Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33 cl. Head was huge fizzy and slightly off-white. Excellent lacing could be observed. Color was almost pitch black, until the glass was held directly under light. Then the color was dark brown. Delightful bouquet that reminded me of a good port wine. With other notes of fruit and floral as the baring notes. Molasses, caramel, light chocolate, banana, prune, spicy, date, raisin, ginger and to my surprise some smoke and soy sauce as well. Incredible complexity in the nose and mouth. Full bodied with a average carbonation and light warming alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor, with burned bitterness to balance this mother of all Belgian Strong Ale. Finish is sweet and fruity with some smoke like feel. Wow that was mind-blowing.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of beet candy, dried dark fruit flavors and very spicey. The palate is sticky sweet but extremly silky smooth and creamy. It finishes with some vegetable (asparagus), slight carbonation, sweet and with some toffee tones.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 bottle: pours very dark dark brown almost black with very large tan head three fingers. very sweet aroma with lots of spices maybe clove and nutmeg.
flavour is of spices and dark fruits. very sweet and spicey. lots of dark sugars in this one also.
rerate a year later bottle 2006:
the pour is still thae same very dark brwon witha giant tan head. with good retention. the aroma is fantastic the beer has loss alot of the sweetness it had before now it is more like deep caramel still has great spice aromas. also has good dark fruits and some plum. touches of vanilla finish this aroma off. the flavour is a terrific spice that warms just enough. there is a good dark fruit taste that is very raisin. some dark sugars come into play but are not overly sweet. this beer rocks!!!
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma is complex and the first things that jump at me are cinnamon, clove and sweet bread. Dark malts give it some roasty chocloate and caramel. .Flavor is a thinner version of aroma. This is a place holder as a sample does not give one time to fully appreciate the complexities this brew has to offer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle thanks to thebeercellar2: Pours to an opaque dark brown body with a huge, frothy & lasting tan colored head that almost looks as though it has a little bit of red coloring it as well. The aroma shows an interesting blend of burnt mint leaf, pine bark, roasted clove, mild eucalyptus, but underlying all this is what smells mild, but hints at a strong roasted, caramel, toasted malt base, it even shows hints of coca-cola at times (which to me smells like cinnamon, sweet caramel, syrup, and lightly tart molasses). The flavors are quite complex and unfold in what seems like three stages. Initial sip: light pine, sweet sugar cane, caramel, and citrus hops hiding in the background. Middle, while fully in mouth: roasted pine bark, roasted nuts (almonds?), apple, pear, coke, a brief hit of alcohol, mint, basil?, mild wood or toasted oak. Finish: vanilla bean, chocolate, bitter cocoa bean, mild coffee-infused wood, and hints of a spice I just canít put my finger on - mint/sage? pine/eucalyptus? Medium-full bodied, lively carbonation, and rich. This is a very complex beer with superb spicing that never overpowers while blending with all the flavors to create a unified, yet diverse, tasting beer. The one MINOR thing that I donít like is that it is just a little on the sweet side. The extended aftertaste gives a bit of dried anise and cherry.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 330ml, 2006 bottle, sampled next to special edition pannepot. thanks to holdenn for sharing this. poured dark brown with tan patchy head, nice lacing, this just looks amazing. the head had tan and slightly darker tan colors and may be the best head iíve ever seen. nose is really pretty spicy but more christmas spicy like nutmeg, cardamon, and cinnamon, thereís some chocolate in there too. flavor is really complex and balanced with notes of nutmeg, chocolate, oak, caramel, brown sugar, buscuit, and plums. a great flavor and balanced to perfection. mouthfeel is wonderful, very creamy and smooth. mild alcohol noticed in nose and finish. very long palate. my only knock on this is itís slightly boozy. you can tell right away why this is a top 50 beer.8/5/8/5/18=4.4.
1/26/08, iíve had this several times since then and perhaps like westy 12, your first one will be the best one youíll ever have. i still love this beer but at times it can seem a touch too sweet, body too thin, and all though it isnít boozy at all the alcohol adds a noticible sweetness to it. however, Iím still in love with this beer. the aroma and flavor are extremely unique, as this sits among the great trappist abts as the best strong dark belgian ales. awesome beer. 4.2.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Much thanks to Eric (footbalm) & Badgerben, for both hooking me up with a bottle of this. Pours a burnt brwnish/red with a huge creamy tan head. Nice spicy nose with hints of cardamon (thanks Ben), nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of roasted marshmallow tyoe sweet malt. Tastes like Christmas in a bottle! An explosion of flavor cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, and light floral balance. A really great light carbonation and creamy blance make this beer unbelievably good. It took me 2.5 hours to drink a 33cl bottle, so drinkability is not high, but why would you want it to be when its this good.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 bottle - dark amber color, a littly cloudy with a lovely beige head and tons of exotic lacing. Wonderful aroma of vanilla, caramel, molasses, and cocoa. Flavor is just fabulous - rich and complex without overwhelming the palate. Notes of licorice, caramel, toffee, cherries, a hint of vanilla and some spices. Remarkably smooth and inviting. An amazing beer.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle is shockingly smoky smelling. way darker pour than i was expecting. was expecting more of an oerbier color. this is very dark brown, dark brown thick head. fuck, this beer is definitely meant to be warmer than refrigerator temp. smoke dominates the aroma, but i can tell thereíd be a lot of fruit if it warmed a bit. going with apple rinds. just had my first sip and my god itís overpowering. extremely malty, just fruit all over. almost puckeringly sweet. incredibly carbonated. overpowering. definitely alcohol. it finishes beatifully, but itís so unbalanced early on i just canít rate as high as iíd like to. iím gonna have to buy this again, but this is not good.
njgood (19) - USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, plus a variety of others I couldnít quite put a finger on. Very complex taste that canít really be described in words. Does hide the 10% abv quite well. Not bad, but not as fantastic as I was led to believe.