WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really nothing special in this on except for the presence of alcohol through out everything with this beer. Arrogant Bastard and Double bastard beats this hands down.
jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is very malty has a soy sauce coffee Carmel scent. Pours a clear reddish brown like Pepsi but with less carnbanation no lacing. Taste is a sweet coffee after taste of soy sauce little sticky overall best Belgian beer to date.
Ester_ (123) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby with a little lace of foam. Aromas of licorice, anise, cinnamon,
cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and malt. Flavors of spices, malt, sweet fruits and roasted malt. Couleur rubis avec un petit col de mousse. Arômes de réglisse, anis, cannelle, cardamome, muscade, gingembre et malt. Saveurs d’épices, de malt, de fruits sucrés, et de malt trorréfié.
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown with a smallish off-white head. The aroma is malty and a bit nutty, with some dried fruit mixed in as well. It tastes malty with some caramel and a few other things in the background. Has a smooth finish that lingers for a while.
Very good, but not quite excellent, Belgian strong, definitely recommend.
StormCoat (118) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve tasted this twice--on draft a couple months ago at San Diego’s Aero Club, and this evening in a 750ml bottle from Bevmo. Either way, it’s lovely. A dark cola color with a moderate head; very little lacing, and a sweet, chocolaty tea scent. Taste and body are very complex and interesting...there are very strong caramel and molasses-like notes at first, but they soon melt into some juicy, fruit notes--specifically orange and citrus flavors. The palate of this beer is also kind of surprising; it feels only medium-bodied at first, but seems to finish with pleasantly syrupy feel that coated the inside of my mouth with citrus flavor. If I recall correctly, this quality seemed a little more pronouced when I tried the beer on draft. Overall, this beer is delicious and interesting, and I’m eager to have it again.
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Twenty Tap. Poured a clear purplish-copper with a quickly-dissipating off-white head. Had this side by side with La Chouffe and this one had less malt complexity, but more fruity esters (mostly pear and apple). Of the malts, dried fruits and breadiness dominate. Finished dry and wasn’t quite as smooth as La Chouffe. Still a good beer, but pales in comparison to La Chouffe.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Rich, ruby brown color with a nice lasting head. The alcohol is well masked and this beer truly tastes as if it could have come from Belgium. I’ll have to see if the rest of the North Coast offerings pay this much attention to detail.
mandaritto (117) - LATVIA - AUG 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great ballance between spicey and sweet, peppery notes. Raisins, dried apricot, really great brew, easy drinkable for 9.4 ABV.
Great sipping ale.
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Visually, one of the most beautiful beers as well. Pours a deep, clear amber-red, that actually appears to have a sunburst effect as you look at it through the side of a belgian glass. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a wisp of yeast. Taste is earthy and fruit that spreads out on the palate into a bitter/sweet finish on the sides of the tongue. Finish also has notes of yeast and alcohol. In short, a masterpiece by our friends at North Coast!
MattyKakes (116) - Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich dark molasses. Taste is toasted brown sugar and oak. There’s a touch of citrus at the end. It’s complex. Love the name. Cheers!