nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottles, 2006 vintage. An unusual beer, but one of my favorites. Deep chocolate brown; most noticeable in the aroma and taste are the herbs and spices, which make it go in a very different direction from other dark Belgians where dark fruit and caramelized sugars are at the fore (though those flavors are present here too). The spices add a maritime quality, a sort of beer version of Scotch whiskies that taste of the sea. I’d love to try other vintages and the Reserva.
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of a friend from Cali. Poured into a trappist glass. Pours a dark dark brown with a gorgeous brown head. Aroma of maple sugar, cardamom, cinamon and alcohol. Taste is incredibly complex and becomes more so as the beer warms. Notes of chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, dark fruit, and an awesome dryness and a slight touch of sour on the finish. This is the beligan strong equivalent of an Orval, its Magic! Incredible beer, I just wish it was easier to find.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 pours. Chocolate phosphate brown with fluffy light creader filled head. maple dark sugars and cherry current notes. Nice, well developed and ballanced. Small amounts of dutch process coco are in the finish. (4.1first rate)
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this is what I’m talking about. Pours a rusty brown with a head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is all candy. Palate is full bodied and sherry like, due to oxidation, which, in this case is a great thing. Bottle is 2006. I would be very interested to try it fresh. But, not sure that that is very likely being that I live in Kentucky. I didn’t write down my notes when I was tasting, so this is all from memmory. I just know that is was fantastic.
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown colored beer with a beautiful almost brown foamy head. A very nice complex aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, like raisins. The smell is already great. then the taste, again the dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, like raisins and prune. All those flavors, they belongs together. How good a beer can be.
DSG (10543) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Re-rate 1/16/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks kerenmk. 2010 bottle. Dark brown color with a beige to light brown head. Aroma full of dark fruits, a bit vinous, some chocolate, alcohol , light roasty notes and some spiciness. Alcoholic flavor of dark fruits, some chocolate, spices and caramel. Medium to full-bodied. 6/4/6/3/12=3.1
(2/28/08) Bottle at Staminee de Garre in Bruges. 2006 Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a big beige head that disappears quite fast. Aroma of malt, caramel, some spices, notes of dark fruits and hints of alcohol. Great sweet flavor with malt, caramel, spices, a bit of fruits and some nice light roastiness. A slight alcohol kick. Medium to full bodied. Great. 8/4/8/4/16=4
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2006, enjoyed March 2008. It’s brown/black like a porter and the head is nice, huge, creamy and light brown. The aroma is vinous and complex with a light sweetness, notes of prunes, raisin, roasted malt, caramel and hints of licorice. The body is very full and nice, it has a light sweetness, notes of roasted malt, prunes, raisin, figs, caramel, hints of licorice and a very light bitterness. It’s very, very harmonic, complex and nice!
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Bottle at Uber-Tavern. This is absolutely the real deal. Bursting with raisin, fig, plum, date and dark caramel flavors. A great flavor effect, like coffee cake or a bread pudding crust. I can’t say more than what thousands already know. This beer will not disappoint.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond Industry Gathering 2007. Dark brown bdoy with a light brown head. Heavy spice and earthy aroma. Heavy spice flavor, with some belgian sugar. Medium light body.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
11.2 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Two words sum up this beer...smooooth and creamy. Almost exploded out of the bottle, but pours mahogany. Very creamy head and aroma of dark fruit. Flavor is complex, I detected raisins, malt, vanilla, oak, etc. 10% alcohol? No way, never saw that coming. Unbelievable beer, this is one beer that deserves 100.