smith4498 (3489) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark cola brown with tan head. Aromas of raisins, candy sugar and some alcohol. Dark fruit flavors; raisins, figs and plums. There is also some licorice, molasses, dough and sugar. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely beautiful beer...deceptively smooth for 12% ABV. Lovely dark amber colour with a delightful aroma of citrus and a bit of sweeter fruit. Light carbonation and a caramel, minimal head. Hints of cherry and a heavy body but not overpowering as long as you respect its complex personality :) Smooth finish. Overall a brilliant quad. Sip responsibly. Repeat.
KyotoLefty (8924) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
250 ml bottle. Drink by June 2011.
Super smooth, fine, tan head, just a sliver. Very dark brown beer. Fruity, hoppy aroma, with pine and citrus. Slightly reminiscent of an American Barley Wine! But is has a Belgian flair, with caramel and chocolate and raisins too. Chewy and rich. Rich, creamy, strong, huge flavor. Caramel, chocolate, hop, alcohol, raisins. Wow. Fresh fruit in there too, plus hops that are almost American. Great balance and complexity. I love it. Seems to marry the Belgian Strong ale with the Barley Wine, and to do so wonderfully.
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 One of the more tasty Belgian Strong ale beers. I really loved the taste when I had the opportunity to drink this one at a friends place.
Travlr (20335) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark maroon color with a thick tan head that settles quickly to leave moderate lacing. Aroma of chocolate and burnt espresso. Flavor starts with cocoa and progresses to black coffee, with some light smoke. Nice.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown with some sediment. No head on this one. Aroma of cherries, dark malts and sugar. Medium bodied. Not as complex as my favorites (St. Bernardus, Rochefort). Overall a decent Belgian Ale just not the caliber of the afore mentioned.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink - thats what they say and I can’t disagree. plenty of alcohol warmth after just a few sips.
BuckeyeBoy (5500) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml Bottle Pours out a hazy brown with plenty of yeast floating around topped with a small sand head. Aroma is great tons of sweetness pitfruit, candy, brown sugar. Taste sweet all around. The brown sugar, pitfruit and light spice make it up. Pretty good I think it hides the 12% pretty well.
Cavie (4221) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Lake Saucer poured into a Malheur stem glass. This one is significantly darker than the 10. Dark brown; almost muddy pour that lightens towards the edges. Smaller head response than the 10 but holds just the same. Dark fruity malt aroma. Fairly fresh with some amount of sweet caramel. I also smell cologne but I’m not sure if that’s from the beer or from me as I smell so damn good tonight. Solid flavor by far. Taste has some dark Belgian fruit with dry earthy flavors. Feelings of subtle caramel and fading clay malts appear and subsequently fade into the swirling mist. Finish is almost neutral. A bit of heavy soil bitter remains but only in trace amounts. Would this have had a larger fruit profile it would rival the Bernardus.
danielyabu (1498) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
large light-brown head. mostly diminishing. frothy. dark brown body. aroma: milk chocolate, caramel, toffee and alcohol. IF: moderate bitterness and sweetness. FF: moderate bitterness and light sweetness; long duration. Palate: medium-full body, lively carbonation, medium alcoholic and metallic finish, watery texture. forte aquecimento alcoolico. aumenta bastante o dulçor a medida que esquenta. 120s