mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 2000 Vintage. Hazy brown-orange colour with a small white head. The aroma is perfumey, flowery, with plenty of caramel, butterscotch, and a bit of alcohol. Anise flavour, sugar, sarsaparilla, and slight harshness in the finish. Also a bit quick and bready in the finish.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 2006 vintage - via my secret santa - Pours dark brown with a large creamy tan head that fades back to about an 8th of an inch but laces the trappist glass in sheets. Aromas of caramel, toffee, prunes, figs, raisins, and light roast. Flavor is prunes, raisins, toffee, caramel, a little black liccorice, and a little oak. Smooth soft silky palate with some lingering fruity sweetness in the finish. Pretty nice brew...
DuffMan (7461) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2006 vintage. Deep red-amber with a big beige head. A huge range of aromas, quite phenolic, caramelized bananas, bugglegum, burnt toffee, and figs are all prominent. Very rich flavourful palate with all of the complexities of the aroma combined together; sweet but tempered with a mildly bitter finish. Some espresso toastiness in the finish as well. I think this is perhaps the best belgian strong Iíve had yet.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006: We were sampling the 2000 edition on this day. Pours cloudy, deep amber brown in colour, with no head to speak of. Aroma of black licorice, cherries, and plums. All three come through in the flavour alongside a nice oak flavour and lots of alcohol. Very nice.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml 2006 bottled. Labled as 10% alcohol. Dark brown color with full brown head. Sweet toasted malt aroma and taste with an alcohol warming taste.
Aegrus (49) - USA - DEC 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Tulip. Pours dark brown beer with a fading light tan head. Smells of raisins, chocolate and plums. Flavor is sweet, with toasty malts, chicory, caramel and spice. Carbonation feels a little sharp. Otherwise, the palette is round, full and right for the style.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown body. Plum and tootsie roll chocolate in teh aroma along with some peppery alcohol. The flavor sweetens up with dried fruit and chocolaty sweetness and a certain powdered sugar sweetness. Good mouthfeel. An enjoyably sweet Belgian.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bottle. Ruddy brown in color with a light head. Tempting aroma, fresh, vinous, spicy with a caramel raisin note. Effervescent on the tongue with a sharp but lingering malt-raisin-prune sourness. Medium body. Alcohol warms my belly without being obvious on the tongue. A solid and substantial beer worthy of the Emporerís attentions.
mjg74 (2660) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Market. 2006 bottle, 10%. Pours a dark ruby color with a little bit of foam. Strong sweet aromas of candy and dark fruits. Some banana and bubblegum as well as marshmellow. Smooth silky mouthfeel. A little spicy up front with a hint of yeast. Some raisin. Alot of dark fruits. Finish is dark and roasty with a hint of alcohol. Very nice beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep mahogany with amber highlights. Nice, creamy head of beige that leaves intricate lacing. Aroma of damp wood with spices and bitter fruit. Dull spices, notably coriander and nutmeg, greet the imbiber. Earthy flavors linger in the finish. Flavors are spread evenly; each is given its own turn to shine and gracefully bows to the next when its time is up. Great Belgian.