TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with burgundy highlights. Tan head with nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, rich malt, some fruit and spice apparent. Full malty flavor and mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to jimbowood. pours dark brown with a thin off white head. little lacing. aroma is sweet yeasty and fruity though i cant pinpoint any specific fruit as i have had too many beers tonight. mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. and i cant detect any alcohol. taste is sweet fruits malt and yeast. very good.
shrubber85 (9004) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cinnamon, stewed apple and plum aroma. Opaque dark brown with large head. Sweet plum/prune flavor with a moderate astringent/bitter finish. Flavor not quite a complex as aroma would lead you to believe.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice beer. A bit more mainstream than I was expecting, not being a regular drinker of Belgian Strong Ales. Beautiful dark copper body with some sediment and a nice white head. Flavor of wine, yeast, and alcohol, complex and subtle. Very smooth.
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one solid dubbel (or strong ale, whatever). Strong and spicy, it has some coriander perhaps and other great stuff. Worth trying. Caramel at the end.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour in a tulip. Alcoholic, yeasty, grape-like aroma. Highly carbonated. Date/raisin flavor intensifies and warms in the finish. Nice and smooth, despite the strong alcoholic overtones. Thanks to Brigadier for sharing.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured deep brown with medium bodied head and strong lacing. The initial aroma hinted at grapes, toffee, cherries and bread. As the first sip melted on my lips, I immediately picked up on a complex group of tastes - first toffee, then cherry and finally plum. The carbonation was evident but not overpowering. The palate was long lasting with a slightly bitter finish. This is one of the
best beers I’ve had to date.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Pours very dark brown with mahogany hues when held in intense light. Vigorous carbonation forms a thin tan head with excellent retention. Aroma of wine grapes, and bread dough with raisins. Taste is raisins, bready toasted malts, and dark candi sugar. Also aromatic fruity esters, notes of plum and sweet yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush, quite high carbonation. Quite delicious!
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12.30.05) 11.2 fl oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Bottle label states that it is best consumed before the end of 2004. Clear brown abbey ale having a small diminishing head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Sweet, yeasty, bread dough aroma. Full bodied that starts with rich, smooth malt sweetness and toffee/vanilla flavors. Finishes with light sweet malt aftertaste. Delicious, smooth and rich tasting, even though sampled one year past the expiration date. Best as a digestif. In a side-by-side comparison with St. Bernadus abt 12, the ales have a similar flavor but the prior 8 is somewhat drier. Much better flavored than the Westvleteren 8 and Rochefort 8.
MoritzF (8726) - GERMANY - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Hazy and cloudy dark amber colour with a foamy tanned medium head. Sweet malty and plum-fruity aroma with yeasts; notes of brandy when it warms. Sweet flavour, medium body, fizzy carbonation. Malty and fruity (dried plums, raisins) taste with notes of caramel and yeasts. Dry and slightly bitter finish, slightly alcoholic but not in a disturbing way.