b33r (740) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006, Nut brown color with small head and no lacing. Aroma was strong with nice fruitiness. Nice flavor, with some malt, but a little too much raisin and sourness. Simple, but good overall.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 2002 Bottle. Hazy Orange brown with a big creamy tan head. Complex earthy aroma with notes of spice, yeast, and dried fruit. Big sweet malt backbone with some spice. Some liquorice in the finish. Very little carbonation. Age has treated this beer nicely!
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 750 ml bottle (2006 version) poured into tulip glass. Color was a dark burgundy to brownish color. Sweet aroma of fruits and alcohol. AFor the most part tasted like it smelt (fruits and alcohol). A nice one to sip with friends who can appreciate a good Belgian ale. Canít wait to try the 2005 bottle I have aging
Edit::I have now had the 2005 edition and it was amazing. My all time favorite
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown colour with a light brownish head. Great sweet aroma of fruits (raisins) and nuts, which one very much also tastes in the flavour along with strong malt, spices, caramel and a good warmness from the alc. Exellent beer!
Beer5000 (5186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle (2006 vintage). Beautiful deep ruby red body with a tiny beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, dry fig, wood and alcohol. Flavor is syrup, dry fruit, roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. This is a full bodied and very flavorful beer. Itís complex, very sweet and lots of alcohol, and believe this alcohol is essential to balance the sweetness. A great beer, but Iím looking forward to sample my 2005 vintage from my cellar. I believe aging is a good thing for this beer.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always one of my favorites. I purchase this beer more often than any other. Best aged 9 months or more. Rated at the12 hour Belgian beer partyin Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever,with 70 bottled rare and expensive beers and 20 on draft.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass, deep ruby red if held up to the light. The aroma was of yeast, malt and fruit. The taste was a sweet mix of dark fruits, caramel and spices. Creamy mouthfeel. Fairly complex taste with little alcohol bite. I will have to buy another bottle and try it again around Christmas time. Very nice.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer hit my soft spot. It was truely amazing. Thick in body, very rich in flavor. Alot of different things going on at once. Fruity, and a bit nutty, very sweet. Smooth and not so carbonated. Alcohol taste was smooth. I already bought it again...
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml thanks to xnoxhatex sampled at "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" Blind Tasting 07. Clear amber color, with a fully diminishing head. Cookie, sweat, toffee, and cola make up the aroma ... sweaty cola. Medium bodied and syruppy. sweet brown sugar flavors, all spice, fruit, bananna, alcohol. Way too much alcohol, eww.. this was a disapointing surprise.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a St.B chalice.
Pours a brown color with a rose tint to it. Slight off white head that quickly recedes to nothing.
Smell is belgian candy sugar with some fruits and a bit of underlying alcohol. This bottle has held up incredibly well for being 7 years old.
Taste is incredible! This is a very good beer. You get more of the fruits in the taste. Especially what seems to be plums, and rum soaked raisins.
The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. This beer goes down a little too easy. This is a very good candidate for cellaring. One of the best, highly recommended.