htnicholas (49) - 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 (904) - 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.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from craft ale house. Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. The aroma is roasty and pretty direct. The taste has a bit of a funky sweetness, maybe some wood, some tart lemon and cherry. Not bad..
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate with a bit of dryness - definitely dark chocolate. Bitterness also comes from coffee flavors. Slightly fruity.
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cs2501x (12) - - AUG 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raisin notes start powerfully strong with this dark ale by Ommegang. The beer pours quickly and with little room, lots of tannin-like qualities-a slight pinch at the base of the jaw upon draw. Recommended though for drinkers of quads and sweet, dark Belgian style ales-it's similar to t'anker classic.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of yeast, figs. Flavor is yeast, dark fruits, alcohol.
devman171 (683) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 Bottle 1 year cellar, pours black with nice tan head. Nice rich dark fruits and roast, great beer as I smashed a 300yd drive
mtdewa1 (211) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark gold pour. Mild carbonation, thin 2 finger head. Smooth well masked alcohol flavor. Raisin and spice. Medium bodied. Good beer
medfordmh (22) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. A: fig, slight roast coffe, slight dark Carmel, very slight banana A: dark as f, black opaque color but clear and brite if you can see through it, off cloudy white head that fell fast for a Belgium. T: nice and rich, full of flavor, bitter chocolate, fig, molasses, minerals, spicy hop note, banana, smoke, slight coffe, caramel. P: good carbonation, relatively dry with a slight mouth coating of sweet and bitter. O: pretty darn good, the flaked barley is done great. Every sip is a joy of dark flavors
daveshawley (25) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep brown with a finger’s worth of beige bubbly head that settles down to a thin ring of foam. Aroma is typical of a dark belgian ale - yeasty, slightly sour, candi sugars, and very boozy. Taste is very good for something on this side of the Atlantic. Quite reminiscent of Gulden Draak and other Belgian darks. Belgian yeast, some sour cherry, and a nice alcohol heat. It actually tastes a bit boozier than the advertised 8.7%. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, sticky, and a little foamy from the carbonation. Finishes with a alcohol warmth lingering on the back of the tongue. Not a bad rendition of a Belgian Strong Ale, not overly complex or spicy, but a solid dark ale nonetheless.