Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy, dark amber pour with a yellow-tan head leaving minimal lace. The medium body starts sweet with ripe bananas, raisins, candy and butterscotch, but quickly develops a hint of sourness and a spicy hop character. Orange peel, cloves and cardamom are evident at varying times as the ale warms, although the candy sweetness also continues to increase with warming and a slight whiskey character appears. There is a brandy warmth which starts early and lasts long after the last sip.
clueo (157) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a medium brown color and has very little translucence. The smell is a perfect mixture of sweet citrus with a touch of spice. The taste is very clean and starts as sweet and finishes with a raison touch. An outstanding winter beer perfect for cold weather!
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours a cloudy copper-brown color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, fruit and spices. Full-bodied with flavors of earthy yeast, coriander and citrus. The finish is malty with a spicy yeast and banana aftertaste. Above average overall.
monk191 (1049) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good Abbey style. Pours a beautiful deep cloudy red with a tan head. Smells of herbs. Taste is full bodied, with the classic belgian yeast and cherries and malts. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.
dhatton (6) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured a deep reddish brown body with a thick tallow colored head. Heady aroma of spiced apricots and hints of cocoa. Subtle citrus and cherry flavors layered in sweet nutty overtones. Overall, a well-balanced chest warmer for the winter months.
mstrcrwly (320) - New York, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap poured into a tulip glass..amber orange with a thin white head..aroma of spices,caramel,citrus,dark fruits...dry,malty,spicy taste..pretty good.
hfmejias (783) - Dover, Delaware, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours in reddish shade of brown, with about a finger and a half tan foamy head, leaving a nice even lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, malts and some yeast. Taste is sweet, boozy, lots of plums and raising notes. Very Belgian like, veRay enjoyable, but definitely a sipper.
outlawskies (428) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Julie says. It is okay. High acid nicely malted 3.5
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Darkmagus82 (1783) - - OCT 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-14-14-
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazed deep copper/mahogany color with a two finger tan colored head. Tons of smell carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming through the brew even in light of the hazed appearance. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of some sweeter fruit aromas of raisin and plum with other sweet smells of molasses and caramel. Along with these aromas are some chocolate and roasted malt smells as well as some aromas of spice and a bit of yeast. The spice smells are a nice mix of coriander, clove, dried orange peel, and a bit of nutmeg. Overall the brew has a very dark, fruity, and moderately spicy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum with other sweeter flavors of caramel right from the start. Beyond these flavors are some bready and lightly roasted malt flavors. A lighter yeasty flavor is present from the start as well with it gaining intensity as the flavor advances. The spice flavors follow the yeast flavors quite well, with all the spices detected in the nose (coriander, nutmeg, clove, and allspice) all gaining strength as the flavor moves to the end. Some lighter orange peel flavors also come to be, as well as a moderately strong boozy taste. In the end the combination of flavors leaves a nice warming, fruited, and spiced Belgian strong dark flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 10 % abv with a carbonation level that is high and consists of tons of prickly carbonation bubbles. For the style, the thinner body and high carbonation are fantastic for the yeast, spice and fruit flavors of the beer, making for a crisper brew even in light of the high abv and richer dark fruity flavors.
Overall – A highly spiced Belgian Strong dark with a moderate boozy but very drinkable taste. This was one I rather enjoyed.
CelticBrew (845) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours from 12 oz bottle, into my Ommegang tulip, a very deep red & brown body with a fully coating creamy dense tan head. Aroma is very nice with loads of holiday spices, caramel malt, gingerbread, and dark fruits. Flavour is sweet up front with toffee and cakey malts, lots of molasses and subtle sweet spices. Finish has nice balancing bitterness and suitable dryness with light acidic tang growing, complementing the fruity esters and blend of sweet and dark malt flavours. Really tastes like a spice cake or cookie. Nice beer, even though not my style.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"I like the spices used here. The best word i can think of for this combo is alluring. A touch sweet, fruity, brown sugar spice as well. The mace and cardamom are sure interesting. If the feel was a little more robust I’d really really like this."