erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2006 sampled 11/16/07.
Opens with a lot of CO2. No gushing. The pour is a challenge with all of the CO2. Huge lasting white frothy head. The aroma is huge caramel backed by vinous sherry notes, dark fruits, and barnyard character. A rich lush body that is made more drinkable by the high level of CO2. The flavors are instantly sweet caramelized malt and dark cabernet. The wild yeast characters of the beer make the vinous character come out in full force. The finish is sweet and satisfying with a ever so light dryness once the fluid has left the mouth. A great Belgian dark ale.
MrBunn (2674) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - 2006 vintage. Dingy brown pour with a smallish head and a strange ammount of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Aromas are wonderful. Dark fruit (especially fig), brown and candi sugar. Flavors are not as complex or heavy as Pannepot, but this is very nice. The sweetness is there as well as the dates and fig flavors with a touch of alcoholic warmth and some spices that linger a little.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruit, yeasty, spice aroma. Murky brown, with nice head. Sweet sipping beer. Burnt fruit, candy. Alcohol, dry finish, slight bitterness. Enjoyable to try, but not really my bag.
TheJester (2414) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Thanks to radiomgb.) 330 mL bottle from 2006. It’s translucent ruby/orange/brown, if that’s possible, with little head. The aroma is sweet, with dried candied fruit and candi sugar being prominent, and there is the slight aroma of alcohol. The taste is much the same, although it does not seem out of balance. You can detect dark honey, sweet fruit, spice, and a slight alcohol burn, with a little bitterness in the finish. The body is very full. Sweet, but a very good beer.
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle served quite warm (maybe 100 minutes out of the fridge) but not quite room temperature.
I opened this one to celebrate the birth of my first niece earlier this evening. It’s exceptional. The pour is dark, dark brown with a modestly-sized rather coarse and sudsy head. (Despite the inelegant description, it was very pretty and almost deserves a 5 for appearance.) Aroma has a lot going on: molassas and nutmeg, apple and raisin. There’s even more going on in the flavor, to the point that it almost seems to be a hodgepodge at first sip - though as one enjoys instead of analyzing it leaves little to be desired. Caramel apple with hints of sour oak, chocolate-covered toffee, again the nutmeg and mulling spice, dried plums. Hops are way in the background. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy, again nearly cloying at the first sip but mellowing as one goes forward to this exceptionally creamy milkshake showing exactly no hint of the 10% in heat, only in density.
I don’t want to analyze; this was a beer to savor and a beer that was hard to drink slowly. Wonderful.
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pefectly formed creamy mocha colored head on top of a dark purple and garnet colored body. Heavy fruit scented yeast esters in the nose: dates, plum, walnut, sweet. Flavor is similar, amplified by a really pleasent creamy soft palate. A bit too sweet and spicy (chemicals) up front, and over the middle it’s more of a artificial candy sweetness, like jolly ranchers. Ends on a down note, with a lingering coating of this same artificial-like sweetness, but also with a lighter nut and fruit (trail mix?) note.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Muddy brown, hues of burnt caramel, moderate to thin off-white head, dies quickly, lacing is sparce.   Wonderful
combination of licorice, dark pitted fruits, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and all-spice.   This smells so good!   Has a minor pumpkin
type flair.   Sweet malts on the tongue, almost candyish in nature.   Dark pitted fruit, spices, just wonderful.   Doesn’t
appear to be all that thick, and in fact seems somewhat watery for a Belgian.   However, the alcohol is very well hidden.   One of
the easier 10% beers I have ever drank... wow!   I do find it odd that it does feel almost thin.   Carbonation is low.   Quite
different from Pannepot.   Flavorful finish, licorice and dark pitted fruit.   On the sweeter side, but because its not heavy its
not cloying at all.   Similar in flavor profile to Pannepot, but just not there in mouthfeel or body.   Still delicious tho!
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brownish ruby with a medium creamy/bubbly tan head that left lacing. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, toffee, Belgian yeast, fruity, a mix of various spices, earthy and a touch of alcohol. Flavor of nuts, dark fruits, roast, toffee, a mix of spices that are nice but hard to narrow down, earthy, bready and Belgian yeast. On the dry side which really helps pull this beer together.
gunnfryd (13900) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, hop, licorice. Flavour is sweet, roasted, caramel, licorice, hop, alcohol, coffee. Very nice beer.
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a cloudy dark burnt orange with a minimal amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness and spices. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, lpum, raisin and spices with a smooth lightly sweet finish.