dmac (5093) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a slightly murky brown with red hghlights and a huge white head that left lacing down the entire glass. Aroma is sweet malt with dark fruits and only a hint of alcohol coming through. Flavor is excellent with dark fruit, belgian yeast, and where I would expect some peppery spiciness it instead is a pleasant sweetnes. Great beer overall.
Maria (10198) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a huge, nice and lasting head. The aroma is malty with lots of dark fruit, nuts and alcohol. The mouthfeel is oily and full. The flavour is sweet with notes of alcohol, dark fruits (figs, raisins and more) and the finish is rahter dry. The overall impression is rather heavy, but nice.
nearbeer (4481) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 330 ml. Pours dark brown-red, with a huge bubbly, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is brandy and raisins. Taste is mostly alcohol with some spicy hops and dark fruit-gum sweetness mixed in. Palate is dry, very tongue-tingling and medium-bodied. Quality brew, but I prefer the alcohol not so "revealed" in a beer.
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 One of my favoured beers. A very nice dark ale. Although it is 10,5 % you do not taste the alcohol of this good bodied bier. A must for every beer lover
3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330cl bottle. Medium dark brown colored body with a toasty tan colored head. Lovely soft peppery brown sugar yeast nose, creamy and full texture, smooth and chewy. Lightly peppery brown sugar and cream flavor, heavy with the yeast esters, some toffee, vanilla and wood. A wonderful Belgian ale.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is strong enough that I can feel where I bit my cheek! The alcohol is obvious and it almost has a listerine quality but luckily it has some dark raisin toffee flavors which make it interesting. I don’t find it too thick, more like a medium texture with residual dryness that seems to distract me from the fruit flavors which are moving around. Where does the wood flavor come from? If I was a monk fasting for Lent, I could see where this one has vitamins and nourishment or perhaps the alcohol would make me forget my hunger?
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass, deep amber with a medium tan head. The aroma was of malt and dark fruit. There was a lot of sweetness up front in the taste, with plum and fruit and malt. There was an off-putting after taste that I could not quite put my finger on.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours toffee brown with two finger off white head...lacing present. A good representation of this style. Medium dry to sweet flavor. A nice representation of the style. Complex brew. Alcohol well hidden.
spectrex26 (9) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark red brown with large, lasting head. Doughy scent at first, sweet, malty like a caramel, with a lighter hop smell. The flavor is sweet, bit of wood, and what came off as date or raisin. The yeast is also present of course. Not bad overall. Sweet finish with a sweet dried fruit flavor.
LinusStick (3074) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Dark orange pour with a thick pillowy tan head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Taste was a beautiful (dare I say) medely? of dark fruit and yeasty malt kick. Nice thick mouthfeel that coats your throat. Almost tastes creamy. Spices and sugar in the aftertaste.