maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy deep, deep scarlet. Two-finger shaving cream head lasts forever and coats the tulip with solid lace. Aromas evoke anise, chocolate, raisins, cola, and orange zest. Flavor eludes decription... flowers, spice cookie (pfeffernuesse?), earthy, copper? Brazil nuts? Palate is effervescent and fluffy. Tart, cleansing finish; mild aftertaste suggests cocoa, cherry... nutmeg?
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark colored beer with little head retention. Sweet caramel malt and yeast aroma and taste. Not much alcohol initially but really comes out as this warms. Very thin body with a slightly dry finish.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was an extremely enjoyable beer. Very light on the tongue for a dark beer and entirely drinkable. Perfect darker ale for a warm night. Highly recommended.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of thin carbonation. Quite sweet and the 8% is hardly noticible. Well balanced, lightly hopped, but not exactly memorable.
oh6gdx (25388) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Hazy dark amber colour, huge beige fluffy head Aroma of toffee, caramel and weak alcohol. Flavour is malty, yeasty som hops and sour fruits. Finish and aftertaste become very caramellish. Some alcohol and spices also all along. Lovely balanced beer.
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful pour... dark mahogany with a decent off-white head. The nose is of soured toffee with a bit of medicinal astringency. Well carbonated, with an underlying sublime tart, currents, figs, dates and a light finishing sour citrus note. A bit lightly extra-carbonated, lighter version of a typical Belgian Trappist brew. Not as complex, but a nice offering nonetheless.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, nothing too special about it. It is similar to a chimay bleu but toned down just a little. I like and it and find it very drinkable, but it is not super special or unique. Just nice and smooth and balanced.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Yardhouse, Irvine. Pours the color of rootbeer with a thin white head and a transparent body with ruby hues. Light aromas of toasted walnuts and fresh black cherries. A touch of vanilla is splashed across a sea of caramel, enhancing the bouquet. Thin, lightly carbonated body with a bit of a raw sugar sweetness. Some anise notes and molasses mingle on the tonue with some prune and light chocolate notes. A nicely developed brew with an emphais on the nutty malt profile as opposed to yeasty spice. This beer is dark and nutty to the point where it reminds me of a belgian styled brown ale.
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle poured a chunky, fluffy head that’s lacing never exhausted. Bready aroma, and copper colored body spice and rasin flavors have Maredsous 8 filling out all the needed characters on the Belgian Strong Ale checklist.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good and rich malty aroma with some chocolate and spiceyness coming through. Nice deep mahogany color with a good size cream colored head with good lacing. Nice rich malt flavor with the chocolate malt coming through. Good medium body to the beer that has a little bit of spice and a slightly dry finish. I would never know that this is a 8% beer as the alcohol is hidden well. This style is one of my favorite types of belgians as I prefer the dark and malty doubles more than the triples.