WeeObese (18) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours dark amber almost ruby in color with a thick tan colored head that dissipates quickly.The smell is dominated by dark carmel malts, fruity spicy phenols, and slight alcohol.
Taste is sweet malt followed by strong alcohol, and finishes with a nice Belgian yeast aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is warming and full.
The beer is pretty big so, although tasty, more than one could be a little too much.
grantw (18) - , AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at beer deluxe in Melbourne, nice yeast profile, malty body with dark fruits, cherrys and nutmeg. A slight cola twang detracts slightly and finish is drying
BeerIsMyGod (17) - Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This fine beer pours a rich topaz color with a deep pillowy head. Upon initial scent, the nose was met with a sharp bite of cherry. It has a thick feel and tastes of brown sugar with a slight maltiness. A subtle alcohol taste at the end, but an enjoyable beverage nonetheless.
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby with a thin head. Aroma is of sherry, sweet malts, and yeast. Flavor is of dextrinous roast, carmel, and yeast phenols. A bit under attenuated leaving a cloying sweetness. Otherwise, a good American interpretation of a Belgian Dark Strong.
BeerLvr13 (17) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I expected more from this considering what I paid for a 25.4 FL. OZ. Bottle. What is there, is expertly balanced, as the 9.4% ABV is hard to detect. Just kinda needs more of what’s there, is all.
Botolph (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great example of one of my favorite styles. A bit o’ caramel o the nose. The flavor fills your mouth with some spikes of hops and a nice sweet malt character.
Monk would be proud even though it costs a bit more than a five spot.
robsohoppy (16) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Starts off sweet transforms into a chocolaty coffee/ red wine finish. Color and carbonation a delight. Packs a creepy alcohol punch even after 12 oz. A must try for the adventurous ale taster.
HalfCockedJack (16) - Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding beer. Aroma-Deep scent with hints of toasty figs and a earthy warmth. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a one-inch off white head and good lacing. Light sweetness for a Belgian Abbey Style, with a strong maltiness and a medium amount of bitterness. Turns from strong raisin flavor at the beginning to a warm plum/peach as the glass warms. Full bodied with a slight stickiness and a lingering finish. Overall, a very American take on a Belgian style that is not afraid of breaking with convention, much like the beer’s namesake. Drink it Straight, No Chaser.
biglakemonster (16) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark amber beautiful pour. As someone else mentioned it has a bit of sweet vinegar to the nose without getting pungent. A smooth caramel and distinctive taste with a long flavourful aftertaste.
logantownsend (15) - bonner springs, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber and too clear for the style in my opinion. The head stays ok but has very little lacing. Strong caramel smell with raisins as well. Flavor delivers much of the same as the aroma. A bit buttery also. A little thin on the mouthfeel with a decent yet slightly bitter finish. Not much alcohol burn either for the abv.