Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The nose is a nice blend of dried dark fruits, smoke, sugars and a slight alcohol bite. The pour is dark brown with a one finger tan head. The taste is vinous and the alcohol takes over much of the scents from this ales aroma. I would like to age this and try again, as it seems to not quite live upto the complexities of the nose.
jerohen (2163) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, a present from my brother, BB 27-03-2005, sampled 12-01-2009 (about 7 years old). Very dark brown coloured, small brown head, fair lacing. Very complex nose, malts, raisins, liquorice, vinous notes, nice. Very harsh flavour, the alcohol really kicks in, lots of sweetness. Tastes like it could use some more aging, but it’s already 7 years old! Great nose, but way too harsh.
DYCSoccer17 (3611) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 mL bottle purchased at Pole Line Nugget in Davis, CA. Best by 4/15/11. Aroma has some solvent-like cleanser properties. A bit minty with some raisins, too. Kind of sweet with some cidery acetaldehyde as well. Not so good. Moderately hazy amber body with a smallish off-white head. Starts sweet with some brown sugary notes. Becomes a little vinous with some roastiness in the middle. Finishes with some raisin notes. A little molasses is in there, too. If this is actually 12% ABV, then it is hidden well. Not bad, but the aroma is a bit off-putting.
AskForJenny (1064) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.75l - Random buy. Licorice and smoke followed by spice. For some reason didn’t expect it to be quadrupel dark. Good times.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a mostly reeding wispy tan head. Tastes of brown sugar, rum, banana, and bubble gum. Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly alcoholic with lush carbonation.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 12/15/2008 (bottle dated 25.10.10):
Pours a very dark reddish brown color body. Small off-white head head, quickly diminishing. Funky smell, sour. Dark fruits.. Creamy mouthfeel, some fizziness. Dark fruit taste Some dark chocolate/coffee taste. Some alcohol warmness.
bhensonb (13824) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, c&c. BBE 15.10.09 Dark ruby color with a frothy tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, darkish malt and maybe some hop florality. Medium plus body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is prune, date, candi and dark malt. No impact of heat. Seems a bit dusty. Finishes dry and slightly astringent. Very nice sipper.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great ruby look. Fruity aroma, usual Belgian flavours but not as complex or full-on as the classic 12s.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a nominal head. Aroma is semi sweet with candy sugar malt and dried dark fruit. I love it when a beer tastes pretty close to the aroma. Toss in a tad of leather and tobacco and there ya go. $3.99 for a 330 ml.
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of keifdog. Pours amber with thin tan head. The aroma is dusty dark fruity esters of prunes, dates and nearing but not getting to a raisin quality. I also get some faint yeasty spice. The taste is very much the same with pleasing dark fruitiness moving into raisins then prunes, dates and figs then becoming brown sugar like with a hint of Belgian candi. The alcohol is there but not distracting at all. Nice stuff.