amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2003 Dark raisen in color, creamy malt head. Smells of wine and sweet prunes. Tastes peppry, with notes of leather and fruit. Finishes clean with little after taste.
Re-Rate: 03/27/2003, 1999 edition. Large creamy head, dusty malt aroma. Brown / burgundy in color. Much more mellow than I remember. Still quite good with a dark fruit and pepper taste. Not to sweet like some barley wines.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a foamy light tan head that left circular lace. A good deal of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and raisins. A flavor of malt, toffee and raisins with hint of other spices. A finish that is a touch bitter and has the warming aspect of the alcohol.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dull gold murky appearance – nice white head white however, the head does not last long– nose is malty , prunes , raisins , cereals , and oats , caramel , musty , and moldy very sharp – medium sweet sparkly body – initial taste is sweet then turns acidic, and malt , dried prunes , citrus flavor - aftertaste is medium with a creamy, acidic and roasted malts *2003 edition*
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark, hazy, brown with tan head that disappears quite fast. Sweet, candy like taste. Low bitterness, short after taste. More refreshing than most dark beers. Low alcohol taste for being so strong. Soft carbonation,
vickey9 (475) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red with a beige head. Nose is dark fruit. Body is full, texture oily and carbon high. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate is ripe fruits, herbs and chocolate. Semi-sweet finish. B@H
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!
gpekar (467) - 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.
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.