henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 1990 - Beautiful red brown body, clear very creamy beige head; A little age in an otherwise very beautiful nose of sweet tobacco, sweet lemon pie, ripe plum, sweet fresh prunes; The body is a bit thin but very balanced, big soft carbonation, soft thin texture; Long finish, a bit thin, slightly bitter, soft, lots of aroma, tobacco, plum and prune, the aromas of the finish are warmer and sharper then in the nose.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think bottle says BB end of 2008? Pours a very dark, almost black, garnet color with a huge, beige, creamy head; longevity is good and leaves sufficient lace. Nose is pleasant, but nothing to exceptional; can smell the anise and light corriander under a nutty, prune, cola base. Flavor is much of the same, nice but a bit on the simple side; prune, cola, and some chocolate and toffee with hints of the anise and corriander. A decent bitterness comes into the picture towards the end with a buttery, slightly floral tinge. Palate is medium, velvety, round, and soft, but does not leave a lasting feel on the tongue. Finishes quickly, ghostly almost, and a bit dry with lingering anise and floral bitterness. Not bad spiced Belgian, but really lacked depth and intriguing complexities. Spicing was done with good restraint and alcohol was very well hidden. Fairly well done, but pretty basic and nothing really stood out to make it great.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown tan head and good lacing. Great malty fruit nose along with that great Belgian yeast aroma. Sweet fruit taste with light caramel, toffee notes and dark fruits. Some nuttyness in this beer as well. Easy to drink and taste very nice.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB Apr 08). Immediate aroma of fruity spicy yeast almost like a strong but pale belgian beer. In the mouth the darker malts are very apparent with sweet toffee and caramel and plummy, raisiny depths. There is also some herby spicy flavours which dont feel entirely as if originated from hops. Delicate tartness in the finish which stops the sweetness becoming cloying but doesnt entirely prevent it becoming a bit much in the end.
HenrikSoegaard (10404) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Darkred amber colour. Heavy amlty light hoppy aroma. Very metallic. Moderate bitter flavor. Long nice bitter finish with fruity and chocolate notes. Oily palate.
Tejas (868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generally not my favorite style. I’m just not much into Belgians but I can recognize this is a solid ale. A 750ml becomes a bit sweet for me after awhile but it was good at first, especially when the good spicy flavors were coming through.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a taller slightly rocky beige colored head and a full curtain of lace. Quite aromatic with light fruit including pears, apricots and strawberries, fresh pipe tobacco and just a hint of cloves, mace and cinnamon. Lightly spicy start going right to a sweet spicy fruit cake. Spice adds flavor and a touch of warmth. Mild caramel, toffee and dark candi add the sweetness. I bumped the appearance up to a five as the lace completely coats the glass and there is still a full lid of bubbles 2/3 of the way done. As good as the flavors are, there does seem to be a lack of depth. Finish has a mild almond quality. This would warm and please the senses any cold winter night.
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with fine white lasting head. Sweet malty, caramel, spicy & yeasty. Full body. Little warmth from alcohol. Dark fruits & brown sugar. Good lacings and a long lasting end! Nice!
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark mahogany with a large fluffy/fizzy off-white head. Strong nose of sweet caramel and cinnamon, anise, cloves, a bit of bitter chocolate... the nose is pleasant but awfully pungent... almost too much so. Flavor is sweet and rich with similar flavors as the nose but perhaps not as striking. A bit of cloves and allspice mix in with some caramel and toffee sweetness, perhaps slightly syrupy, with a pleasant alcohol dryness that turns into a long dry finish. Body is full and a fizzy, maybe a bit too much, but still quite pleasant. Overall a nicely crafted Belgian that runs a bit on the assertive side but is still pleasant and refined enough to demonstrate the skill of its crafters and the history of its origins.
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a very dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, toffee, citrus, and some spices. Flavor is moderately sweet with dark fruits caramel malts, molasses and some brown sugar. Very tasty