daveshawley (25) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark nearly opaque amber with a nice pale head. Aroma is very fruity, a mixture of raisin, molasses, and maybe cherry? This beer is lively but not over-carbonated - it had a steady stream of bubbles throughout.
Taste is intense. A heavy alcohol mixed with sour cherry and yet a little on the sweet side. Body is heavy, you can almost chew this one. Almost no bitter, not even at the end. The finish is a long lasting alcohol warmth.
I’m not one for tripels but this one is a keeper. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Overall, this is a really good example of a dark tripel.
laakus (22) - Nossebro, - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark Brown colour with a light brown long lasting head. Nose is sweet and fruity somewhat plummy. Taste is typhically sweet as it goes for these belgian strong ales. With a warm alcohol finish. Less complex than fex rochefort 10 though less sweet.
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear ruby-brown colour, fine head and correct lacing, prune and malt in the nose, very yeasty/bready, sweet and full-bodied, some bitterness in a slightly dry finish, long aftertaste of malt, alcohol and bread; very powerful - this beer has been one of my old-time top ten but I don’t love it as much as I used to
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle poured in a Grimbergen chalice.
A: Beautiful dark red amber to brown color with a one or two fingers beige head. Good retention. Not much lacings (served quite cold and enjoyed in my balcony :))
S: Lovely smell. Sweet. Caramel and roasted malts followed by dark fruits and Belgian yeasts
T: Complex taste. Very good. Bitter-sweet Belgium style. Toffee and caramel. You can feel the alcohol but not much considering the high ABV. Dark fruits (plums and grapes). Hoppy bitter end
M: Pleasant. Medium carbonation and again, balanced alcohol taste. Very nice bitter end
D: Very good despite of the high ABV. Very "Belgium" dark ale. Strongly recommend
[ BA Review @ 1/28/2010 ]
Derbeth (341) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with expiry date 23.10.2015. Dark brown colour, small head. Aroma is complex, more fruity than in similar Belgian beers, with figs, bread, alcohol. Medium sweetness. Lively carbonation. Alcohol does not disturb. Good one.
Holmen1 (2546) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra flaske på Mandag i annen, Cardinal okt-14: højt skum! Klar rubinfarge under dette. Vidunderlig aroma - den dufter som bringebæråkeren på Vølstad. Harmonisk og balansert fra første øyeblikk. Som å begrave seg i en edderdunsdyne.
adamnowek (136) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Foams up with extreme ease to the extent that it can be hard to pour from the bottle. Deep amber colour. Very thick on the tongue and quite sweet. Boozy. Not really sure what the big deal is about this beer unless you like them strong.
tandembrauer (149) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours amber with little head. Aroma of ripe fruits, esters, bananas, sweet, highly carbonated.
lachneger (317) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber honing kleurig bier met een witte schuimkraag. Rooibos honing zoete smaak. Gedronken op pokeravond Jeroen.
katrinaez (67) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep amber color. Rich taste. Thick and slightly sweet. Always a good go to. No harsh taste like some darks, but also not under rated.
kustie (172) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown and red color with white head. Sweet malt and ripe fruit in aroma. Sweet taste with quite low bitterness. Flavors of chocolate, raisin, belgian yeast, caramel, roasted malt and alcohol. Nice strong beer but a bit too sweet for me.