kespecial (174) - - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Trappist, Oakland. Very solid, smooth, unusual Christmas beer. Almost black, with small tan head. More of a smooth stout; Belgian style is subdued. Dark caramel, roasted malt, plum, hint of raisin. Kind of thin, but really drinkable. Would get again.
Ernesto987 (5128) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft. A standard christmas ale. Spiced and sweet. Heavy on the sweet slide and unbalanced. Thick.
joet (2462) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hmm... this doesn’t strike me as a Belgian Strong but as a type of Death & Taxes, Pliny The Elder ’Dark Murky’ style brew. The color is a very dark brown with a caramel colored slim foam. A roasty cascade aroma is contained in the glass along with hints of sweetness and suggestions of dark molasses. Lots of malt flavors - more dark malt and something almost worty, semi-dry, very bitter. Tastes sweet but it’s too clean to have much residual sugar. Some tannic green tea and wet coffee i nthe finish. Sits in the stomach like a rock. A nice dark, muddy and slightly dusty brew. I like this idea.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap toronado. Very dark and malty with lots of hop aroma. Just an ok brew.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burnst cocoa and roast notes early on. Not very Belgian. Very little spice some pepper and molasses. grat over pancakes mostlikely. Some black tea and acidic notes towards the end. Piney hop bitterness does not work with the specific malt, some Biscuit and special B, I would guess.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
negligible, black head. slight coffee notes on the nose. highly carbonnated, with burnt malt and coffee flavors]