hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown colour with a tan head that was pretty big and the fine bubbles stuck around. Slight fruit and banana aroma. There is a lot of yeast in the flavor and some alcohol at the end. Some more fruit and a bit of banana.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Date: June 09, 2007
Source: Tasting, Noog 3D
Appearance: clear dark brown, drippy lace
Aroma: dark fruity aroma with a light sweetness and a light spicyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, gritty brown sugar sweetness, nice dark fruity character, a touch of hot bourbon, earthy balance
Date: July 04, 2007
Source: cellar stock
Appearance: fine beige head
Aroma: starts with a strong sweet raison and dark fruit aroma
Flavor: lots of the rich ripe fruit flavor, well tempered sweetness has the raw sugar character, same hint of the hot bourbon from before, the oak shows as part of some earthy bitterness, the earthy balance is big and unexpected for a Belgian but not too out of place, the yeast shot gives a breadyness to the ripe fruit to turn it into a spicy fruit cake
Date: January 12, 2008
Aroma: picking up a big sweet winey character in the aroma
Flavor: wine character carries through to the flavor which is still mostly dark fruits and raison
Date: December 27, 2008
Source: cellar stock
Appearance: still plenty of carbonation
Aroma: sweet fruity and winey aroma
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, lots of raison, winey sweetness, touch of grape, background chocolate
Overall: aging well
Date: June 28, 2011
Source: cellar stock
Appearance: black, fine tan head, good carbonation
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark fruits, touch of winey grape, light chocolate
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate, dark fruits, raison and grape
Overall: chocolate getting stronger, carbonation getting weaker
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks zeswaft. dark brown. ginger and feet aroma. way too strong and alcoholic. tastes like balls. too spicy. a few mins later it isn’t as bad, but still pretty poor.
dmac (3528) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked bottle thanks to padrefan98. Poured a perfect looking deep dark brownish/black with some deep burgundy red hues on the outer edges and a creamy average size light tan head. Huge complex nose of yeast, raisins, prunes, plums, chocholate, candied sugar and red wine. Flavor was a slight step down from the aroma and although very nice just didn’t live up to that complex body of scents. Flavor as had a nice hop profile which I did’t detect in the nose. Smooth palate with just a touch of noticable alcohol warming. Very nice indeed.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Total spice aroma. pumkin, pepper. potpourri. Flavor is definitely all of the those spices. chocolate and chalk flavors too. dark fruits. i kind of like it.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An extremely dark brown pour with a thin off-white head. Dark, spicy aroma - cardamom, cinnamon with a dash of raisins. Flavor is much the same: rich and fruity with a peppery licorice spiciness. Very good.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the bottle at BCTC and again at Mullman’s thanks to Hophead75. Fairly clear reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head. Mildly sweet and yeasty aroma of ginger, anise and raisins. Did not detect any Brett in the aroma or taste. Flavor was raisin bread, ginger, coriander, brown sugar with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.
djtimeless (221) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Pours out dark ale with lots of head. Strong smell of raisins and malt. Very complex taste. Smooth finish with alittle fire.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by myself at Mullman’s gathering. Very dark brown, almost black in color, moderate tan head. Aroma was very spicy- with ginger, perhaps coriander?, and notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and yeast. Taste was also spicy, ginger predominates, dry chocolate malts, raisins, light notes of candi-sugar, and a attenuated caramel. Very round, medium-full creamy body. very light notes of funk, but that could have been from the regular belgian yeast rather than the brett added at bottling. Finishes earthy and spicy. The brett didn’t take hold yet, but I still enjoyed this one as-is.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of raisins, dark fruit, yeast, candy sugar, powdered sugar, molasses, and sugar. Poured dark dark brown in color with a huge, rocky, foamy, beige head that lasted throughout. Good lacing. Opaque. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet. Flavor of malts, alcohol, dark fruits, light chocolate, molasses, yeast, and bread. Medium body. Thin, oily texture. Soft carbonation. Lightly dry, malty finish. Overall, complex, yet somehow still boring, and lacking in body.