5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep amber, hues of ruby, moderate beige foamy head, spotty lacing. Malty/bready nose, seems somewhat sweet, a touch of dark pitted fruit and nuts. Bready start, slightly doughy, sharp unsweetened raisins, slight spike of candy sweetness at the end, soft bitterness lingers. Seems like a very pale Abbey Double. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Finishes fairly bready with dull dark pitted fruit. Nothing exceptional, but quite entertaining and even a bit more flavorful than true Belgian examples.
BOSSbrewer (1027) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this in Kansas City. Pours a golden dark color. A bit boozy with strong alcohol notes. Too pricy for the quality of the beer.
daad (109) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pleasant aroma, taste and palate, but I’m not thrilled. [short review due to it coming from my backlog]
superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty wisps of foamy lacing cling on the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, toast, chocolate, dark bread, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of raisin, prune, toffee, caramel, toast, chocolate, earth, bread, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, toast, chocolate, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; nicely robust with zero cloying flavors on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
MadIndian (2222) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Interesting brew. Seemed like a lot going on. Some moleasses, dark fruit esters, chocolate, some floral aromas and bread.
The blend was off, but not horrile.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazed brown ale with a thin brown head. In aroma, light candy sugar with notes of dark fruits, plum and mineral water. In mouth, a sweet molassey malt with notes of burned sugar, orange peels, a bit boring...
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge thanks to match1112 for this treat. Not sure what the vintage is but he told me that the beer has a few years on it. Poured from 12oz bottle to Duvel over-sized tulip glass:
Pours a hazy caramel brown with a finger or two of tannish head that receeds to one side of the glass, no real collar but still a slight bit of lacing.
Big toffee and dates on the nose. Some mushy cherries and red grapes. Very smooth and no detectable oxidation or booze presence.
Those bright fruits have settled down quite a bit. Some figs, a very slight cardboard taste that lingers - just barely noticeable. Pretty dry finish.
It seems as though the beer has lost nearly all its carbonation. Just enough to produce a short-lived head.
Never thought I’d get the chance to try this beer - thanks very much Matt!
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
355mL thanks to brainlair. Clear, deep ruby with a larger yellowish head with good retention. No lace really. Very malty, heavier nose with barleywine toffee and caramel nose. Surprisingly similar to Old Stock. Taste is watery, void, pretty bland. Palate is soapy, empty. Very odd.
flatmatt (984) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Candied fruit aroma, berry, cherry, banana, and bubble gum. Flavor immediately reminds me of cotton candy, sugary with banana, berry, caramel, toffee, raisin. Actually unique and quite nice.
beernovice39 (3038) - Montana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a muddy red/brown with a tiny tan head and lacing. Scent is malts, caramel and fruit, dates? Taste is sweet and tart with no bitterness, dry finish.
jkwood04 (2932) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Aroma of alcohol and dough. Pours an opaque amber-brown with a tan head. Full bodied, and lively carbonation. Flavor of oats, apparent Belgian style yeast, with an aftertaste of alcohol (not in a bad way though). Good American Belgian-style ale.