kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enormous, dense head that sticks around a long time, leaving decent rings of lacing. Deep aroma of cocoa, red and purple fruits (cherries, cranberries, grapes, plums, raisins), yeast, breads, and a hint of ... Dr. Pepper? How neat. Flavor - this is the smoothest 10% ABV beer I have ever drunk. Holy moly - it is too easy to drink this! Best-hidden alcohol ever. Be careful, because it’s really tasty, too. VERY well-balanced on the acid front, which is typically my foremost complaint among some otherwise great Belgian Strongs. 5 on the palate for sure. I’d like a little more aftertaste, but what is there is really scrumptious - all the aforementioned fruits, especially the red ones, lots of creamy maltiness, and a finish of bread and fruit. Nom! My special orders for December have gone so well. I’m such a happy beer geek! UPDATE: I am now tasting some spices in addition to all that other stuff. This just gets more and more interesting.
altonbrownd (3972) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in Amsterdam. Nice black pour with tan head. Lots of fruits in the nose. Taste also of dark berries, plums, coffee, chocolate. Well balanced. Really nice creamy finish.
AshtonMcCobb (4078) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Appellation Wines.
Appearance - opaque black with a nice fawn head.
Nose - molasses, burnt bread. Treacle.
Taste - sticky molasses bread. Light nuts and chocolate too.
Palate - medium to full bodied with a rich creamy texture and a fairly elegant finish.
Overall - this is a lovely beer but I really can’t understand how it can be rated as one of the best in Belgium. It doesn’t have extra layers of complexity that I’d expect.
shoulderbroken (2842) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle, thought it might have been left too long, but it’s great. Amazing.
Dark fruity, chocolate and caramel, very rich and fruity, raisins, lots of yeastiness, marzipan, nutty. Great stuff.
janubio (542) - SPAIN - AUG 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Label reads 2006, though as far as I know they don’t change the recipe. Minimu of white head that does not hold. Dark colour with some red hints when you pour it. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, plums, caramel, coffee. Creamy palate. Taste is similar to armoa, raisins, plums, dates, caramel, coffee. I notice a lot of things and some complexity, but there’s some coke feel, and the poor head, that tells me my bottle is not in good conditions. I’ll have to taste another one and review it.
GoufCustom (1113) - HONG KONG - AUG 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml “2015” bottle bought at Craftissimo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Looks: Brownish black colour with a thin layer of dark yeast sediments; One-quarter finger head and beige foam which fades in 40 seconds. Good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant rich dark malt, with potent alcohol, faint Cognac, raisins, caramel, toffee, coffee, cream, soy sauce, brown sugar, strong Bel yeast, biscuits and faint grass.
Taste: Strong sweet full malt, with strong alcohol, rich cream, burnt toast, cherries, plum, raisins, caramel, sweet toffee, strong spices, strong Bel yeast, lime cordial, moderate bitter hops and light grass.
Body: Full body. Thick and very creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: The first thing that hits you is the strong sweet booze reminiscent of Chimay Blue, only stronger and nicer! Very rich dark malt base, very creamy and smooth. It has strong Stout elements here with lingering burnt toast, coffee, cream, soy sauce (as the beer warms) yet the ester fruitness and spicyness of cherry and dark fruits shine just as brightly. This is just a very recent brew and I have already hit the jackpot!
Hoppiness: Faint grass in nose. Lime cordial and grass in taste. Bitterness is mostly from malt’s burnt toast but complements well with moderate hop astringency for an abrupt, vary sweet-malty finish.
After Taste: Slightly dry. Very creamy, very fruity and sweet boozy to mouth.
Comments: My bottle might had been leaky so there’s not much head nor carbo to speak of, but the aroma and taste are intense on all front - malty, creamy, toasty, fruity, stouty, spicy, and tasty sweet strong booze. A fine blize of senses and, I have found my dream version of sweet-tasting Stout, Belgian style! Need I say more?
Flanfl (281) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - AUG 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown nearly black body. Medium brownish head. Crazy complex aroma. Dried plum, chocolate, spices, licorice, light vanilla and coffee notes. Flavours as complex. Sweet candy sugar, dried plums, spices, vanilla, licorice, chocolate... Probably more... Long warm .sweet dried fruits finish. Oily body, medium carbo. Splendid beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Hallstein (305) - Skogn, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33 bottle from a friend - Aroma is incredibly complex. Salty liquorice, vanilla, cola, lemon, mandarins, caramel apples with slight spicy aromas. Mouthfeel is nice and well carbonated, and the beer is full bodied. Flavors has roasted malt, crusty toast, spices, christmas pudding, sweet raisins and spices. Really, really nice. Was expecting a thinner body since it’s a belgian ale, but this beer surprised me! Good stuff!
metalspice (331) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nesten helt svart, litt lys slipper gjennom i kantene. caffe latte farget skum. Duft av brent sukker, lakris, espresso og noe mørke bær. Litt "boozy" på slutten av duften. Smaken følger duften godt hvor spesielt det brente sukkeret trer frem mot slutten og inn i ettersmaken. Tykk, men lettdrikkelig munnfølelse hvor kullsyren kiler godt i munnhulen.
IngetSlick (73) - - JUL 31, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Saveur Bière (2014). Small, beige head. Dark brown body. Smells of spices, nuts, vanilla, sugar, yeast. Tastes apricot, nuts, spices, roasted, sugar, coffee, vanilla. Sweet but mostly bitter. My favorite Belgian beer which I belive is at its best after 4-5 years.
PauloAG (243) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330bottle and on tap. Pours almost black with tanned creamy head. Highly complex brew. Lots of dark fruits, berries, dried figs, carob, raisins. A bit of coffee, chocolate, caramel, molases and dark candi syrup. Sweet but nicely balanced. Alcool well hidden, specially on tap and the beer from older bottles properly aged. Probably the closest I have to a favourite beer.