beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Pours a mahogany brown but settles in the glass a blurry black with a dark cherry glow. Immense capping of orangey tinted ivory foam thats very smooth, thick, and fluffy. Sits without moving as it barely reduces itself to take on a thicker, cake batter appearance as the fluffyness dissolves into the foam. Lacing coats the glass in thick moth-holed sheeting all the while that cap hardly diminishes.
Aroma is of old, soggy, sugared banana bread thats dark, deep, and dull with slight plum, raisin, fig, and molasses soaking within the deepness. Quite deceptive on the nose as it seems to build while it sits and gets fairly deep and complexly so in that deepness. Nice little noting of spicy orange zest, cinnamon, and cardamom is evident as well.
Oh, my what incredible soaking smoothness and softness this stuff creates as it floats across the palate with amazing ease. Mild, dull flavors of dark fruit bread sink in with raisin, plum, dry fig, molasses, and soft citrusy orange notes that tender up a warming sense of spicyness with cardamom, cooked sugar, and raisin skins making for a lengthy finish. Middle has a creamy center of caramel, banana, and dark sugary sweetness. Its ever changing in its profile, sometimes more warming and spicy, other times, super tender and malty with dark dull sugary stuff. Wonderful play on the palate and on the mind.
Feel is perfect. Soft, supple, giving, full, smooth, warming, sweet, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of yum! Amazingly soft texture of sugared bread thats soaked in dark fruityness. Thereís even a slight hoppy, vitamin coated, citrus bittering that comes across within certain sips thats very intriguing.
The smoothness is incredible; top notch. The warmth will catch ya every time, nearly every sip in fact, which slows it down for enormously fine, big, sippage. Damn fine stuff!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle, which is 10%. Dark brown w/some ruby tints in it. Has a thin tight white head to it. Aroma has a sweet yeastiness to it, with some plum and brown sugar smells as well. Taste has some spice and pit fruit tastes. The finish has a nice mild sourness to it and a little heat from the alcohol, but itís subtle. Iíll be getting a few more of these to put away.
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 (2122) - 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 (715) - 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 isnít 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 canít get into the thick syrupy sweet flavor of many big belgian beers. I respect this beer, but donít 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 (2420) - GŲteborg, 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.