thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - MAR 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top 3 beer for me, I especially loved the one I had that I let age for half a year, can’t wait to have my next one in a couple of years! Belgian Strong Ale that is dominated by the warm alcohol feel and a complex mix of yeast, malt, caramel, and dark fruits. My second bottle was heavy in prune, plum and dates in its flavour, with a caramel and warm aroma. A sipper to be sure, but one that never feels overbearing. Those who prefer their beers a little less sweet might not like this beer as much as I do, but this remains one of my favourites.
Bobblehead (22) - Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer, 750 ml bottle, poured into Trappist glass, dark brown beer with minimal tan head, caramel, slight sweetness, strong alcohol, a fantastic beer.
Alengrin (936) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Luxury version of the famous Classic, brewed every year in February and bottled in 75 cl bottles with cork. Yellowish beige, regular, delicate and not very stable head, bronze colour. Aroma of candied fruits, cherries, Belgian chocolates, port wine, amaretto, maraschino, honey, marzipan, liquorice and in the beginning an ethereal spicy smell of cloves and aniseed. Candied cherries in the mouth, candi syrup, honey, deep caramelly maltiness, very vinous, port-like, drying in the finish due to the alcohol, even a little bit wry. Still a great beer with interesting ageing potential. Older versions were less strong, less spicy and closer to the old Gouden Carolus Classic; and should have had separate entries here.
DwarfeD (885) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle at home. Dark brown with a medium off-white head with low retention. Full body with low carbonation. Sweet with herbal bitterness. Dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, brown sugar and warming alcohol. A complex quality brew.
mikske79 (1096) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Zo’n typische smaak dat sommige mensen dit heel lekker zullen vinden, maar het was niets voor mij
Muggus69 (1163) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL corked bottle 2013 vintage BB 05/12/2023
Deep ruby body, bright edges, good dense creamy tan head persists.
Dark Belgian candy sugar dominates the nose; earthy, treacle-y, burnt toffee with undertones of bitter chocolate combining with spicy dark fruits, port, clove, pepper & prunes.
Very rich, alludes big alcohol without being hot or fusel, creamy carbonation, velvety smooth on the palate.
Lots of dark, burnt sugars on the palate, plummy dark fruit esters, peppery clovey phenolics, dried fruit undertones - its all there. Hangs on the finish, drying, warming, low bitterness, lingering earthiness.
Seriously decadent stuff, a sipper, but tremendous.
StoutHead (611) - DENMARK - AUG 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours an unclear ruby red color with practically no head. Very little aroma except for a few whiffs of caramel and...freshness. Taste is something entirely else though - malt, caramel, dark ripe fruits, molasses, yeasts and alcohol. Very sweet and vinous with a full body and low carbonation and a sugary and fruity aftertaste. Pretty heavy stuff. Reminds me a bit of the Gulden Draak. Very good.
Wittales (632) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance was cloudy brown with diminishing tannish tiny head, no lacing. Aromas are plum, sweet cherry, fig, toffee, molasses and ester yeasts. Taste are plum, fig, date, cherry, caramel, molasses, maple and warming alcohol. Palate was silky smooth medium-full body with soft CO2, then deep glorious fruits build a great finish. A Gem, try it with age.
Percy0103 (157) - MEXICO - AUG 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 750ml. A dark ruby beer with a big creamy head. Color is darker (almost completely dark) at the top. Aroma is of cinammon, alcohol, almond and dry fruits. Taste is bitter and somewhat sweet at the same time. It has a strong alcohol finish, yet it is never unpleasant or out of balance. Dense, rich and very complex. A great beer indeed.
JEprado1 (9) - - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Grandiosa cerveza, color obscuro, retención baja por la cantidad de alcohol, aromas intensos esteres frutales, notas a toffe, caramelo, melasa. Nuez, paladar completo..,
electrotype (210) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Au nez c’est sucré et riche. La Chimay bleue me vient immédiatement en tête. Des notes de cassonade, de raisins secs. En bouche, c’est très peu pétillant, pratiquement "flat". C’est une bière qui se boit par contre très bien pour son 11% ABV, une bière qui réchauffe et qui est parfaite pour une soirée froide d’hiver. Par contre, ce n’est pas mon style préféré et je ne boierais pas cela à chaque jour... C’est trop sucré et un peu trop mince à mon goût.