jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Bottle. Big fruity aroma of fig, pumpkin, and malt. Very sweet with a fig and candied cherry front. Very thick mouthfeel.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is pure bubblegum and caramel apple. Flavor follows through with rich toffee. Very nice.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Bottle @ my brothers (Vac) & Abby’s (zug4abby) house warming party. Pours brown with a nice tan head. Fruity aroma backed with an assortment of malts. The flavor is stick sweet with fruits and chocolate. Medium body and nice & smooth!
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 05 bottle. thanks mgumby or solan, i think one of you brought this? if it was someone else thanks to you also! Licorice and anise on the nose, with some dark sugar. Pours dark brown. Smooth chocolate malt flavor! There was some hints of anise in the background and a
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark malty brown with a small white head. The aromas consist of some dark fruit, caramel, and candy sugar. Smells delicious. The taste was much the same. The sweetness just coats the palate fully, smooth caramel and fruity flavors coincide well together. Sweet, but not too much. Leaves a nice cinnamon flavor on the lips in the aftertaste. Excellent brew. Bravo.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown color with virtually non-existent white head. The aroma reminds me of Kasugai apple gumi fruit snacks from Japan (sort of too sweet apple, petrochemical, and bubblegum). Flavor is of toasted malt and caramel. A very nice beer with well balanced alcohol.
chicagobears (441) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle pours a hazy plum color. Aromas of prunes, oak tannin, brown sugar. Sweet and complex. Their seems to be an oak aged sourness to it. Lots of dark fruit, sugar coated dates and candy sugar. A bit of bitter chocolate in the end. Alcohol is well hidden.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 vintage bottle. Clear dark-ruby pour with small (quickly dissapating) tan head. Decent lacing is left on glass. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, figs, raisans, and light alcohol were noted. Highly, but not overly, carbonation. Medium bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Very long duration of finish. Alcohol warming is present (other than that the alcohol is almost not noticeable). One of the best I have had!
Theis (14664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2005 + 2007) at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Licorice, dried fruits, high carbonated, roasted, ryebread, raisins, sharp. A bit like the Christmas beer. 2005 edition is a bit softer than 2007, but no major difference. Not as fantastic as expected !!
malrubius (2241) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle in May 2007, from a Westmalle glass. My first rating, so gimme a break please. Notes of coffee and chocolate in aroma. (I need to eat some raisins and figs to know what they taste like, I guess.) Dark brown and nearly opaque. Beautiful fine beaded head and good lacing. Delicious flavors of chocolate, woodsy, with some winelike alcohol. Excellent mouthfeel, medium-to-full bodied yet smooth, thanks to reasonably low carbonation. A very enjoyable strong dark Belgian.