dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
06 bottle. Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with clear edges, thin tan head that sticks around for entire drink, decent lacing. Left a decent bit of sediment on glass until almost the end of glass, which I then poured in. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor matches with the addition of a nice spice profile, yeast, and dried fruits. Alcohol a little more up front than I was expecting, but it doesn’t dominate the drink. Extra sediment toward end gave a bit of a spicier flavor, which I think would have been even better to have for the entire glass. Truly a nice complex brew that I would enjoy to have more often.
gregwilsonstl (1239) - Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black. Really good. Much more malty then a normal belgian. Caramel. Some banana. Yeasty. I’m surprised i like this. Tasted at Carter’s bottle share.
Saeglopur (676) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle, vintage 2009.
Dark brown body, with a medium, dense, creamy, dark beige head.
Full aroma of dried fruits, nuts, almond, sherry, wine, spices.
Taste isn’t as big as expected, even quite one-dimensional, mostly sweet, with dried fruits, nuts, almond, red wine, spices.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes astringent, a bit alcoholic, quite dry, a bit bitter, but not very aromatic, with some nutty and some wine like notes.
Quite disappointing to be honest. Too one-dimensional for my taste. Maybe it wasn’t stored well (bought this about a year ago, 5 years after bottling), or it even doesn’t age as good as the vintage labelling suggests? I don’t know. Will definitely rerate when I get a fresh one.
tomekboniek (161) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 17, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beczka. Barwa ciemno-bordowa. Brak piany. Aromat czekolady, śliwek, rodzynek. W smaku delikatna czekolada, orzechy, suszone owoce, mam wrażenie jak bym pił pół wytrawne czerwone wino. Niskie wysycenie. Kolejny piwo z browaru Struise, godne polecenia. Niesamowite piwo.
huineman (30) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So dark it’s black. The brown head disappears as fast as lightning.
Very intense aromas: caramel, chocolate, dates, coffee, cardamom, even HP sauce.
Powerful, soft and creamy. The main flavours are sweet, sour and umami. Low carb, long finish. One of the greatest.
dambor (121) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with small head. Aroma: heavy sirup-like aroma of dried fruit, including plums, peaches, grapes, raisins, with a very pleasant rum/bourbon aroma. Taste: very complex, with plums and raisins in the foreground, followed by raisins and a pleasant alcoholic warming effect in the palate. This is a very big and complex beer. Fantastic example of Belgian beer craftsmanship.
klm1 (321) - - APR 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Vintage 2010. Dark reddish brown colour. smell of dark fruits, oak, herbs etc. Taste of plums, oak, berries, caramel, herbs, florals, hint of tobacco. overall very complex and delisious beer.
CraftBeerNick (1120) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, 5th April 15, 2014 vintage. Poured dark almost black. The aroma is sweet, molasses dark dried fruit, dates, raisins. Taste is rich and sweet, complex fruits. Nice but quite sweet for my palate.
Moravius (722) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flasche (Jahrgang 2013, 33 cl) von Hopfen & Malz, Berlin-Wedding. - Tiefes Rotbraun, trüb. - In der Nase schwere, sirupartige Malzsüße, Pflaumenmus, Anklänge von Anis und spritige Schwere. - Antrunk breit dunkelmalzig und plump süß mit Pflaumenmus und ein wenig holziger Herbe. Erstaunlich plump und wenig subtil. Der Alkohol schmeckt deutlich heraus. Im Abgang etwas holzige Herbe. - Enttäuschend wenig komplex für ein derart berühmtes Bier.
partchapol (57) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 For 2013 version, Smell with malt, spice, caramel, come with dark brown with thin creamy crown, Taste a bit mild than its color and it?s alcohol %. Mid body, sweet, anise, toasty malt, coffee, caramel, very good, but not at perfect 100
Desverger (2847) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, Copenhagen - dark brown pour with creamy beige head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, earthy yeasty, dark dried fruits, spices, smooth mouthfeel, lovely.