kbudd19 (365) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle from GothGargoyle thanks a ton man! Sampled side by side with a 2007 (not infected) bottle of the regular. Pours a dark murky brown a little bit darker than original. Nice white head that dissipates, and leaves a nice pattern resembling our fine province. Aroma - sweet brown sugar notes, a bit of herbal maybe? Surprisingly the aroma is muted compared to the 2007 bottle that smells like a fine sherry. Taste - sweet sticky mouthfeel, some bitterness, candy sugar, plumb like notes, with a semi sweet/bitter finish. The 07 is much more pronounced and rich in flavour for sure a lot of oxidation but it works well. The 08 reserva is very good also, a very different finish, less oxidation, with a more hoppy (bitter) finish, some subtle spice is mixed in but I don’t really pick up on the oak and overall the flavour is a bit muted compared the regular. Two very different beers. But both very tasty I like the regular better.
luttonm (2048) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Uber in Seattle. Gorgeous, still brown. Rich with small head. Deep, soft fruit, slight medicinal. Red grape, ruddy tannin. Sweet sip, terrific.
rxeight (975) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 bottle. Brown Carmel pour. Somewhat boozy sweet Belgian Carmel aroma. Taste is Belgian spice, oak, some banana. Had this after the regular 2011 and bought the regular was better. Still pretty tasty.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-bodied, but not much head. Figgy and dark fruit aromas immediately shine through and are soon followed by sweet figgy flavors, dark fruit, and just a pinch of sherry depth. A solid brew, but rather on the sweet side.
BMMillsy (1095) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Snagged this bottle off a shelf at Dawson’s in Severna Park, hiding behind some other brews while home for the holidays. 2009 bottle poured to a Unibroue tulip on 1/9/14. The bottle says only 3,000 bottles of this made. Not a bad find! Pours a murky dark brownish purple with a small off white or khaki colored head. Beautiful aroma of plums, super ripe pears, raisins, tobacco, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, lots of beautiful mellow oak with a nice helping of booze that makes me almost think this was bourbon barrels. Flavor of raisins, plums, brown sugar, some warming booze, light cocoa, toffee, tobacco, and much more spice than would be expected from the aroma. The oak dries out the finish a bit and keeps this a very smooth and mellow brew despite the alcohol and spice present. The mouthfeel is heavy, like huge imperial stout heavy, and yet has low to medium carbonation. This was pretty freaking awesome.
guzgorog (149) - FRANCE - JAN 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2009. Belle couleur brune foncée avec des reflets bordeaux, fine mousse brune. Nez très riche, baies noires : mures, cassis, cerises griottes à l’eau de vie, chene, vin rouge, sucre candy. Très puissant en bouche : résine, chene, raisin, banane, le corps est lours, liquoeurx, l’alcool est bien. La longeur en bouche est exceptionnelle. L’arome comme le goût sont très complexes. Une très grande bière.
Advocate_Ames (361) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle. Pours a dark mahogany and carbonated nicely leaving a fine layer of foam that floated on the surface. The aroma is of sweet sugar, fruit, weak carmel, hidden booze, crystal malts, spices, and mild oak notes. A very pleasant aroma. In tasting I noticed a sweetness from the malts and fruits. I picked on carmel malts, light licorice, weak acidic tones from the fruit, mild bitter cocoa, and very weak booze. The finish was sweet, malty, and acidic. A very drinkable beverage. Overall a great brew.
danielyabu (1063) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
small frothy fizzy light brown head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick dark amberish-brown body. aroma: moderate malty, dark chocolate, mild coffee, prune, ruby port, alcohol. if: heavy sweet light acidic. ff: moderate sweet light acidic light bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderate alcoholic finish.Espuma se torna cremosa após alguns instantes. Maravilhoso sabor de frutas secas, predominando uva-passa. Dulçor maltado, leves toques de chocolate. No final do gole, sente-se uma saborosa acidez que lembra a que ficamos após comer uma ameixa vermelha fresca. É também perceptível a presença amadeirada no paladar, proveniente do envelhecimento em barris de carvalho. Espetacular cerveja, esconde bem os 10%. Sua acidez no final do gole também lembram taninos de vinho tinto seco, menos forte que um cabernet, talvez um carmenère. Tal acidez começa a aparecer durante todo o paladar bem no final da cerveja, quando a mesma já ganhou temperatura, conferindo a ela novas nuances, de frutas vermelhas frescas. 350 s
Experiment_Ale (437) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At my parents after opening Christmas gifts. Pours brown murky. Aroma is dark fruits, darks moth Belgium fruit, taste is fruit, caramel. Taste is nice dark fruits, very smooth very warm. Beautiful Christmas sipping beer.
Hopped_Silly (409) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 330ml bottle. Duvel tulip. 60 degrees. Minor gusher. Black pour. Thin tan head. Lovely aromas of dark fruit, red licorice, vanilla and spices. Very elegant, balanced palate, with very fine, super creamy carbonation!! Wonderful mouthfeel!!! Alcohol is completely integrated. Flavors of dark, dried fruit, figs, prunes, sweet tobacco, cola, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, ripe banana and spices, elegantly linger on the palate for minutes!! Concentrated flavors, yet very refined and elegant overall.. Great stuff! Mmmmmmmmm.... Don't pass this up! For the style, this is near the top of its class, if not one of the best. Simply awesome! I want more... a lot more.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...