chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap @McMenamin’s - Dark red-brown pour with light tan head that quickly vanishes. Strong aromas of malt and sugars with a slight resiny hop aroma. Flavor is big body, malt and candy sugars (but not overly sugary or sweet). Strong alcohol sensation more than tastes. Long complex finish of dried dark fruits, cherries, and raisins.
Brandman (2271) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown body, light brown head. Aroma has cola, bread and chocolate and still noble hops comes through. Alcohol is present. Belgian yeast, which in this case is one of the best strains. Carolus has such wonderful charasteristics. Flavour is without alcohol, but has roastiness and raisins with really nice dark bready malt. Huge beer.
Bedni (282) - POLAND - APR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: malty, sweet, a bit roasted plums, cherries, little cacao, coca-cola
color: very dark brown, almost black, clear
medium body, very smooth
taste, a bit alcohol, but not very agressive, its intense sweet, like Porto-wine
nice to taste something COMPLETLY different than ipa, or beer in general (not belgian way ;) )
Peter_L (1020) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB, inköpt 2013. Massiva dofter av mörk fruktkaka och torkade dadlar, fikon, apelsinskal och sultanrussin. Söt smak där föregående fruktbord åter igen gör sig påmind. Mycket fyllig munkänsla med en härlig eldighet från alkoholen.
Mlacko (2) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 10, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Since 2004, it is on my favorite list:)
from Year to year i taste difference, and it looks it will be never repeated taste of 2004/2005.
in any case, wort of tasting.
klm1 (328) - - APR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown oily colour with redish. Aroma of dark chocolate, hops, malts, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, little presence of vanilla. the same is the taste. Alcohol is notable but is also very well hidden. Overall Very good beer.
sonnycheeba (4078) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, dark fruit notes, faint chocolate, and faint oak. Flavor is smooth dark fruits, chewy malt profile, light vanilla sweetness, and faint woody notes. Medium body.
Frothmeister (619) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a one finger tan head. It smells amazing. I can say with sincerity that I’ve never smelled a beer like this before. Molasses, raisin, serious red wine notes, alcohol, hazelnut, walnut, brandy, black licorice, and the "original" flavour of Ricola. As for taste, sweet with heavy raisin notes, LBV port, black licorice, light hazelnut, a light cinnamon note and some definite alcohol that turns into very surprising Dutch style licorice heavy flavours, port, and some dried fruit in the finish. This beer is a beast. Good, too damn good.
beerlover500 (8) - BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drank the 2013 edition yesterday, bought few years back at the brewery.
Must say that the taste only got better. Still a top beer!
nihtila (1279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
28.5.2014. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, plums, dark fruits, fig, malts and warmth of alcohol. Taste is sweet, still plums and brown sugar, dark fruits, malts, some raisin. Quite soft. Great Belgian strong ale.
dhatton (125) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 vintage for my 100th rating. Pours dark brown body with a tint of auburn. Loose tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a decent amount of sticky patches of foam. Scents of dark fruits, sweet breads, molasses, and candied nuts. Thick, sweet aroma laced with vanilla, some brandy qualities are also present. Taste is of raisins, ripe apples, toffee, and sweet malts. Alcohol is hidden well. Somewhat dry, tart finish. Fantastic beer, very drinkable.