ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a unique beer, and very tasty! It pours a cloudy deep maroon with huge frothy beige head with spicey aroma. The taste is full of sweet toffee and dry fruits with a balanced tartness.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enticing white glass bottle with a rather hefty price tag attached. Captivating opaque brown color, thick tan head and real nice crazy lacing. This looks great. Dark fruits, yeast, and a heavy dose of sugar permeate the air above the glass. There is a blatant alcohol nose associated with the aroma as well letting you know that this glass will take some time. Sweet and gritty on the palate with a huge alcohol burn, sturdy would be an understatement in describing this beer. Flavor comes across as a Belgian beer mixed with a sweet dry red wine. Plenty of grapes and plums with a big Belgian yeastiness. Musty and flavorful, fairly sweet with that already familiar alcohol harshness. This is a big beer in all aspects, pretty darn good but too pricey to be a regular.
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great malty aroma, pours opaque, with some deep red around the edges. Great beer, really one you can feel in your mouth. Citrucy after taste.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deliciously complex beer, full of spicy alcoholic warmth. A beautiful beer for cold nights.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Invitingly sweet-smelling, with toffee-caramel aromas and some dates too. Color is a bit on the mousy side and looks a tad thinner than I remember...but it’s still a nice beer. Very good breadiness in the body, also raisins. Smooth and good.
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle (thanks, Acknud!) pours a beautiful chocolate brown with fluffy head. Medium sized bubbles interspersed with big, sticky ones, leading to significant lacing as the head recedes. This 10.5% ABV is not hidden, but rather, quite "in your face." Aroma of sweet, mellow malt is overtaken by the bitter taste of alcohol in front palate. But this burn mellows to a toffee sweetness followed by yeast and a finish of bitter chocolate and malt. This one has a definite kick and is not for the weak at heart. This would be a beautiful beer for a nice cold evening in front of the fireplace
BREWMUSKCLES (2530) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong alcohol taste right out of the bottle! but gratefully that settles down fast. mellow indeed! creamy slick and nice honey/vanilla tone in there. earthy and spirited this is a belgium brew that is just nice and different enough. easy on the traditional belgian spice. and infused with that wonderful sweetness that truly grows on you. soft carbonation...gonna have to re-rate this. nice nice brew.
b33r (830) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice dark ruby in color with small foamy cream head and good lacing. Aroma is strong, malty and fruity. Full body, very malty and sweet with notes of brown sugar. Nice hop finish. Alcohol is evident but blends well.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz Bottle - Pours a dark brown/rubyish color with a good, long-lasting head and mild lacing. Aroma is malt, sweetness, light fruit, and undertones of alcohol. Taste is strong, robust, malty, sweetmess, and slight alcoholic aftertaste. Pretty good brew, but also pricey @ $18 for a four pack.
marvelred21 (6) - USA - JUL 29, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle... poured a dark nut brown color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is strong with sweet malts and fruit with a mild smell of alcohol. The flavor is strong with dark fruits, figs and plums and brown sugar. Sweet malts and alcohol are very strong, but complimented by the fruit and brown sugar. Overall, a very good ale.