, 9.4 oz brown bottle purchased from Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. 10% ABV. Labeled states that the beer was brewed on 2/24/06, on the birthdate of Charles the 5th. Poured clear amber with medium off-white head. Spicy fruity aroma. Full bodied ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and fruity (ripe plum)/caramel/butterscotch flavors. Finished with light malt fade. Rich and smooth. Alcohol dangerously well hidden in this more moreish ale. Pure bliss.