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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Nose of nuts, malt and raisins. Taste of raisins, red grapes, nut, spice, and of course, alcohol. Alcohol is potent on the finish as well. This, like some other very strong dark ales is a bit like drinking carbonated cognac. Interesting. Not a bad aperitif beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (410) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown with a huge tan foamy head. Aroma of caramel, plums and wheat. Tases of spice, dark fruit , butterscotch, alcohol. Many different aromas and tastes. This is very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2008
This beer pours a deep dark brown with a medium tan head. The aromas are very weak but I get nuts plums and flowers. The flavor is liquorice, dates and a little bit of pepper. This one fell short. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10927) - Tromsř, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2008
250ml bottle perfect accompaniment to wild boar at Den Tatoverede Enke in Copenhagen. Mahogany body with a ruby tint. Beige foamy head. Rich spicy aroma where dried fruits play a part. Powerful flavour of dark berries, coffee malts and spicy hops. Moderate sweetness. Finish off with yeast and warming alcohol. Plenty of body. Great stuff (30.05.2008).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Dark brown/burgundy pour. Full, creamy foam. Nose could be better but it has some dark fruit, hops and yeast. Flavor is awfully complex, nicely malty with lots of Belgian character. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee along with hints of dark fruits. Well balanced . It’s a really nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2008
750ml bottle: Deep brown pour with a rich mocha head that lasts. The aroma is inviting with lots of earthy malt, dark chocolate, plum, dry cocoa and a healthy dose of ethery alcohol. Chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation expounds on the tongue and cheeks with each swallow. More big malts leads the way with heavy hints of baker’s chocolate, burnt caramel, sweet dough. The yeast throws plenty of esthers - from plum to banana to cherry. Very complex, but ultimately a bit too sweet for my tastes. Finishes with a splash of alcohol and a mighty dose of white sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Poured into a Westy goblet. One finger of light tan head recedes pretty quickly with no lacing. Not really what you’d expect from a well-regarded Belgian ale. Nice quad aroma of chocolate, banana, toffee, and darker fruits like plum and raisin. Flavor is mainly a complex maltiness with touches of fruit and a lingering caramel finish. Some spiciness, probably anise also comes out mid-palate to take the edge off the sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little too carbonated for my taste. It’s not awful or excessive but it could stand to be fuller. Luckily despite this, the mighty 12% alcohol is not detectable in the flavor. It does however warm the insides. Fairly drinkable for a monstrous beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle via recommendation of matt at capones. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Aroma is a hoppy belgian yeast and spices. Flavor is roasted sugar, lots of etoh, and not enough dark fruit. Eh not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Spicy with a slightly minty aroma and hints of herbs. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Spicy caramel with toasty malts, burnt sugars, dark fruits like figs, very very spicy. There is a slight metalic flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours a deep cola brown with surprisingly little head for the amount of carbonation, which leads me to believe this is fairly thin. This is St. Bernardus’ Abt. 12 before it was refined. Age it and it might get there. Ripe fruits (figs, dates), yeast and malts on the nose. Flavor is sweet, adding hops, spices and a bit of mint. Dry finish - not as sticky as some people are saying. Very good, but as I said - would certainly benefit from mellowing with age.

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