oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, ABV listed at 10%, best by 3/2011. Large off-white head atop hazy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, some nut. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, prune/alcohol, some raisin. Soft medium-full body.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color with dark golden ruby edges when held to a light source and a foamy bubbly off-white head that slowly fizzles away into a thin lasting cap and ring.
Spicy, estery aroma with a lot of dark fruit notes countered by slightly toasty malt notes. Hints of raisin, plum, fig and grape as well as some peppery zest. Slight alcohol heat and subtle earthy tones.
Softly carbonated and subtly spicy up front with a lot of estery dark fruit notes from the Belgian yeast and sweet caramel malts. Slightly peppery with slight corriander presence alongside a lot of dark fruit notes, especially raisin, plum, fig, grape and dark cherry. This is countered slightly by the dark malts but they also provide a sweetness that hides the high ABV, making this beer very drinkable. A bit too sweet for my liking but pretty solid overall.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Hazy, very dark reddish brown with a smallish, firm and beige head. Caramely-malty aroma with ripe fruit (prunes mostly), and a touch of sweet licorice. Flavor is slightly homebrewish, but with licorice, caramely malt, peppery spiciness, and dried fruit coming along in a moment. Hides the alcohol reasonably well, yet some burning remains, and leaves your lips sticky. Medium body with slightly foamy, but soft carbonation. A quite pleasant and balanced strong ale. Itís sad this brewery is out of business, as this one was quite good. Iíll drink to that!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Spicy cloves, ginger and pepper. Lighter fruity esters candi sugar, nutty caramel and bananas. Good brew.
LilBeerDoctor (3508) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small, foamy tan head. Aroma of lots of spices (pepper, clove, and lots of others I canít recognize), water chestnut. Flavor is equally spicy upfront with a nice malty backbone. Pleasant and easy to drink. Another nice BSA from La Botteresse.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma very spicy, herbal, dry. In the flavor more fruits become apparent (banana, apple), as well as sweet malt, rounding out the very nice spicing. Very tasty.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewed in Belgium....... Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice foamy off white head. Aroma of earth, malts and some spices. The taste is much of the same with addition of some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is medium in body and the 9.5% is well hidden. Overall, not bad and pleasant to drink.
gunnar (5975) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle, pours dark brown with a big offwhite head, which diminishes fast. Rather sweet malty aroma.Sweet taste with caramel and spices. Low bitterness
Wim (2996) - Weelde, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
brown coloured body with a diminsching off white head a herby spicy aroma a herby spicy malty taste with a alcholic bitter finish