JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club. Delightful looking pour, dark, frothing, effervescent like a big boomin’ grand cru. The nose is comparable, with lots and lots of figs, currants, and some floral notes in there too. Deceptively easy drinking, given the high abv (me, I split this over two nights). Nice stuff.
mabel (5324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 [1059-20080122] 250mL (w/ jerc). Mild toasted yeast aroma with a sweet malt empty alcohol grains base. Black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy toasted sweet malt flavour. Medium body is thin and boozy. Interesting brew but too sweet and boozy. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
[1164B-20080301] Tap. Mildly roasted malt aroma is a little sweet. Dark dark brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Fruity roasted malt flavour has a sweet finish. Medium-full body is smooth. Enjoyable. (7/4/8/4/17) 4.0
(ZBF 2008; Sint Niklaas, BE)
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark-reddish to brown color. Good head. Aroma:Sweet malts, licorice, dark fruits, chocolate, some yeast. Palate: Malt, toffee, raisins, chocolate, hops, warm, fruits.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: January 13, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet dark fruit aroma with a touch of caramel and chocolate
Flavor: lots of sweet fruity flavor, nice chocolate adds depth, touch of alcohol
Date: June 17, 2010
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, dense creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, lots of estery dark fruits
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, sweet caramel and fruity esters, light balancing bitterness
Overall: as Dan would say - lovely
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
jercraigs (7294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 2008-03-01. Dark brown body with a modest creamy tan head (3+). Aroma of what I assume to be hops which is unexpected. Muted malts supporting it. (7+) Flavour is sweet malt, dry underlying fruit, mild sugary caramel notes. (7+) Smooth average plus palate. (3+). Solid. 7/3/8/3/16 - 3.7
Bottle at Zythos Festival, St. Niklaas
<P>2008-01-22. Very dark effervescent body , small tan head. Sweet sugary malt in the aroma initially gives way to an alcoholic follow up, light notes of raisins and dark fruit. Sweet sugary malt, is quickly dried out with an alcoholic counter in the finish. Alcohol lingers in the aftertaste. Smooth medium palate is surprisingly uncarbonated considering the number of bubbles during the pour. (3+) Quite pleasant but the alcohol is a bit rough around the edges. 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5
Bottle, courtesy of Boutip, shared with Mabel.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark and still-seeming cola color with a big bubbled fast fading tan head that subsided into a this skin/ring...smell is sweet and musty with molasses, toffee, caramel, some anise/licorice spice notes as well...taste is curious...very light mouthfeel and flavor, especially for a 12% beer...some alcoholic notes were present in the nose, but very little is present in the flavor...the caramel and spicy licorice notes are there, but also very subtle...nice light mouthfeel and flavor profile...not a whole lot going on there...quick lightly sweet finish...definitely drinkable...
Ratman197 (8830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a large lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, spice, candy sugar, dark fruit and molasses. Palate was medium bodied, smooth and warming. Flavors of toffee, spice, plum, candy sugar, raisins and carmel with a smooth warming lightly sweet finish.
A very enjoyable Belgian with lots going on. While it.s got some warming it is’nt as hot as you’d expect for 12%.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark reddish-brown body with a thin, short-lived off-white head. Lightly effervescent.
Smell: Rich, malty aroma with notes of toffee, dark candi sugar, juicy plums, yeast, and just a hint of hops.
Taste: Dark maltiness with dark caramel and some chocolate. Lightly tart-tasting fruity compote flavor with spiced sugar hints and a dusting of cocoa powder. Faint yeastiness. Never more than a light bitterness. Peppery on the warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A good beer with plenty of flavor and complexity. For the most part, I’m enjoying the Malheur brews.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice brown color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, astringency, green apple, and some spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, spice, astringency, green apple, and a bitter spicy finish.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with thin tan/off white head. Aroma of dark fruits but could not detect much of anything. Medium body with raisins, and vegetables. Slight notice of alcohol in the aftertaste. Average.