Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a deep dark ruby, cream head that is fairly well lasting, but a tad thin. Aroma is brown sugar, alcohol, sugar, cookie dough, cherries, and peaches. Complex, goes from very sweet, to a more subtle chocolate like character. Alcohol is fairly well covered.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine light brown head, deep brown body. Malt, chocolate and caramel aroma with nice fruity notes such as oranges and apricots. Raisins and prunes in there also. Full, heavy and creamy. Flavor is thick and soft. Mostly sweet malty and chocolaty with a strong alcohol tone. Notes of bitter hops and raisins. Tasty and warming.
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first thing that struck me with this surprise purchase is how incredibly smooth it is -- in what other Belgian do you find 12 ABV cloaked this elegantly? Dark, secretive, mesmerizingly fragrant and moreish: A perennial favorite.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown body, small head. Aroma is dark fruits, malts and alcohol. Nice dark fruits in the flavor, alcohol and some hints of tobacco.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Rocky, light brown head, which disappears totally. There’s almost no lace. Black body. Nose of toffee, flowers, coriander. Alcoholic palate. Heavily acidic , lightly sweet initial flavour. Moderately acidic, lightly sweet finish.
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first dark Belgian that I’ve had. It tastes like a cross between a typical Belgian beer and a German Schwarz beer. I was very surprised at the 12% abv - I couldn’t really taste it at the time.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with medium small bubble head. Aroma is sour cider, dark fruit, and chocolate. Flavor is toosie rolls, dark fruit, and a slight sour cider. The alcohol is very well hidden.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl bottle. Served in DBF 2004 sample glass. Slightly opaque reddish-brown. Nice head. Huge, impressively warm and spicy aroma. The taste is deliciously sweet and spicy with an everlasting finish. Very complex. Soft, luxurious mouthfeel. Very easy to drink - the 12% abv goes down unbelievably smoothly.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Malty aroma with hints of raisins, molasses and alcohol.
Sweet malt flavor with the alcohol coming through, followed by strong hop flavor at the finish.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 2008-05-13, bottle at Ris Ras, Århus, 7-4-8-3-16=38
Dark brown color; thin opersistent head. Nice caramel aroma and flavor, round body, sweet, full mouthfeel, a footprint of belgian yeast at the end, maybe not too bitter. Very good.
2004-07-03, bottled 2000; 4 years old, 8-4-9-5-17=43
Dark amber color; poor head. Strong malty aroma, a bit fruity. Very good mouthfeel, full malty, sweet, very well balanced by the hopping; caramel, fruitness, nuts, spices (cinnamon, ginger, aniseed). Ends with a good hopping, some liquorice and spices…