gpekar (474) - Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2010. Poured a clear medium brown, similar in color to maple syrup. There was a thin tan foamy head that reduced to just a film rather quickly. The aroma was full of different scents. There was some mild red wine with some alcohol. Coming through also were some dried dark fruits, tart cherries and orange. The beer had a creamy texture and a good alcohol flavor initially. There was a slight bitterness like orange peel and a light tart flavor of cherry. The beer had good carbonation and was not sweet at all with the malt and belgian candy sugar. There was a mild alcohol warmth on the finish.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Map Room. Pours dark brown with amber hues and a beige head. Dark fruits and spices lead way to an earthy finish.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Birra molto buona!
eManu (471) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown red color with a nice tan head. Aroma is strong and wonderfull, roasted malts and lots of fruits, bananas, some nuts and caramels. Flavors of roasted malts, ripe fruits, apples and bananas, spices. Good carbonation, a good sweet and bitter dry finish. Great ballance of lots of flavors, very enjoyable, great winter beer.
cmc619 (468) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 75cl into Chouffe stem. Beautiful red-brown with a solid lasting head. All-around excellent beer - winter warmer kind of occasion. Alcohol is completely buried - dangerously easy to drink. Very good beer for a January evening in Leuven.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: some yeasty sourness, very fruity, malty, some weak cherry and berries like notes, some dark fruits notes, some weak chocolaty notes, mild but persistent hoppiness all the way through, some caramel sweetness, full bodied, alcoholic bite but a nice one, a good example of a typical belgian ale.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another dark brown brew. Not much of a head once it settles but it lasts. Herby, sweet, spicy. Drying finish. The thyme is noticable as is the curacao orange peel but they don’t dominate. The spiciness and candi sugar sweetness abound. As I close in on the bottom of the bottle I imagine playing in the fields with the gnomes, speaking of memories of days gone past and dreaming dreams of a future perfect. Ah, you gnomes. You purveyors of fine Belgian brews. You rakers of mash and shovelers of hops. You bottlers of visions. I toast thee and frolic in round about ways.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From capped 750. Pours a deep orange brown with tan head. Nose is light fruits, yeasty and lots of spices, some herbal. Flavor is more of the same. Lots to disect, but mostly herbal spices. Palate is highly carbonated. Pretty good, but a little odd.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this. Big malty flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very smooth long finish. Probably my favorite winter beer.
adamnowek (455) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is ridiculously easy to drink for it's strength. Can't taste the alcohol at all. Dark brown with a thin but creamy and persistent head. Light fruit taste, banana most notably. Really great wintertime brew.