MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle. Poured into my Gulden Draak snifter. Dark red/brown with an ample head. I could hear the fizzing as soon as I uncapped it. Smelled of caramel and berries. Had a nice sweet taste to it, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel was wonderful; so rich and creamy. As it warmed up I got more of a whiff and taste of the alcohol. Certainly to be expected in a brew with 10.5% alcohol. Though it cost a pretty penny at my local beer store, I’m glad I gave it a try. Great stuff, and who doesn’t love the bottle?
Re-rate: Definitely not as impressed as I was when I first had this. The flavor isn’t quite as nice as I remember it. At least the palate is still there.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a dark bown with a huge head. Nicely carbonated and very creamy. I enjoyed this beer more with each sip and suprisingly I did not find the alcohol too overpowering.
Aegrus (49) - USA - NOV 28, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lively carbonation is apparent in this cloudy orange-brown beer. Beige head is thick and fleeting. Aroma brings to mind sweet malts and hops resin. Notes of dates, raisins and caramel with a big malty finish and little bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little sloppy and bouncy. Decent and crisp, but a little light for the style.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Achel Duis abbey. Dark, creamy, full, lovely carbonation due to second fermentation. Lively mouthfeel, it just explodes in your mouth. Goes excellently with powerful cheese.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank in a trappist glass. Dark brown poor with a thick brown head. Aromas of blackberries, blueberries mostly wild berries. Sweet caramel / toffee, allspice completes the aromas. Perfect everything to the mouthfeel... obviously feel the alcohol @ 10.5%. What you smell is preaty much what you taste. Very creamy mouthfeel, thick fullness.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium (with fond memories of the 750 I drank last year). Brown body with ruby highlights. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, caramel and a little yeast. Flavor is a wonderful mixture of fruity and sweet... raisins, pears, toffee, molasses, caramel. The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely perfect IMO... thick and creamy with a nice warming alcohol presence.
TheJester (2053) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL really cool bottle from LCBO gift pack. Copper brown with crazy head. Smells like alcohol and pepper - better than it sounds. Brown sugar sweetness is balanced by sour fruit and hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is not obtrusive. Good stuff.
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ølbaren. Clear deep red - white head. High hoppy, dark fruits, berries, raisins, ryebread, licorice, high sweetness.
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown, thick tan head. nice sweet nose: honey, dark fruit, toffee, a bit alcoholic. flavor is nicely balanced, and there’s a rich, malty sweetness with but there’s a nice bit of (fruity?) bitterness (esp. grapefruit pith, unsweetened chocolate) to balance it out.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a deep amber, to chestnut brown color, with a thick, rich, creamy, tan head, and a vibrarant carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good sweet, carmel/toffee aroma, paired with estery fruity aromas, and peppery alcohol. The plate is firm, with lots of flavors going on. Carmel, toffee, brown sugar, pair with sour/estery fruity flavors of plum, raisin, and sour apple. This beer finishes with more excellent sweet/sour flavors, then ends with some warming, soothing, alcohol. Very flavorful, enjoyable beer. Makes for a great after work coctail, and a nice beer to sit and relax with.