merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle pours a hazed chestnut body that supports a striking satiny head. Delicate sheets of lace form on the goblet. Aroma is nutmeg, vanilla, pepper, molasses, raisins, red plums, and cherries. Almost full bodied in the mouth with a silky carbonation. Taste is very complex. Malty raisins and molasses. Fruity cherries and red plums. Vanilla, spicy peper and nutmeg. Esters and phenols come together very well here. Very nice!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 11.2oz from Sam’s, Durham. A 2006 bottle that’s aging just wonderfully. This beer stands out in the memory and, with each bottle cracked, you’re reminded why. Pours a deep dark brown, with glints of ruby in the center, with a smallish but lively head. I love the vibrant body that these dark Belgian strongs get, it seems to combine extremes quite nicely. The nose is toffee and yeast, with some warm spice in there just faintly. But once you get into the beer, the spices emerge marvelously along with plums, anise, and port. The carbonation and the full body get it tingling at the start, but the deep, mellow, complex flavors gives this a resinous and long finish that’s bitter in the right degree. Warming, full bodied, multi-textured, this one is amazing.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
a gusher...but once that calmed down.....great estery nose with lots of dark fruits and rum
flavors of dark fruits and raisins....and a bit of the bananna comes through
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Bottle. A cloudy dark brown beer, with a large, frothy, mostly diminishing light brown head. The aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, caramel, toasted/roasted grain), with notes of raisin, alcohol, figs, brown sugar, banana, cinnamon, licorice, toffee and prunes. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, sticky/thick texture, soft carbonation, pretty long finish with light bitterness, moderately alcoholic. A sipper of excellent quality. Spicy and strong like a Christmas beer, it’s only a little bit sticky and without enough bitterness to balance to achieve perfection.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with a off-white head. No amount of words can describe the complexity and depth of aroma, body and flavours that come from this beer. Its spicy without being disjointed, full and sweet without being cloying, complex without being complicated. The liquorice in the finish is just amazing. If I were to only have one beer to drink for the rest of my life this would be it.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - APR 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle, 2006 vintage. Dark brown with a small brown head. Sweet but not a very heavy aroma of raisins, yeast and even some alcohol. Sparkling mouthfeel that turns into a soft warming drink. Caramel, malts and some bitterness from hops in the flavor. Otherwise well hidden ABV but the finish has a bit of exploding alcoholic taste.
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2008 bottle at bruges beerjtke. pours dark rusty brown, almost black, good thick sustained head, tastes of dark fruits, almost rum. excellent beer.
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 (730) - 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)