XaenDovet (1239) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Muddy, dark brownish red. Minimal cap. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, tootsie roll. Taste is sweet. Palate is initially creamy, relatively clean, develops a soft stickiness from a medium carbonation.
RLiddell (79) - Valrico, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up at the brewery. Pour is typical for a Belgian strong, dark and rich. Nose is a bit sweet, dark fruits, spice. Taste is malt forward with the taste of multiple dark fruits. Complex. Very nice Belgian strong.
JohnGalt1 (1074) - , Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very nice clear chestnut amber... tan head had decent retention and good lacing.
The nose is pretty good... apples stewed with some brown sugar.. hints of clove.. light toffee.. maybe something that I can associate as citrus zest.. The aroma dries out with warmth and that reveals even more complexities... a bit figgy and some peppery notes.. EtOH is there, but soft and perfumy.
Flavor mirrors the nose... but there is a bit of cocoa there mid palate that accentuates the toffee and fruitiness... on the tongue, more pear than apple.. maltiness becomes thicker and more clinging with a lot of warmth... it helps really tie things together.. figgy/raisin box notes.. no real stone fruits is a little bit surprising, though not a big deal... a bit sweet IMHO, but the drier finish makes up ground.
Could stand to have a bit more bubble.. the palate though is damn good.. medium with a medium carbonation.
Patersoi (84) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Belgian bouquet. Upfront sweet caramel and even banana followed by dark fruit cake. Chocolate orange comes along for the ride toward the finish with a distinctive floral undertone.
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ljthiessen (910) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear mahogany pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is raisin, plum, a little spicy... Really interesting. Taste is sweet and rich, raisin and a bit of rum, caramel, earthy. A lot going on.
willisread (1304) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Watering Hole. Fairly clear deep copper with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Brown sugar, molasses, toffee, rum raisin, dried apricot and alcohol notes abound. Boozy on the palate and super sweet. The candied sugar really stands out. Belgian-like but messy. Too boozy, with a strong alcohol finish and some roasted caramel notes.
mR_fr0g (6542) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Brewdog bristol. Aroma is tart red cranberry, sweet unrefined sugars, raisin, little raisin, nutty and tangy berry. Flavour is composed of nutty, cakey malts, boozy dried fruits, sweet unrefined sugars. Palate is pretty sweet verging on cloying, moderate carbonation. Lingering unrefined sugars and low Belgian yeast character.
BrewTom (510) - - SEP 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In BrewDog Bristol. A fresh tasting strong ale without the Belgium twang. Burnt toffee, raisins & cake.
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DuffMan (8320) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at game night. Very dark brown, copper highlights, light tan head. Lovely dark chocolate and figgy fruit profile, pleasant esters without too much sweetness. Better than expected.
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque dark copper/ brown with a beige head. Aroma is some liquorice with raisins. Flavor is subdued with some prunes, raisins and molasses, not very belgian. Heavy palate, very filling.