TrefwoordPunk (864) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle, 33 cl. After opening the beer almost exploded and gushed out of the bottle and I lost about 20% of my beer. The beer pours brown with no head (others do state a head, what’s wrong with my bottle?) The Aroma is spicey, sweet with lots of ripe fruits, toffee and bitter hops. nice spicey and bitter finish. Great beer but where’s the head?
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy mahogany with red around the edges and a solid khaki head. The beer is what one would expect from a Belgian...dark fruit (cherries, plum, prune, fig, etc.) and a noticeable sweetness of caramel/toffee. The alcohol content is fairly well masked...very drinkable for 10% abv. Good beer but not worthy of its 100%.
douglas88 (7800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours a dark brown/red with a nice beige head-awesome. The aroma is really deep; spices, some dark fruits and roasted notes. The taste is smooth and has no hint of alcohol; spices, plums, figs, semi-sweet Belgian chocolate. Really nice. A beer that is good anytime.
Stew41 (1857) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Vintage: Geez this was good. Amazing combination of spice, lifted floral red wine notes and malt drive. Such a balanced and beautifully constructed drink. Really impressive. Best beer I’ve had in some time.
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 it’s 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 (1571) - @ $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 baker’s 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.