JHunter (676) - British Columbia, - FEB 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown caramel colour with a slim brown coloured head. strong sweet aroma of brown sugar and caramel. flavour has strong dried fruit medium carbonation and a light alc. in the finish
Reimer96 (1464) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark brown with a light brown head that dissipates quickly into a ring. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, Belgian yeast phenolics and dark dried fruits. Taste is sweet caramel, brown sugar with a bit of carmelization, dark dried fruits like raisins/prunes and some nice alcohol phenolics on the finish. Big full bodied beer a d a semi dry finish make this a great Belgian dark strong... Can only imagine how much better this gets with age.
Strykzone (5384) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at ESBLS. Dark brown with a beige head. Earth and cinnamon is smelled. Rich malts, too. Those malts lead. This has a Trappist aspect. A lot of rich malts and yeast. Very soft fruit. Feel is just a little thin. I do like this.
radarsock (1112) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
jamesewelch picked this 500 mL bottle up at Beverage Center, which he opened at a BYOB restaurant, Tiny Thai.
Pours a murky light brown with which a thin off white head 1 finger in length stood.
Aromas of chalk, grape juice, nail polish, unripe lemons, and cucumber water.
Tastes the same with the addition of prune juice, Belgian yeast, and seaweed.
Remarkable mouthfeel (medium bodied bordering full), but had smelt frankly horrendous, and hadn’t tasted much better. Just one of those beers, I guess....
Hops, if notable, were on the herbal side.
jamesewelch (171) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Very malty, sweet, caramel, toffeee
Appearance: Brown, clear, off white head
Taste: Heavy Sweet
Palate: Light body, oily texture, very dry finish
Overall: Very malty. Not a lot of Belgiany yeast or aromas. Almost like a dubbel, but not quiet. No hop presence, just pure maltiness. If I was blind tasting, I’d never guess it was a Belgian beer because of the maltiness. Very dry finish.
RCx240 (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coppery amber. Thin, foamy white head. Aroma is toffee, clove and raisins. Taste is sweet, rich toffee, wheat, plums and a touch of raisin. Finishes with notes of clove spice, and a faint alcohol heat. Rich and full bodied, slightly sticky, very soft carbonation. Not bad, but a bit overwhelming.
darrennelson12 (455) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In bottle .. aroma of toffee and raisins. Poured a nice hazy brown color ... looked like a dubbel. Taste was similar to the aroma, though quite sweet and almost a creamy texture. Overall OK, but in the league of the good Belgium beers .. I wouldn’t buy again
HonusWagner (1695) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nutty, slightly fruity, sweet dark belgian ale, something like a dubbel but without the pronounced estery notes. Interesting, but nothing special.
malrubius (2038) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brewfest. Dark brown with ring and a little lace. Nice caramel and spicy herbal aroma with dark bread and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet and very fruity with caramel and cherry and some tobacco bitterness with a touch of cough syrup and alcohol. Medium full body and decent medium soft Belgian palate. Too fruity and sweet IMHO. Still pretty good.
jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep muddied brown coloured body with a light copper and ruby glow and a very thin, fast-dying tan head, only a layer thick. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, raisins, malt, earth and a touch of figs and unfinished wort. Full-bodied; Rich caramel and malty flavours dominate with some pungent earthiness and a lot of pit fruit flavours right behind showing prunes, raisins and figs. Aftertaste shows a nutty flavour with hazelnuts and pecans along with a definite citrus characteristic. Overall, a very rich and malt heavy beer with some good flavours, but not as robust and complex as I would have liked. I sampled this tall (canadian style) 22 ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom - Eye Street), D.C. on 14-September-2014 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington on 10-October-2014.
nuplastikk (4953) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Filtered amber-orange. Not much of a head. Sweet, but not overbearing, and in a lot of ways very smooth. The yeast isn’t out of control or unruly like a lot of newer US examples. Almost has a maple syrup smoothness. Really mellow, enjoyable. Notably clean. I’d love to try this beer on tap.