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RATINGS: 843   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (10678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2008
Chocolate brown colour, little head, expirey 9/09. Thanks Boutip. Malt and some spicey yeast, with the emphasis on the spice. Above avrage mouthfeel, tasty treat that is experterly spiced malt. Very good Belgium.Dangerously drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Big head raises in the bottle upon opening. Pours brown as a beer bottle. Taste is heavily in the European strong beer area, with some alcohol fusels. I’m not enjoying this as much as other raters, I see.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgiskOlklub (1031) - Viby J, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
Bottle (2005), 25 cl. Small, creamy, dark, diminishing head with spare lacing. The body is cloudy and dark brown. The malt aroma is heavy with toasted and coffee notes. Also nice aroma of plum, licorice, wine and port. Heavy in alcohol. It has a full body, a creamy texture and a flat carbonation. The flavour is heavy sweet and light bitter. A good powerfull and fruity beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3506) - Weelde, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2014 black dark brown coloured body with a huches off white head a spicy hoppy fruity brandy aroma a hoppy fruity caramel bitter taste with a alcholic bitter special finich

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle (with a really great label), from Noel Cuveliers, Abele. Pours rich brown with a fine dark tan head. Very bright aroma, a fresh cola quality, caramel, violets, mint. Soft minty chocolate flavor, spicy-sweet alcohol warmth, transitions to menthol cooling finish. Very different, even among the eccentric world of Belgian Strong Ales. Initially I was totally on board with this. But half way through my little 25 cl bottle, it starts to get a little much. Too much sticky-sweet, too much mint. Too much like old-man port. It did start off really well though...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - 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 (837) - 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!


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