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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2008
Bottle, Beers of Europe. Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of molasses and brandy. Flavour is spicy and sweetish ,and has hints of raisin, prune and caramel. Bit syrupy; alcohol masked very well. Doesn’t this mean ’bad hour’ ?!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
Pours a very dense opaque. Carbonation suitable for the style. The aroma is somewhat subdued but carries a mild fruity aroma from the malts & true to the commercial description retains some of the floral notes as well. Not yeast fruity. Drinks very digestible and dry. Not cloyingly sweet as some U.S. version finish. However, I would have like to have the flavor last a little longer on my palate. Not that a clean finish is inappropriate, but I was left wanting. Overall this is a beer I will drink more of and enjoy during the colder days of any season. An excellent beer to have in the cellar.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
a bit thin for the style....for me not alot of complexity...but hey.....most everyone else loved this beer.....so what do I know red stone fruits in the nose and taste.....good but...I much would rather have a rochford or st bernardus

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2008
The beer pours a dark brown. The head is a slightly creamy that is brown white in color. The nose is light but has a hint of roasted malt. At first taste I get a front of metallic cooper followed by a hint of plum with an almost wet wood or paper flavor. As the beer warms it loses the copper taste The mouth feel is slightly oily

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 5, 2008
[Vintage 2005, sampled 2008]. Dark brown with a low head. Sweet and spicy aroma followed by complex flavours that goes into spices, yeast, chocolate, berries, dates and raisin. It has aged very well!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Deep dark brown.Aromas of dried fruit and fig. Pretty smooth palate wise. Good mix of flavors and yeast. A solid belgian ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Dark drown with fizzy tan head. Sweet malty dark fruit aroma with some alcohol. The flavor is the same with notes of brown sugar and light caramel. This stuff is pretty good, I wonder how much a case costs....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, alcohol, and malt. Flavor is dark fruit, alcohol, raisins, malt, brown sugar, and some chocolate. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2008
Dark brown coloured with an off white head. Bitter chocolate and dried fruits in the aroma. Flavour is sweet, impressively malty and somewhat alcoholic. Very complex.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
Pours an opaque orange-brown with a small ring of foam. Aroma is syrupy-sweet, reminds me of dark LME. Tastes pleasant enough, bready & dark crystal, lightly spicy and again, that syrupy LME taste. Body is disappointing - carbonation disappears very quickly and there is no head to lend a hand. I might have had a bit of a dud of a bottle, but this beer, while pleasant enough, seems like it’s going somewhere but doesn’t quite make it.


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