Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty, dark, plum, spice, heavy on the alcohol. Honestly I like the Abt 8 marginally better. But still this is a fantastic brew. It puts North American imposters to shame. Also, Iím happy these come in small bottles. You only need a few sips of this stuff to begin to feel it.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 Pours a brown/burgundy with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet & fruity with toffee. Flavor is fruity and sweet. Smooth body with hints of raisins, plums, dates. Well balanced, nothing is overpowering. Finishes soft.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours out a dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malt and yeasty bread. Flavor is heavy with dried fruit including red raisins, prunes and black cherry with tinges of tanned leather, red wine, malt, yeast and caramel. The palate is incredibly complex, full, rich and viscous, the best attribute of the beer. Itís a great beer overall, didnít quite live up to the hype, but undeniably good.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally had a chance to have a bottle of this thanks to acertain who traded it to me for a few homebrews! Thanks man. Yeasty aromatics with a ting of mineral laden caramel. Chocolate, dusty raisins, died cherries, chewy, aromatic and amazing. Dark, ruby-brown in color with a tall, rocky head that thins. Flavor is full of rich and sweet plummy caramel malt with a warming finish that lasts and lasts. Toch of alcohol and a hint of a medicinal cherry starts coming out half way through the glass. Sweet and full-bodied with a creamy and warming ting of alcohol as it goes down the back of my throat. Yummy.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity aroma. Reddish amber color with off white head. Fruity and candy sweetness in taste. Amazingly easy and drinkable for being +11% alcohol. Best belgian ive ever had.
gnoff (8793) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 First rating
33 cl bottle from Swedish Systembolaget.
Dark red color, big tan head. Sweet and fruity scent, lots of raissin. Caramel and candy taste, very sweet and very nice. Rather low bitterness but very full mouthfeel. I really like this one.
(At a blind tasting)
Shady dark brown color, tan head. Fruity, citrus, hoppy scent, floral, soapy. Sweet, fruity, hoppy, alcohol taste. Alcohol aftertaste, also sweet. Smooth mouthfeel, moderate bitterness.
Rerate, 3 different vintages compared side by side on August 21, 2009.
BB 140114: Dark red to blackish color, fluffy tan head. Sweet, alcohol, fruity scent. Sweet, alcohol, perfume, warming taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitternes. Some licorice aftertaste also.
BB 070513: Slight bit hazy dark color, fluffy tan head. Sweet, candy like, perfume, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol, perfume taste. MEdium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
BB 021111: Hazy dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, vinous, alcohol, mezcal scent. Mezcal, alcohol taste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Bottle. I do not even know if words can describe this beer. There are some rare moments when you are drinking a fantastic beer that everything seems o.k. in the world. A feeling of serenity and joy overtake your mind, body and soul. This is that beer.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I usually am so much more about American beers than Belgians, but this one was amazing. Amazing flavor, lots of complexity, malts, raisins, caramel, nuts. The aroma was nice, feel was very full and silky in the mouth. Hid the 11.3% very well. The thing about this beer is it fills with so much flavor, but is overwhelming in no way, and the flavor is just perfect. Couldnít ask for more.
gregdl (6) - christiansburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love belgium beers, and this is the best Iíve had thus far. First sip you get a warm fuzzy feeling. Good chilled or at room temp. color is dark almost black,but not heavy in the taste. Aroma has hints of raisins. Finish is clean and pleasant unlike some dark beers.
This is my #1 beer.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Wow, wasnít expecting this at all...all the joy of a Christmas beer, only year round...nice chocoloate colour with a creamy, quickly dispersing head. Heavy sediment - black yummies galore. Aroma and flavour are hand in hand: caramel, walnuts, rum and plum, with a very, very rich edge. Soft and flowing. Luxury in a bottle. I am not worthy.
Re-rate - Bottle from Quaffs... Getting sick so I thought Iíd wrap up with a nice 10 and sweat it out...
Deep amber with an off white lasting foam of head. Nose of cocoa with a little liquorice, chicory, coffee and malt...some toffee and sweet dark fruityness. Stoutish dark baking choc in the mouth and a bit of dusty cocoa, liquorice comes rushing in with a touch of malt. Belly warming as it goes down, with a bitter hoppyness in the finish...Very drinkable, enough to up a point!