nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle at La Trappe, price reduced to $18 since it’s out of season.
Excellent appearance - clear deep reddish-brown with a large frothy off-white head and thick lacing. A beautiful beer.
Sweet and fruity aroma. Lots of caramel and toffee malt notes, plum, prune, and cherry, and Belgian yeast.
Flavor starts off with sweet caramel malt and fruity notes, along with Belgian yeast, earth, and tobacco. It’s not too exciting at first, but there is an extra dimension to it on the finish, where it gives you one last blast of toffee and sweet plums and cherries.
Somewhat sweet on the palate, but not too much so, with medium-full body and somewhat lively carbonation.
Overall, this is an excellent "dark tripel." Really enjoyed drinking this and finished most of the bottle myself since I was with a bunch of lightweights.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. 2006 vintage. Poured a woody brown in color with a tight, fluffy white head and a light fruity malt aroma. Flavor profile is very complex, yet soft and pleasing. The dominant flavors are summer fruits, yeasty bread, and aged tobacco. Really light, smooth mouthfeel and well rounded in body makes this one of my favorite belgian strong ales to date.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
In the 750 mL bottle from Dirty John’s Grocery. Pours a dark purple amber with a creamy and thick yellow ochre colored head. This beer’s appearance and its aroma are the best part. The aroma has a mild fruity blackberry raisin scent with an all too Belgian splash of cough medicine. The flavor was a bit of a disappointment as it seem rather bland and uninteresting with only a slight leather and tobacco. Would not have this one again.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottle. Muddy toffee color, I can’t tell if that’s yeast or bubbles lingering mid-glass. Sweet fruity malt flavor. Tastes like toffee and chocolate and dried fruit. Reminds me of a German fruit chocolate bar in flavor. Yummy.
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Smitty’s. Pours turbid brown w 3f owh. Nose is heavy Wheaties, BS, tart darkj cherry-like fruit. Tastes very malty, earthy, peaty, with cobwebby yeasty damp esters, not sweet but rather ESBish, with old moldy hops and old aleyness.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy deep amber coloured with a nice off white head. Aromas of dried fruit, yeast, berries, caramel and spices. Fruity and semi sweet flavour with notes of yeast and caramel. Tasty brew.
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - FEB 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, 75cl) Hazy, dark brown colour with a big and beige foamy head. Yeasty and distinctively blue-berry fruity aroma with notes of toasted malt and herbal hops in the background. Roasty bitter flavour with shades of vinous fruitiness, medium to full bodied with a calm, almost creamy carbonation. Moderately roasted malty and slightly fruity taste with notes of liquorice and traces of caramel; almost dry, roasty and moderately hop bitter finish. Good. 03.II.10
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderate malty aroma. Huge, frothy, off-white head. Clear, red brown body. Moderate bitter flavor, smoked and malty. Light to medium and watery palate.
evergreen0199 (2288) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought at Vanuxeem warehouse, Belgium. Deep red pour with a medium head. Malty, fruity aroma. Tastes fruity, malty, caramel, spices. A nice warming complex Belgian Christmas beer.
pivnizub (9166) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured, medium-sized, lacy and persistent off-white head; caramalt/malty and slightly fruity nose, combined with wine and liquorice; dry bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; dry roast-malty finish with a good dash of liquorice. Good and moreish.....