Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a thin white head with some lacing but poor retention. Aroma is banana, cloves, butterscotch, sweet malt and raisins, but you could never tell this is a 12% abv, there is almost no alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is similar to the aroma, although it is sweeter, with some yeast, but still alcohol is very subtle for a 12% beer. Mouthfeel is creamy with a full to medium body and a medium carbonation. A very good winter beer.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bad boy pours a dark brown/cola body with a thick and active, tiny bubbled froth. Excellent lace and retention speak of quality yeast proteins. Huge raisin and Christmas cake nose, some prune, and caramalized fig. Burnt sugars and yeast take you to the flavour.......some clove, spices (mostly allspice, nutmeg), lots of yeast, dark fruits (plum, fig) provide sweetness and theres a decent hop profile as well. This is one of the most phenolic beers I have ever had. Fantastic.Very sweet, but not overly so. Complex, just as much as the original, but the flavours are more concentrated.Sweeter for sure, but more concentrated. A winter beer for warriors and real beer lovers. Simply delicious.
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
brownish color, tan head sugary cherry vanilla nose, dark fruit caremel brown sugar and some spices make for a great flavor, nice alcohol warming. At LCBO
Cartoonkhaki (1246) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark ruby body looks like cola. Tan head that is quite active and settles down quickly. Aroma is a complex mix of fruit and malt and a little alcohol. Flavour is sweet with fruits... stewed .... Palate is smooth with alcoholic bites here and there and lots of carbonation. Very good.
robinvboyer (4062) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
offwhite brownish head fades quickly. Very darl cloudy brown color. Aroma is very similar to the regular aventinus, nice banana, cloves, and maltiness, mixed in there for good measure, there is also some deep fruit aromas. Flavour is complex. A good amount of the estery banana, but lots of ripe fruits, figs, and dried plums. Very smooth beer, the alcohol doesn’t seem to be present, and is hidden very well, but the alcohol does appear in a very nice warming of the throat in the finish. Superb beer, a great winter warmer/sipper.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’06 bottle #10527. Consumed12-09-07 side-by-side with regular version. As others have stated chestnut color fits rather well. Tannish head fades rather quickly. Aroma pretty close less rotten banana with some alcohol in the background. Flavor doesn’t have as big of a banana characer, but more sweet dark candied fruits. Alcohol takes over towards the finish, diminishes score a little bit. Wheat not as chewy, sweeter and almost cloying at times. Still pretty solid overall.
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle- pours a cloudy brown with good carbonation. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong with this one. Almost smells like a Unibroue. Taste raisins and the alcohol is well hidden for a 12% brew. Very easy to drink. Overall an extremely well done German brew.
cheap (5209) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Freshly baked Italian bread and chocolaty milk olfactory. Inpissate when poured from the bottle. A swirling, hypnotizing, brown beer. Good representation of a dark beer for the human eye. Feels like a high perched copse on the tongue, no detectable carbonation, just something creamy, clear and free. Sweet, mephitic and aphoristic, all in one swig. Overall, borders on impudicity. Though a rather strong beer, it hides it’s 12% alky nature with prim and pretension. This stuff is pretty much on par with the regular Aventis.
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, that I had to really push for to get (supposed to be in stock, still in the back, mis-marked; thankfully the LCBO employee was friendly and helpful enough to go search it out for me). Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, and murky brown, almost black actually, with a large beige head, that almost has a purple tint to it. It’s so dark and murky I can’t even make out a definitive over-all colour when I hold it up to some light. Aroma: lots of yeast, fruity esters, hints of the alcohol, sweet hints of malt complexities, fairly powerful smelling actually. NOTE: The aroma actually does eventually start to spread throughout the room! Taste: POWERFUL! In a good way of course. The yeast hits first, setting the stage for the sweet fruity aspects, which gives way for alcohol, then a very loooooong sweet, malty, complex finish. I swear my tongue almost vibrated during the finish with the sweet flavours rolling up and down it. You can definitely tell this is a 12% ABV brew, yet the alcohol isn’t cloying, it just calmly makes itself known. The mouth-feel is probably fuller than any other beer I’ve ever had! It’s so complex I’m tasting totally new things while just sitting here and thinking about it. Actually every sip I take seems to be something new, but there seems to be an underlying theme of fruits, not necessarily just dark ones like prunes, but also vague hints of peach, grapes and cherries? Wow. Another theme seems to be the bubble-gum sweetness flavour that I really liked in the normal Aventius. The thickness and sweetness almost makes me think of maple syrup, with some musky woodiness added. WOW. I can not stress enough how impressed I am. The more whiffs you take, the more you can smell, and the more you let it sit and warm, the more complex and tasty it gets. The 12% ABV seems to demand respect for this beer, and it is not undeserved!
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour puts a murky chestnut colored beer in the goblet with a sufficient sticky cap that laces.
Aroma is like Aventinus but less pungent and more defined and complex...clove phenolic bubblegum-passion fruit-banana and cocoa is very distinct...glorious !
The flavor is Aventinus doppelbock on steroids..the concentrated malt acts like a rich viscous sweet bread blanket which floods the palate leaving the banana-bubblegum-fruity esters to poke up through it and the clove phenols stab through this complexity the ice process creates.
This is my flag beer...I love it...it’s pretty much bottled sex