bhensonb (11800) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sort of malty, chocolaty, clove aroma. Brown to deep ruby when held to strong light (tulip glass). Flavor like a smooth brown ale - chocolate coffee holding down the malt. Dry, considering the malt; maybe that’s what lean malt means. Medium thick feel, with tiny bubbles. Alcohol seems to dissolve the fruit aspects quickly. Dark fruit like dried grapes or plums, but only hints. Finishes with a sweet n sour aspect. Chocolate lays on the tongue. Never detected banana, but it’s spring, so the nose may not know.
Tmoney99 (11359) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Batch 17 shared by alexsdad06.
Poured clear reddish/brown color with an average brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Very complex dark fruit, caramel and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex chocolate bittersweet flavor with medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a standout beer.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Batch 01-bottle@Hoboken#1-thanks Eugene/ beastiefan2k–pours an off white head and cloudy orange/brown color. Aroma is fruity, alcohol, herbal/spicy. Taste is medium malt-non-sweet caramel, alcohol, fruity, herbal/spicy. Occasional.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: Mail Order
dark clear ruby, big beige head, sweet ripe fruit aroma with light spicy esters, sweet ripe fruit flavor, light tartness, well balanced
same wonderful rich fruity malt flavor,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
bierkoning (10736) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle from NickD717, thanks! Dark brown color. malt, plums, dried figs and licorice in the aroma. Malty flavor, fruity with some roast, blackberries, tannines, chocolate and dried fruit. Some earthy hops. A good balance in this abbey-like beer.
Lubiere (10636) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A burgundy copper red ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, interesting oily cloves, caramel, fusel alcohol, and woody notes. In mouth, an oily candy suagr with orange peels, intense and lovely aniseed and licorice, alcohol warmth, very pleasing. On tap at brewpub, August 17, 2009.
madsberg (10592) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Brownish dense head. Chocolate, fruits, alcohol and spices in the aroma. Flavour is sweet and fruity. Notable alcohol and nice spices. Is quite smooth and balanced. Medium to ful bodied. Has a light bitter yeasty and acidic end. Nice. Thanks to Degarth for this.
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Ma Che, Roma, 09/02/13, sourced from Beermongers, PDX.
Lightly hazed chestnut brown with a thin off white head that clears to a film and the edge of the glass.
Nose is dark fruits, light yeast, spice, dates, orange.
Taste comprises dark malt, yeast, dates, farmy notes, brett tones, candied sugars.
Medium bodied with light spritzy carbonation, a little too much for my liking.
Overall a decent Belgian strong but at the lower end of the RR spectrum.
Ratman197 (10446) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle[batch 2] poured a clear reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit and light spice. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of spice, brown sugar, hints of plum and grape with a lingering lightly sweet finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10387) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 Bottle, batch 010. Updated rating (score and notes) on 8/24/2011.
Draught at Avery. Pours hazy brown with a small, frothy, light brown head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (herbs), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of dark melanoidins and fruit (dates, plum, raisin) with vinous notes. Flavor is malt dominant, light chocolate, dark fruits, and melanoidins. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a dry finish.