peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intens dark brown coloured beer with creamy off white head. Nose is malty, fruity (figgs) with roasted tones. Taste is rich and generous, it has notes of candi, dry fruits like figgs and plums, but also hints of toasted bread. Aftertaste is slight sweet and a little alcoholic, it ends with a slight roasted bitterness, some alcohol burn and some hops.
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 (2082) - 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 (14246) - 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.