MiP (12873) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Sweet peppery flavour. Pruney, dried fruit notes. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.
saxo (12796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice big tan head with good duration. Color is brown. Good aroma of malt, fruits and spices. Taste is likewise.
cgarvieuk (12314) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown red colour ... big foam head ... Rich soft malt nose ... Malt with little spirit mouth feel ... hints of coffe and liquorish.
Theis (12166) - 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.
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Odd, I always though I’d had this, but evidently not. Deep ruby, bubbly beige head. Malty aroma. No real alcohol burn. Big malty beer, that does carry it off, just a bit of heat on the end. Good raisiny fruit, bit of vinous fruit, some Belgian yeast. Impressive. Took an hour to drink mind you.
yngwie (11782) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked. A hazy reddish dark orange-golden beer with a lasting beige head. Some cellar and alcohol in the aroma, but dried fruits and dark sugars are more evident. Full-bodied and almost sticky sweet in the mouth, quite warming from the alcohol. Sweet flavor with dried fruits, some cellar and dark sugars. Caramel too. Nice bitterness to support the sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as the trappists, but a very nice one. Maybe a bit warm, but I like it. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8 (081205)
Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. It pours a bit unclear, orange-brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Sweet nose with some caramel and roasted malt, and spices and more sweetness. Nice, sweet flavor, with spices and caramel. Fullbodied, lovely beer. (061229)
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a large beige creamy head. Had a bountiful aroma of yeast and fruit. Smooth mounthfeel and flavors of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and raisins make this brew quite the treat.
TBone (11379) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (BB 06/2007)
Dark portwine-like ruby color, big cloudy, tanned head, lace. Caramelly, a bit roasted aroma with some hayish hoppyness. Carbonated crisp mouthfeel. Toffeeish, liquerish, caramelly but not overly sweet as alcohol cuts sweetness nicely. Some hoppy notes in the finish. Long warming bitter aftertaste. Maybe not the most complex Belgian strong ale but this is really delicious!
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet raisiny and caramel aroma, tinged by light smell of alcohol. Flavor is sweet, spicy, apple, raisin, caramel, and richly alcohol. Good stuff!
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2000
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 Opaque med-brown; light brown head; aroma of alcohol, chocolate, raisin, baked apples. Creamy texture, milk chocolate balances with some alcohol heat. Yeast, vague fruit notes. A simple beer whose popularity continues to confound me. To each his own I guess.
2 years old: Opaque cherrywood. Inch thick mocha head - impressive given the age and strength of this brew. Vague dark fruits, earth, caramel, malts and alcohol (esp. as it warms). Drinks like a warm Frosty spiked with brandy - sweet, thick, oily, sugary, vaguely fruity (gooseberry, plum, pear), artificial chocolate. Finishes too timid unless it is warm in which case alcohol attacks.