Marko (4872) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 vintage, 750ml bottle shared with heavy whom I thank for ordering this at the Hopdevil.
The strongest, the best rated beer from what could be my favorite non-trappist belgian brewery. I came with great expectations.
Poureed a lovely dark deep red colour with a creamy off white head that went away at a medium pace. The nose showed some of the complexity this beer possesses. Chocolate, malt, raisins, a touch of coffee machine coffee, caramel and alcohol.... The taste was sweet, pleasant and complex. Malt, a touch of brittle, sweet, chocolatey, some typical belgian yeastiness, caramel, tobacco,fruity, bananas dipped in sugar and then covered by chocolate, coffee and caramel again and... green tea? (was I hallucinating?). Dryish bittersweet finish. Yup, a great beer. Didnít strike me as the best that Het Anker does, but the best they do is stellar, and this isnít far away.
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 vintage, caged 750. Malty, vinious, little head that quickly dissipates. Big fruity flavors up front, alcohol in the middle, malt in the finish. No discernable hop notes. Just big, fruity and malty. Het Anker continues to do a solid job with this big boy.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2011 2006 bottle, tasting mighty fine these days. This has always been one of my fave grand crus, for its rich and full palate, for the beautiful pour with the billowy biscuit head atop the dark copper body, and of course for the flavors. Certainly itís malt-a-licious, but the dominant flavors are raisins/prunes with a slight tartness giving it balance and complexity. Will no doubt be better with age, but itís lovely as is.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled, 2006 vintage. Pours hazy mahogany brown with a minimal fizzy head that settles into fine lacing. Aroma of raisins and banana dominate, with a hearty malt background. Sweet Belgian candy sugar is also noticeable. Flavor is quite smooth, mostly raisin, plum and dark fruits, with some sherry/port flavors. Finishes with a tingly palate, but the alcohol could be more balanced. Good beer to age for another couple of years.
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Complex malty aroma with notes of dried fruits and yeast. Flavor contains malt, dates, prunes and yeast. Well balanced - very nice beer.
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 Ml Bottle-2006 vintage-Dark copper/amber color w/almost no head. Looked a lot like a Barleywine. Drank this beer way too young, it just wasnít ready. Had some sweetness & spice to it, but the flavor was very rough, almost had a musty/wooday presemce to it. Kind of a thick consistancy. Needs some time to mellow out, Iíd recomend several more years.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2006. Pours a deep ruby color with a barely-there head. Syrup consistency, almost like a heavy liqueur. Aroma is dark malt with a yeast and hop characteristic. The flavor is largely malt with yeast included as well. Very thick beer, and the thickness somewhat takes away from the overall experience. i had great expectations of this beer, but it left me a tad disappointed.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - SEP 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2006. Dark syrupy character with a thin head that faded a bit towards the end. Great aroma of yeast and dark malts. This beer just melts in your mouth! Excellent! Great beer with a flavor of blue cheese and yeasts, very smooth and extremely well-balanced. Nice thick finish of malt and notes of hops. This is something you have to keep in a cellar!
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper / rubis slightly murky poor with almost no head. Aromas of dates, whicky barrel, candy sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, grapes, red licorice and prunes......... Very evolutive aromas ... Very impressive flavors as well including prunes, cherries, brown sugar, caramel... and the list goes on.... Full bodied brew with an extremely well balanced mouthfeel. Top notch brew... This beer completes me!
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. a deep red/brown beer with a very small and disappearing head. The aroma is malty with fruity notes (plums) and a touch of alcohol. The flavour is very sweet and fruity with warming alcohol and a character that is both vinous and strong sweet wineish. Full bodied, almost no bitterness. A very good beer that gains after every sip.