jcartamdg (1864) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a murky brown with no head. Aroma of malt, smoke and caramel. Taste is Belgian yeast, bananas, not much else, slight spices. Average at best.
ttroha (233) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Hazy brown with tan white head. Aroma of raisins. Taste of raisins and citrus. Heavy bodied with sweet raisin aftertaste.
JHeath99 (792) - - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Watson. Pours a dark brown with tan colored head. Aroma of caramel and dark fruit. Taste of dark fruit and spice.
Habanero (2443) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average, tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, dark fruits, caramel and spiice. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and soft carbonation. A nice ale indeed.
bwa5879 (601) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown nearly black thick pour with inch or so of oatmeal head. Nose of crisp brett, strong sour apple, and berries and figs. Lively carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel, crisp tingly finish that isn’t very dry. Taste is smokey, leathery, dark fruits, raisin, carmel/molasses, and figs are present, nice round robust sour mixed in. Amazing beer.
falco242 (236) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong belgian with a dark caramel pour. Lots of honey and caramel with a hint of spice on the front end. Defintely boozy on the back end but solid overall.
mnoud (271) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014.03.15 - Lost Abbey 10 Commandments - 750 ml bottle in motel clear plastic cup. Bottle seems to have a best before date but I’ll be damned if I can make it out.
Aroma: first impression: dark fruit, Belgian. raisin, caramel. 8/10
Appearance: Pours deep chestnut brown. Little if any red tones. Mostly opaque but a bit of light makes it through. A lot of carbonation, fully half the cup on each pour, and visible vigorous bubbles. Creamy caramel white head. 5/5
Taste: medium sweetness, raisins, honey is easy to miss but stands out a bit when you think about it. Nice. 8/10.
Palate: medium body, sticky, lively, long finish. 3/5
Overall: right up my alley. Belgian, honey, raisins? That’s got me written all over it. Not AMAZING but darn good. Too bad I can’t get these back East without shipping. Later note: there’s a bit of a licorice taste in there as it warms up. Similar to Gouden Carolus Noel. 17/20
trujahwarrior (504) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, pours a hazy brown color with a thick tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, dark malt, dark fruit and spices. Tastes of the same things in the smell with a boozy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy with good carbonation. Overall pretty good for a Belgian style strong dark ale. A lot of flavors which makes it interesting. Not over the top which is nice.
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is a mix of malty and fruity, with a mix of caramel and dark fruits, like dates. Taste is a little sweet up front, then finishes a bit sour. Kinda heavy on the palate.
GoufCustom (748) - HONG KONG - MAR 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml cork bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Looks: Cloudy hazy dark brown colour with some dirt- like yeast sediments; One finger head with beige foam which last for 90 seconds; Excellent, very sticky lacing and notable small carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet bready malt which can be smelt a feet away, with honey, raisins, strong barnyard, sugar, caramel, strong Bel yeast, spices, and very herbal hops.
Taste: Pleasant sweet full roast malt, with intensely rich honey, rum raisins, and smokiness, followed by rich coffee, chocolate, warm alcohol, sugar, Brett, Bel yeast, strong herbs, and moderate bitter grassy hops.
Body: Mid to full body, thick and slick palate.
Mouth Feel: A blitz of senses! Full body Belgian Dark with incredibly rich but very nice attack of honey, Rum-raisin and smoke, as if I was eating a freshly-smoked oyster and it tastes soooooo good! The follow-up creamed coffee and chocolate are equally rich and nice. Not to mention the Bretts and herbal roasemary, which are strongly featured for such naughty barnyard and nice herbal. All point towards winning material already!
Booze: at 10%, it is very comfy and extremely well hidden. Lovely!
Hoppiness: More herbal then faint grass in nose, light bitter grassy taste. Sweetness, believe it or not, is just right so balancing is not a concern. Abrupt sweet-low bitter finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Nicely sweet and comfy to mouth.
Coments: This one is massive and very tasty. The addition of honey, raisin, herbs, and Bretts, at the hands of mastery brewers such as this one, turn various parts into a nice sum and much more - nicely rich, dark, lively and savory - and the best of all is a very comfy, invisible 10% booze. A winner by all counts!