bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy light brown with a small head of smaller bubbles. Aroma is sweet dried fruit. yeast and a bit of alcohol. Mouth feel is surprisingly thick for a triple. The flavor is where this ale shines. Multiple fruit flavors dance around the tongue with raisin, apricot and maybe a touch of banana. Rich, sweet bread flavors follow. The alcohol is almost completely hidden besides the nice burn going down your throat. A really great ale.
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trappist glass. Pours deep burgandy brown with a frothy head. Aroma of toffee, raisinsm and yeast. Taste of dark fruits, bananas, and yeast. Full mouthfeel. Excellent beer, although the aftertaste has a slight metallic taste to it.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick brown pour with some white head. Nice fruity aroma, some hints of cream and milk. Strong alcohol-grainy flavor, but also sweet. Some fruit and grape flavors. Just way too much alcohol taste. Good not great.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum raisins! A sweet and thick Belgian, just how I like ’em! A perfect specimen for my 100th rating! On tap at the BURPCASTLE!
BeerFanDan17 (1080) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent ale on draft at a local beer bar. Flavors were fruity and creamy and reminiscent of the Belgian Ale style. Very good beer.
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy to murky brown with a lacing tan head. Light earthy aroma with a minor note of caramel. Flavour is extremely sweet and with solid flavour of caramel malt. Dried fruit notes appear just before and into the finish.
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a huge frothy off white head. Smells of ruit and alcohol. Much sweeter than I would expec for a triple, but the sweetness suits the flavor of plums well. Mouthfeel is great...thick, but not syrupy, and lots of carbonation. This is a very good ale.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful dark orange/brown colored pour with a creamy off white head that lasts to the bottom and sticks to the sides in a pillowy fashion. aroma of caramel, ripe fruit, light yeast and an alcohol sting. the palate is a bit on the sweet side but bearable given the whole package... raisins, alcohol, yeast and a lightly herbal (hops?) burn. medium in body but borderline sticky mouth feel. alcohol cuts through to make it very drinkable...
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked, baled, and foiled. Man, they really get into the packaging, don’t they? Looks nice, but a little over the top (yeah, I know, dozens of special releases look even more outlandish).
Anyway, ok--pours a verrrrry dark brown that’s still crystal clear if you get enough light behind it. Thick, creamy, moussy tan head that just goes and goes--you can pour til 2" overflow the top without losing a drop, or you can wait 10 minutes, or something in between.
Nice nose, brown bread and sweet malty goodness, above average intensity but not a room-filler. Medium, creamy body, with some sparse but fairly tingly tiny carb. Nice mouthfeel--not the velvet of a Rochefort 10, but a bit more refreshing for it, so pick your poison on the day.
The mid-palate isn’t exactly a maelstrom of complexity, but it’s delicious: brown bread, nut, a bit of dark pitted tree fruit. Seems to contain no alcohol at all judging by the tongue, which is astonishing. Mild bready finish. Lovely stuff.
I’d forgotten just how good it was, and have taken it for granted all this time. Great beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark, chocolaty brown with a slight violet or crimson tint. A massive, frothy, cream colored head settles slowly to a small blanket, leaving huge, clumpy, cloud-like lacing on the glass. The aroma is massively sweet, malty, and fruity. Huge notes of dark raisons and prune juice sweeten the already candy-like dark caramel and cream malt base. Nutmeg and clove are present as well, adding spicy depth. The flavor is again intensely sweet. This is basically like a dessert beverage. Concentrated raisons dominate, with figs, plums, and well past ripe bananas each adding their own sugary layer. The thick, syrupy, overly cloying body completes the sugar rush. This is a tasty enough brew, but a few ounces after dinner would be more than enough. Ultimately, its just too sweet for anything other than an occasional few sips.