5000 (5651) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Super dark, black, huge frothy brownish head, sticky lacing.   Strong spicy nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.   Seems like an Autumn like spiced ale to me, which I do absolutely love.   Oh... but
on the tongue its not as sweet as I smelled.   Reminds me a bit of smoked salmon with heavy yet dull ginger snaps.   This is a weird one... okay, the aroma was nice, but on the tongue its making me rethink physics and holiday
baking.   Spicy, but lacks sweetness to balance it out.   It really is an astringent Ginger Snap cookie.   Yikes!   Not as heavy or thick as I thought, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as sweet or smooth as I
expected for a Belgian Strong.   This is like the Christmas Cookie that wont say no.   Christ, go away already!   I don’t want another, I have tasted enough of your shrubby/tree like smarmy attitude.   Your sister is
likely much sweeter, but you pissed her off and she is no where to be found.   I am sad, and I will give you the score of someone who has no other cookie friends.   You are alone, alienated, and making children angry in your lack
of sweetness and attitude towards traditional yummy cookies.   Go f*ck yourself 12-12-12, you are like a Christmas nightmare that comes true.
TheJester (1656) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Looks more like a porter than a Belgian. Nice brown head. Smells more like a Christmas ale than a Belgian. Lots of brown spice. The flavour is quite big and complex. Brown spice, booze, roast, cocoa powder, . It all works fairly well together. more dry than sweet. A nice bitterness in the finish - feels like a roast bitterness rather than hops, but what do I know? Points for creativity for this one.
EtTuCthulhu (753) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged until opened on August 4, 2013.
This brew, as soon as the bottle is tipped over, pours like oil and is an opaque black color with a medium brown head, and the aroma hits you hard with a complex combination of clove, roasted malts, and gingerbread. The taste is mildly bitter, slightly sweet, and quite umami, and the palate combines a full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a long, spice-filled finish.
jake65 (2450) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BuckeyeBoy, thanks. Pours a dark brown with more than a finger of dark beige head. Nose is ripe with spices and Belgian yeast. Cinnamon and cloves. Whoa... tastes like gingerbread? It really does! Cinnamon and ginger, some cloves, a little Beglian yeast, and it finishes with molasses. Sweet and spicey; there is no way I can finish the bottle alone, but this was a neat brew and fun way to end the VE series.
reberiii (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, black pour, opaque, with three fingers of caramel foam. Slightly Belgian nose, bitter roast finish. As this beer warms, the dark fruit nose becomes more and more apparent, and the full malt body covers the burnt roast bitter. When at appropriate temp, this beer is very well rounded.
BelgianBeerGal (2874) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belmont bottle about 7-8 months old. Pours super dark with big, brown foamy head and sheets of lacing. Huge spicy aroma that reminds me of Christmas from trees to gingerbread. Big bold flavor that starts with spruce and spice but settles out into some nice roasted malt and a hint of bitterness. Lots going on here but well done. All’s well that ends well.
boto (1762) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque dark brown color. There was a huge tan head on it that lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. The nose is interesting. There are a lot of spices in there. Allspice, cinnamon, faint ginger clove and orange. While they aren’t overpowering on their own, they seem to be keeping any malts and hops hidden. Interesting taste. Pretty fair amount of spices mingling together, along with some chocolate. There is some bitterness coming through, as well as some fruits in the finish. A very interesting brew.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth and well-rounded chocolate and mild clove/cinnamon. Sweet and a bit cloying as it warms. Finishes with earthy spices and dark sugars. Excellent. Shame it was a one-off.
wisdomsolo (157) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is filled with exotic spices. It pours a chocolatey opaque brown. The flavor is allspice, smoke, cinnamon, clove. It has a rich and full mouth-feel. Very good beer. Exotic.
Westmeister (1316) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour thick black with frothy dark brown head and bit of lacing. Smell is a giant amount of Holiday spices, dark roasted malts, some cocoa. Taste was the same with all kinds of spices coming through. After reading the label I can pick up most of what is being described. Creamy chocolated mouth. Spicy, roasted finish. For it being mid-July and this being more of a Christmas beer it drank rather nice.