flylikeabanana (158) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at RR. Dark amber brown pour with a thin, rapidly dissipating tan head. Aroma of caramel, plum, and roasted malt. Taste is thick, sweet, and characteristic of the style. Raisin, sugar, and a mildly bitter finish.
Imperial_Scout (133) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at Brew pub, Pours dark copper with tan head. Spicy nose, toffee and caramel. Dried grap taste. Not bad, but not one of my favorites.
demmbonz (302) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a 375 in a couple of snifters. Much darker than expected. Some ruby highlights but otherwise as dark as night. Huge cumulus clouds looking head. Pillowy and brown. Smooth texture with a little fizz bite. Sweet, fruity and malty. On par with many things I had in Belgium. More please.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak woody aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor with weak yeasty hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.
tkrjukoff (3360) - SWEDEN - APR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ brewpub. Pours clear mahogany ruby with a smalk beige head. Aroma is fruity malty spicy a bit herbal and yeasty with some phenolic tones. Flavor similar, sweet fruity and medium bitter.
dbarnold (1073) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
damn this was good...aged about a year, and I think that helped. Pours plum colored with off white head. Super super smooth, taste of dark fruit, fig, yeast. Dry finish. Way too drinkable for 9.5%
Ed5388 (521) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a big tan head and good lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit, and spices. Taste is raisins, caramel, chocolate, malt, and some alcohol coming through.
sepia5 (230) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly translucent mahogany with moderate carbonation apparent. Nose is caramel, some dark fruit, and a metalic note. Flavor is the same, without the metal, and with some sweet molasses notes. Really good mouthfeel for a beer of this style.
JCB (3806) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Santa! Kinda surprised that it took me so long to finally try this one from RR. And though I’m generally not big on the heavy, strong dark ales these days, this one delivered mightily. Deep brown pour with amber hints, loads of carbonation. Strong sweet malts and ripe yeast in the nose, with a full range of fruits. While there’s more banana and so forth in the aroma, there’s a nice citrus component that keeps things balanced and quite flavorful, steering the beer well away from the heavy, chewy quality that often afflicts this style. Good stuff.
mikedR (362) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The epitome of a fine dark Belgian. Incredibly smooth and incredibly balanced. Fruit in the aroma and in the taste, with just the right hint of spice. ABV says 9, but it drinks like a session beer; not a whiff of astringency. Near-perfect!
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