JulienHuxley (2136) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a ring of white head. Aroma of spicy belgian yeast, earthy notes, light peat (very earthy, smoky). Malty flavor, sweet, raisins, with a light herbal finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Good.
DCLawyer (1153) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft->taster at BBB Fest-Nashville. Dark brown with small offwhite head. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, cherries. Nice.
Headbanger (2728) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 11/3/13 (Binny’s Glen Ellyn)-46° in Trappist Glass-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and slight anise. Taste of the same with spices and more anise on the back end. This medium bodied brew is not too shabby and is easy drinking.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice near black pour with good tan head and chestnut highlights. Smells of sweet malt, crystal malt, with hints of lilac and molasses. Flavor is more like grains of paradise, anise, molasses, and rum raisin. Still a little boozy, but that should fade off with age. Very high effervescence makes for a creamy mouthfeel. Nice.
Bengibbs6 (28) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours chocolate/espresso brown with a thick tan head of tiny uniform bubbles. Coffee and anise predominantly on the nose. Very subtle up front with the malt kicking you in the back if the tongue. Nice finish that is long enough without lingering forever.
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jrodooo5 (676) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm, wow this is smooth & so delicious! Beautiful deep ruby reddish pour, phenomenal fruity & complex aroma, & a flavor explosion! Outstanding!
bluejacket74 (1125) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle, packaged on 10/30/12, best by 10/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, molasses, peppery spice, and some coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some tart cherries and candi sugar noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good brew and definitely worth trying. But it’s also a bit pricey at $13.99 a bottle.
Dan269605 (135) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with a ruby hue. The aroma is of coffee and burnt caramel, as it warms the dark fruits come out (cherry, fig, plum). Taste is malty like a Belgian style stout when cool, but as it warms, the fruity esters come through with more of the dark fruits. It drinks almost too easily for the ABV. The thing that makes this shine is the fact their is no other additives. This is among my favorites from Ommegang.
htnicholas (46) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a 750 ml bottle. Pours deep ruby brown with a short lived light sandy brown head. Very little lacing and the head which quickly dissipates down to a thin ring. Aroma is of raisins, prunes and yeast. Very little detectible funk. The taste follows the aroma with the addition of flavors of tart cherries and candied figs and sugars. There is a surprising amount of alcohol heat for the 8.9% ABV. Belgian yeast and malt richness are big contributors to the flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little sticky. Finish is sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness and a little dark fruit tartness to balance it out. A very good rendition of a Belgian dark ale. Initially I thought it was too sweet but it grew on me as I finished my first glass and I loved it by halfway through the second.
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cstuartj (853) - Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, pours a dark burnt brown with a thin head that laces well. Nose is very nice, spices, malt, burnt sugar. taste is belgian mixed with sour, a hint of alcohol. finish is slow and very belgian. not my thing.