jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle: pours dark brown with ruby around the bottle bulb of the glass. The head pours about 2 fingers high and rocky slowly going down to a thick film over most of the top. a beautiful beer. Aroma is vinous, with some roastiness, and yeastiness. It still maintains a fresh note on the tale end of the aroma, somewhat piney, and with some traces of alcohol. Flavor is rich, with a particular slightly oily taste. beer is roasty, but not stout like. the aftertaste is very rich, yet dry, and spicy. Flavor as you drink showcases different spices. ginger at times, and cardamom. It seems also that there is a touch of coriander that accentuates the spiciness of the hops. As the finish approaches the beer shows some caramel character, and what I think is a smokiness. I also detect some soy... actually the last sip was all soy and spice. mouth feel is very active, sometimes a couple too many bubbles to really get the flavor of the beer. This wasnít really a beer I loved, I enjoyed the unconventionalness of it, but it didnít strike me as great. I have one more bottle that I will sample later. Definitely enjoyed the oak aged better, and would like to try it again.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
í06 Bottle: Courtesy of jsquire at the local tasting. Dark nut brown pour with a big, tan head. Spiced dark malts, toffee and pine are blended together perfectly to make what is easily one of the best smelling brews Iíve had. Very holiday-ish brew, I could imagine sitting by the christmas tree on a snowy night sipping on this. Wonderfully carbonated mouth feel. Dark roasted malts, cloves, cinnamon and some dark fruits come through in the taste. Has a perfectly balanced peppery finish to it. Damn near perfect.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle of 2005 vintage, from Boutip - thank you! Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head with good retention. Good god - aroma overwhelming! Spicy sweet, gingerbread & fancy molasses, crystal malt & saltwater taffy. Taste does not disappoint - Jigs Dinner (for you non-Newfoundlanders, salted ham) masala, bbq, dark honey. Slightly thin on the finish, but warm and sweet. My notes punctuated with expressions of rapture. Nice creamy body with perfect carbonation. Wow, this is one of the most complex, most delicious beers Iíve ever had. Thank you again, Boutip!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 11.2 oz 2006 vintage from yonkers65. Aroma of bitter chocolate, dark and dried fruits, brandy soaked lightly charred oak, spices and alcohol. Pours a thick opaque brown with a very dense and creamy light khaki head. Chocolate, amaretto, wet toasted oak, creme brulee, spiced maple syrup. Mmmm... quite tasty. The complexity only increases as the beer opens in the glass. Lush and creamy on the tongue. Slightly silky. A very pleasant alcohol warmth on the finish. Very nice stuff! Huge thanks to Bruce for this bonus beer!
Jayb0 (1136) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Holdwine for giving me a chance to sample this wonderful beer. The defining charcters of this beer for me was the incredibly soft palate for a beer of this abv, and the underlying zesty sourness that keeps the big, thick, beer in perfect balance.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle (2006) and served in a St. Sixtus trappist glass. This beer poured a deep, dark brown with a thin head of tan foam that lasted throughout the entire glass. A decent amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of sugary sweet dark fruits, caramel, candi sugar, chocolate, and some light alcohol. The flavor consisted of bakerís chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, and a healthy dose of warming alcohol. Really, really tasty! The mouthfeel was lush and silky smooth with a light amount of soft carbonation. This beer deliveried an excellent aroma along with a huge, complex array of flavors. It doesnít get much better than this. A fantastic beer!!!
GMCC2181 (1578) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really dark red color. Not much head but smells super sweet. You can smell all kinds of fruits going on here. Rasions, grapes, etc.. Taste is prunes, raisons, grapes and all other kinds of sweet fruits. Great texture, thick but not like stout thick. So smooth, Now I know why people love belgium beer so much. I also like the 10 percent, that you can barely taste. Great beer another every day drinker. Smooooooooth is all I have to say
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve never had a pour quite like this. The yeasty sediment was wonderfully visible in the last cloudy drops that fell from the bottle into my chalice that is reserved for such world-class brew-vadery. The aroma about knocked me over with strong dried prunes and burned brown sugar. The beer is very malty, creamy, and full on the tongue. The yeasty breadiness is evident throughout the experience. The flavor is complex and well-balanced with the warm presence of brown sugar, caramel, cloves, and dried fruits. The finish is clean with a slight alcohol burn and the Belgian "apple-white grape thing" (as one reviewer noted). This is one rich beer and took me a good thirty minutes to drink, but every sip a savor! As I finished the glass, I thought, Jeebus, this is only the fourth best Belgian strong ale they make?
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a full body with deep tones of chocolate, burnt oats, and rich malty richness. Very creamy and smooth. One of the best beers I have had and would buy again in a heart beat.
Goodgrief (1964) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Feb. 2007 - Dark brown pour with huge foamy longlasting head, nice lacing. Aroma was weak and mostly alcohol. Reminded me a lot of Rochefort 10 with strong dark fruit raisin/prune flavor, but this one, while super sweet, was nicely balanced with a whole host of other fruits, candied sugar. One of the richest beers Iíve had. Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.