ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/9/2013.11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.
A: Pours a very dark brown with good opacity due to the haziness of the yeast. Huge yeast particles settle on the bottom of the glass. This features really impressive head retention for 12% - I poured it about 4 minutes ago and thereís still a solid off-white colored film left on top.
S: The first thing I notice is huge dark fruit sweetness, along with lighter fruit esters and even some faded hops. After a while, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate will enter the picture. Thereís a noticeable oxidation to the aroma, giving it both a stronger fruit vibe along with an underlying soy note to it. The alcohol presence is mercurial; itís about what I expected.
T: Flavors start off with a lot of ripe cherries and wheat malt. Afterwards, it shows hints of soy sauce (in a mild, pleasing fashion), chocolate, ripe pear, and apple. Not quite as deep, or even as intensely flavored as I expected. Once it warms up, it becomes more and more boozy without really contributing much complexity, and after a while becomes even sweeter; though it also becomes spicier in the finish as well. So yeah, this does have a bit of complexity and depth to it. Warts and all, this is a hell of an experience - and honest to God, itís enjoyable.
M: At the first sip, itís just about the silkiest damn thing Iíve ever put in my mouth. After a while, it becomes a bit more astringent and even boozy. Combined with the carbonation, it features that subtle íairy sponge cakeí quality to the texture. While itís hard for me to taste the alcohol, itís very easy to notice on the tongue, esophagus, and stomach - the syrupy finish doing its job to an extent.
O: Fresh, Iím sure the booze would knock my tongue out, but itís done a good job of evolving into something soft and mellow...ish. I seriously canít imagine how boozy this would be with only a month or two of age on it. The warmer it gets, the harsher it gets - and the less I want to drink it. Worth a try, but drink cold!
sharkydodson (855) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - FEB 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
the aroma is fruity and caramel with hints of dried banana, figs, toffee, sweet red wine, bisquit and candy... the taste is fruity and creamy with notes of dried apple, figs, port, bisquit, toffee and some spices... sweet, dry and warming aftertaste...
BenOver (221) - SLOVENIA - FEB 4, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with an aggressive head, which quite quickly settles. Strong coffee aroma and roasted malts. A hint of plumbs and some sweet honey notes in the aroma as well. Strong sweet first impression, followed by a very strong and with a more aggressive CO2 level pronounced roasted feel. Full mouth taste. An excellent body, which gives way to a slightly bitter finish through roastiness. The feeling you are left with when drinking this beer is... Being full :)
ciocanelu (591) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - FEB 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark brown color with creamy, beige head. Aroma is yeasty with lots of dark fruit character. You still get some of the wheat beer components like banana and clove but also the dried fruits like raisins and dates. Taste starts sweet and slightly boozy with lots of yeast esters. There is some bitterness on the finish and continues in the aftertaste but mostly itís a sweet, syrupy beer. Body is heavy and quite smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol level plus the intense yeast character make the beer feel a bit cloying but overall itís a nice, complex tasting beer.
beerplace (21) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Powerful dried banana in aroma with some sweet sourness and caramel. Sweet dark dried fruits in taste with a touch of alcohol. In some aspects similar to St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10 in taste. Good beer as digestive.
EvgeniyKurilov (100) - - JAN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Солод, банан, карамел& специи (гвозди почти без горечи, алкогол& не чувству&
Punkero (108) - FINLAND - JAN 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Licorice, rye, Christmasy boogie. Dark atmosphere. Thick body. Luscious. After careful sipping the bottom yeast is poured in and the whole shebang intensifies. Which is nice. Too strong for me. Iím weak. Still awesome.
sebwaw (57) - POLAND - JAN 25, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in teku. Bottled in October 2012. Pours with beige and rocky head, which very quickly reduces to tiny layer. Colour is very intense, dark ruby, very clear. Delicious aroma, lots of dried fruits, raisins, cherry, vanilla, toffe, dark chocolate and hints of woodiness as well as sourness (grapes). Very pleasant and encouraging. Before taste, you feel the power of this beer, its not alcoholic but very heavy. Taste is not disappointing, full of sweet maltiness, cherry, distinct bitterness and very long finish. Its really sticky as well. Great beer, very complex and uncompromising.
neurbob (102) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to wine glass. Dark brown coke color. Small foamy head dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is sweetness malt and clove and raisins. Sweetness, yeast, raisin, alcohol with pleasant bite. Sticky but smooth. Medium carbonation that dissappears. Chunky yeast sediment in bottle. A nice change of pace.
Fredd_an (234) - Borlšnge, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mestadels små bubblor, Beize skumkrona väldigt mörk siraps/amber färg. Söt doft av olika torkade bär såsom plommon, russin m.m. Söt, seg sirapsaktig smak med lite knäck & kola, även här torkade bär, enkel ton av kaffe i eftersmak.
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Shot (339) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a very thin head. Aromas of dark fruit, raisin, clove, brown sugar, coffee. Flavors are sweet and fruity. Definite presence of German ale yeast. Raisin, plum, coffee, spice...hint of dark chocolate...vanilla...vinous tones...very complex flavors. Notable roasty bitterness and booziness. Sticky mouthfeel. Very nice.