fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Bottle, out of which the beer began to bubble as I turned my back to throw out the cap. The pour was then dark brown with much less head than I expected after the bubbling over, but with lots of small bubbles nonetheless. Typical dark Belgian strong ale look. Anyway. Aroma was very Belgium. Definitely some raisin, but also some lighter fruits, banana, lemon, pear amidst the hearty Belgian yeast and malt. Some background but still feisty spices played about as well, and of course there was some alcohol. Flavor was very zesty. An odd word, but I found a certain spicy lemon zest to again work itís way to the forefront amidst the more typical heavier flavors in such a brew. Very well rounded and complex. Mouthfeel had a certain creaminess often not found in the Belgians accompanying some alcohol-strong carbonation. Excellent.
7/5/08 So I just had this again, rerated it, and came up with exactly the same score...Definitely the highlight is the unbelievably creamy mouthfeel that exhibitis rich, sweet malt without ever approaching cloying or sticky.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a decent head. Aroma of dark fruity malt, some figs, raisins. Flavor is rich and filled with dark fruit notes; fig, raisin, dates, some brandy-like notes. An excellent, spicy brew and deceptively smooth at 10%.
DietPepsican (1546) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 Pours black with a thick off white head. Aroma of sweet sweet malts, sour apples, and sour grapes. Flavor of malt, apple, grape, raisin, blood like minerals, and spice. Finishes lightly carbonated with an alcohol burn.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a full head. Rich, sweet aroma and flavor. Hint of raisin and a slightly sour aftertaste. Nice smooth, creamy texture.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle from Beerworld of Largo, FL. Very dark brown in color, almost black with a medium-large brown head.
Complex and somewhat challenging aroma- vinous with dark fruits- raisins, red wine grapes, musty basement- yeasty, a moderate amount of dry chocolate, molasses, spices. Taste is moderately sweet with molasses, figs, raisins, dry bakerís chocolate, spices, and bread (yeast). Well attenuated, with a medium body like other dark belgian strong ales. Only slight alcohol perceived. Finishes lightly fruity, lightly sweet (caramel) and spicy. awesome belgian strong, one of the best I have had.
phantomtwister (19) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 A good belgium beer. Dark brown, but very sweet flavor. (to sweet for me).
Chocolate, coffee with a roasted taste.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 2006 bottle courtesy of theisti. Very dark brown, almost black, pour with very big mocha colored head. Nose is dark fruits, dates, deep maltly caramel and some spices. Flavor is wonderful mix of dark pitted fruits, soft wintery spices, toffee and a cinnamon bready sweetness. Very nice beer that makes me wish I were drinking it in some old tavern...but Iíll settle for my leather chair and BCS Championship game. Thanks Tim. Great beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Original bottle from wohlfs, í05 version. Medium to dark brown with huge off-white head, great lacing. Aroma is full of milk chocolate and faint spice. Flavor has tons of chocolate, toffee and decnet amount of spice to prevent from cloying. Very highly drinkable. í06 bottles I will rerate, I donít remember them being quite as good.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours extremely dark ruby red/brown aroma strong of spices, fruits, malts and soil. Smooth plums and spices come through, along with a Belgium character that demands respect. Excellent beer, I want more, Thanks our Belgium friends!!!
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a deep brown color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing. Dark fruit, bready malt and sweet spice aromas intermingle nicely. Medium body with a refreshing complexity about it. Flavors of raisins, roasted malt, chocolate and spices are all present. The finish is fruity with a lingering spice and malt aftertaste.