Dal9000 (490) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep Amber with a fast fading tan head. Initial caramel aroma with raisins?! Sweet caramel taste with a creamy mouthfeel. Lingering sweet malt.
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tsd08460 (776) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: caramel, Belgian yeast, raisin,
Appearance: clear amber with a beige head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
superspak (4572) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2015. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Criz (348) - - FEB 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small 10oz draft. Deep Amber in color minimal head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, yeasty finish. Sweet malty Belgian, faint yeast notes.
chadski (61) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too much alcohol up front but then settles in nicely. Won't seek out but may repeat.
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angelkostvo (1144) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby colour, beige head. Aroma of candy sugar, dark fruits, red berries and toasted malts. Taste is medium sweet, fruity flavour. Light to medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.
unnoDey (5) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s been a while since I had it, but I clearly remember a think, rich mouthfeel and a full flavor. I’m not going to be much of a help as far as critiquing it, but I would recommend it whole-heartedly.
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No date. Bottle.
Deep dark ruby red, with a brownish hue. Filtered, clear. Pours like a flat soda, dissipates to nothing. Clean, strong fruity esters of green apples, pears. Light, mlid syrup, moderately low soy sauce (umami), a bit distracting, heavy crystal/specialty malts. Could use more attenuation and carbonation. Flavors are all there.
shawnmurphy (13) - Plattsburgh, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bomber poured into a Westvleteren snifter. This beer is not that beer, to be sure, although perhaps strives to be, but it’s good nonetheless – and a whole lot less expensive! This beer pours a gorgeous ruby mahogany; hold it up to light and relish its color. Short tan head evaporates rapidly with no Belgian lacing. Aroma is of dried fruit (figs, raisins, plums, cherries) with a faint farmhouse scent. Flavor is a spicy sweetness, although not cloyingly so. In this medium-bodied brew, I taste chocolate-covered cherries, plums and raisins intermingling with a yeastiness, followed by a slight prickly bitterness on the tongue from the hops. Leaves a dryness on the tongue – thus making you want another sip, which is obviously not a punishment!
Carlisle (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750 ml). Ruby-brown color with light tan head and lacing. Raisin and cherry aroma with some subtle raspberry notes. Sweet chocolate covered cherries with plum notes and chocolate and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Effervescent, especially in the finish.
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