slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"vintage 2007, sampled Feb 2010. dark mahagony-brown with thin tan head. aroma fairly strong of figs, tobacco, leather , spices, and a bit of yeast, sweet malt, a touch of hops...and some alcohol as it warms to room temp. the cork smelled more of tobacco chocolate and leather, and if that aspect would have been more prevelant in the actual beer, i’d have been a happy camper. still very nice as it was. the body was just about right. fairly highly carbonated, but not overdone, like so many belgians, and the big body stood up to it pretty well. the flavor had many of the same aspects of the aroma, with a warming effect from the alcohol. lingering finish. the 07 was pretty soft around the edges, but I would like to hold onto one for another 2-3 years and see what it does."
saintjulien (163) - - OCT 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
toast, brown, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish
solvaris (107) - - OCT 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sehr Malzig, vollmundig, weltklasse
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired ---
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csaso (1464) - Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - good size creamy head, nice dark amber color, nice fruity spice aroma and flavor, sweet malt backbone, Belgian complexity, very good overall
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ABS (554) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolets BU. Jaargang 2014. Dark brown, with a surprisingly big, tan head. Sweet. Low, but fizzy carbonation. Thick body. Plum, raisin, liquorice, leather, some malt and chocolate flavour. Needs some air after opening. Very good beer, even though I’m not a big fan of liquorice flavour in beers.
BrewBoxer (2156) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at cedar local NYC. Pours a deep dark thick purplish color. Boozy taste with a raisin plum finish. Pretty decent and easier drinking then I expected
darrennelson12 (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle - 2013 (beer temple/Brussels); pours a dark brown. Aroma of raisin’s, fruit and honey ... when cold the alcohol really comes thought but warmer, it is well hidden .. great beer .. quite enjoyed this one and would buy again
ration (1971) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
110914. Bottle at home. Pours dark amber with a nice head. Aroma Belgian yeast, raisins, licorice. Ripe fruit raisiny taste. Sweet malty body. Very nice overall. Not Bad.
andriesradu (514) - ROMANIA - SEP 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark red/brown with a small white head. Aromais sweet with notes of caramel, alchool,plums,apples. Flavor is very complex; heavy sweet in the begining followed by some notes of caramel, light chocolate, nuts?, dark fruits, light yeast. Excelent.
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - SEP 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-6-13-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut-mahogany color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a small tannish colored head that forms on the surface of the brew. The head fades very slowly over time, leaving a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is sweet of dark fruits, with a big dose of prune and raisin as well as a small amount of cherry. Mixed with the sweet fruit is a caramel and candied sugar aroma as well. While heaviest in the sweeter aromas there are other nice aromas present as well. An oaky and woody aroma as well as a nutty aroma meld well with the fruit sweet aromas. When all are mixed with a nice boozy rum like smell, a very pleasingly sweet and warming smell is put forth.
Taste – The taste begins with the big dark fruit aromas detected in the nose. Raisin, prune, cherry and fig all show up big at the start and are mixed with a bit of a roasted malt and vanilla. Some light yeasty notes bring with them a light banana and spice flavor more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the yeasty tastes so too comes a light caramel sweetness as well as a little bit of a woody taste. More toward the end a light booziness, much lighter then what would be expected from the nose, is sensed by the tongue. Overall a nice sweet and robust lightly warming flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a Belgian strong dark of 11% abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are nice for the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew and make this one a little too easy to drink even though it is at 11 % abv.
Overall – A rather nice Belgian strong dark with a big sweet dark fruit flavor and a nice lighter boozy and yeasty spiced flavor that rounds out the sweet well when mixed with a lighter malty taste. It is overall quite enjoyable.