Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very hazy, ruby/brown colored beer. It has a thick, light beige head. An aroma of raisins, caramel and sweet prunes. The taste has some spices, like pepper, with notes of dark fruits. Very rich taste overall. A warm feeling in your mouth, at the end. A very good beer.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Dark reddish mahogany colour. Tall light beige fluffy head that clings to the glass. Crystal clear. High carbonation level. Light raisiny aroma with a hint of candi sugar. Some soapy aromas and the traditional Belgian yeast character. Münchener malt. Medium-bodied. A bit sugary, but there is quite a bit of malt here as well. Balanced. The alcohol can be noticed, but is well hidden. Hints of black pepper and sweet raspberries. Very drinkable given its strength. Nice.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 On tap at The Wellington, Hull, UK, also from bottle.
Excellent beer, pours deep dark brown/black with a big tan head. Smell is good belgian yeast, hops, alcohol and spice. Taste is wonderful hops, dark spices, sweet raiseny fruits and a warming lightly alcoholic finish. Even better on tap.
Dangerously drinkable, great xmas beer!
LinusStick (3074) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great Belgian strong and the best I’ve had from this brewer. Aroma was just so so. Earth, spice and dark fruit. Pour was a nice dark amber/light brown with a good bit of sediment. Taste was very good. Strong berry and spice with a nice spicy aftertaste. I would never guess this was 10% Very nice carbonation. As the beer warms, more fruit flavor comes out. White grape and pear mostly. Very complex and delicious.
radagast83 (6341) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, 2005 bottle drunk April 2008. Pours a brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is alcohol, spices, pines, earth, and something akin to sweet sugar candy. Flavor is about the same, brown sugars dominate, caramel, spice, and malt with notes of cherries.
blutt59 (6364) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, brown color with nice tan head, overpowering alcohol taste with some cotton candy thrown in, could not taste any of the spices really due to the upfront alcohol bite
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle] Burnt caramel pour with a smallish tan head. Piney, earthy, spicy aroma. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, spices, and some tart cherries in there as well.
mjs (5815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(From old notes, bottle at Pikkulintu on 2008-01-11) Lots of malts. Rahter heavy bodied. The taste has got some hops, too, which balance the maltiness.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle during the winter months of 2007-2008. Forgot to rate this, if it wasn’t for the bottle laying around 5 months later i would of never remembered. ah spring cleaning. This strong ale was notably hoppy but still retained a malty nature. Body was on the thicker side. Poured dark brown/orange. Was interesting but not a favorite.
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml from Newport Pizza and Ale. Poured really deep dark brown. Had a nice citrus/mild hops nose. Flavor was caramel and toffee malts with a lot of carbonation. Mouthfeel was a little wispy but still very good. The high abv was evident but not overpowering, and the finish was good with lingering traces of hops. Not at all bad, thanks for the hook up Johnny boy~