OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark with no light coming through with a tan 1 finger head. Aroma hits you with sweetness of dark fruits, mainly a raisins and plums with some cherry followed by Belgium yeast and alcohol. On the lips you are hit up front with these dark fruits, mainly raisins followed by the Belgian charectoristics you would expect. A good amount of alcohol is noted on the finish. Mouthfeel was very nice with a silky smooth finish and hardly any carbonation, making this the best part of this beer to be honest.
chinchill (3127) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. .Pulling the cork released almost no pressure, and the pour and thin head confirmed very low carbonation. The mouthfeel, however, was just fine in this respect. The main weaknesses in the feel, instead, was the nearly inevitable signs of high ABV, This too, however, blended nicely with the flavor profile of the ale.
Appearance: The beer poured very dark brown, near black, with dark brown highlights at the edges. While the tan head quickly reduced to a thin ring, it did leave a tiny amount of lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruits, plums, raisins and cherries.The high ABV gives a suggestion of fruit liqueur. Sweet with some toasted bread.
Taste: Dark bread and dark fruits, including plums, figs and cherries. Nice balance and complexity. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast in the finish and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full, smooth body despite a mild alcohol bite and some alcohol warmth; low carbonation,
BigBeer45 (1336) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles from Champanes, four bottles sampled over a 1 ˝ year spread,
this ale had a hazy dark brown pour that got clear as it warmed, and it gave a small thin film cover of off-white bubbles that receded to a couple of small islands and thin ring,
it left some spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I found no sediment in the bottle,
this ale had aromas of date, raisin, fig and plum dark fruit with brown sugar, dark bread, faint spice and faint caramel,
the nose had a good amount of bread and fruit sweetness,
there were flavors of dark malt, dark bread and dark fruit, a little brown sugar,
the finish had a touch of pepper spice with dark malt and dark fruit carrying over,
it had a medium to full mouth feel with a bit of creamy feel, and felt like it had a soft to average carbonation, there was a little alcohol warmth on the throat,
I think more carbonation would help the nose and flavor of this drink,
aging did not help this beer except maybe deplete the sweetness a bit, it was a ok beer but a little disappointing for a quad.
Gerbeer (2401) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with light head. Aromas of licorice, jammy dark fruit (old plums), and dark sugars. Flavors of dark sweet malts, dark fruit (plums and blackberry jam), a little wood, and a very slight smokiness. Slight warmth. Fantastic. This one can age a bit I think...
mfhennig (153) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured to a shifter, dark brown, minimal head. Aroma of plums. Very sweet and candyish. Alcohol content is very well hidden. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and wouldn’t turn down another, but to me it’s one of those one time beers, just too sweet.
pintbypint (2976) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBAG 2015. Sample taken from a brown 375ml bottle. Unclear brown from the bottle, almost no head. Aromas of banana, caramel, fruity - rasins and plummy sweetness. Taste is similar with caramel, soft chocolate tones, yeasty banana and fruit notes. Good.
DuffMan (8057) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2015 by Sid. Dark reddish brown, sweet and malty, dark fruits and dark sugar, estery but with lots of residual sugars. Pleasant, but not one I could drink a lot of.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3346) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in my St-Feuillien type Chalice glass it pours a surprisingly dark brown that is virtually black with no head beyond a second and zero lacing. The nose is sweet, fruity, plums, port, cinnamon & toffee. Medium bodied with a surprisingly light spritzy carbonation + mouthfeel - very effervescent. Warmth spreads from the pit of my stomach while sugared plums, cinnamon & cloves, sweet treacle flavors dance in my mouth. This is pretty damn good.
swesson (307) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle at Delano in Las Vegas. Pours an inky black and makes a medium brown head. Aroma is of dark fruits, sugar, molasses. This is a big, wonderful Belgian-style dark ale. It is sweet and bigger than life in taste. Raisins, plums, yeast. Awesome.
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JDBaker11058 (1567) - Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: dark brown with purplish highlights and a short light brown/purplish creamy head. Aroma: big nose full of raisins and plums, bourbon, molasses, candi sugar, light wood, vanilla, and spice. Taste: sweet dark fruits, especially plums of course, with caramel, brown sugar, molasses, lightly charred oak, and Belgian yeast. Finish: lingering fruity and boozy sweetness, with a smooth and slightly slick palate; alcohol reasonably well-hidden. Notes: A delightful beer to end Father’s Day brunch. Draught at Birch and Barley, Washington, DC.
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ ChurchKey, Washington, DC
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, plums, raisin, caramel, alcohol and hint of brown sugar. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm, dried fruity and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.