AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Fidel, pours a beautiful burnt caramel color with a tan head that diminishes to a layer of coating that lingers. This one seems much more like a quad to me, with brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit and a touch of chocolate. Excellent! The flavor is much the same, with a very subtle dry finish. Really no hint of alcohol.
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a light brown, largish, creamy head, covering a dark brown body with reddish highlights. Good retention from the head. Weakish aroma with dark fruits, cranberries, and yeast. Taste is understated aswell, with yeast, fruits and light alcohol. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but some how works well with the taste despite the high abv.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy brown color, thin even khaki head. Sweet candi sugar aroma, slightly grainy with yeasty background. Typical sweet Belgian strong with an almost nutty sour twang coming through on the finish. Decent, but not outstanding.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark brown to black with clearly visible particulates and thick, creamy, foamy tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, candy sugar, aged wood, hint dark chocolate, ripe fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, dark ripe fruit, candy sugar, phenol, oak, vanilla. Medium to full body with a lingering sweet malty finish. Excellent ale. Reminds me of a blend of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10.
emacgee (4136) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky ruby red with a thick frothy tan head. The nose was very warm, rummy/raisiny, dark fruits, alcohol, light Belgian must. The flavor was crisp and warm, raisiny, sharp esters, fruity, some sherry. Crisp lively carbonation with a hot alcoholic mouthfeel.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bottle from Whole Foods. Deep dark brown. Mostly opaque. Rich dark fruit aroma wit a little bit of sweet. A little tobacco as well. Sweet spiced flavors. Interesting boozy flavors. Like a Jamaican rum & root beer. Well hidden alcohol.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was hazy, amber/brown. The head was thin, fizzy, and light tan. The aroma was sweet, raisin, rum, and spice. The flavor was very thickly sweet, raisin, alcohol, and spice. The palate was thick-bodied. The finish was warm and sweet.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Pouring a dark, muddy brown color, the body is crowned by a small but well retained head of tan colored foam. Wet spots and flares of lacing mark the glass in a random, scattered pattern. The aroma shows dark, dried fruits, primarily raisons, plums, and figs. Hints of cinnamon and creamy, lightly peppery Belgian yeast complete the nose. Flavors are sweet up front, but well integrated with earthy, spicy hops. Raisons and figs are the dominant components, but a creamy element plays a major role. Medium-full bodied and silky smooth, it drinks quite well for a 12% beer. Overall, very solid. Compared against St. Bernardus Abt 12, it did fairly decent.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma was belgian yeast, some bread and alcohol. Flavor was too sweet for me. Dark fruits with noticable alcohol that was overly sweet. Medium carbonation.
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark black with a large khaki head, good lacing.
smell of dark pitted fruit, some caramel, touch of spice.
taste of dark fruit, some caramel, spice, grapes, some cocoa, some malt, few hops.