jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a big caramel head with orange highlights. The nose is of christmas pudding, rum, raisins, spices, cherries. The taste is balanced sweetness with a lovely malty base. Some mulled wine flavors, more christmas spices, some pepper and dark fruits. Nice caramel flavors on the finish. The body’s full, the beer’s sticky, oily. A bit boozy. The carbonation nice and subtle. Overall, a really accomplished beer.
italianjohn (2778) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brownish maroon pour thin off white head light lacing ..... aroma is light and of dark fruits (plums), little caramel malts and somewhat sugary ..... taste is of dark fruits (plums), lightly roasted, caramel malts, sugary with a spicy kick to it .... smooth and creamy mouthfeel ... finishes smooth and pretty abrupt ... the abv is hidden well .... solid and tasty just a little too sweet
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - dark brown with pilllowy khaki head.
S - Oak, figs, candi sugar, yeast.
T - Nice and sweet with a nice Belgian spice that Struise is excellent at.
M - Creamy carbonation with a nice finish.
O - A solid quad that I only wish was more available and/or cheaper.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at RateBeer awards dinner. Flavors hint at strawberry and raspberry with sweet malt. There was some woodiness in there. Aroma was really faint of the same. This beer was excellent.
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hiomo (74) - Castellalto, ITALY - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birra marrone scura con schiuma biancastra. L’aroma è di caramello, frutti scuri tra cui in particolare prugne e fichi. Il sapore è dolce con la giusta quantità di amaro per dargli un equilibrio perfetto. Il volume in bocca è fresco e cremoso. Il finale è caratterizzato da un finale terroso e legnoso.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep cola brown. Coarse, cream-colored head with highlights of warm cinnamon. Aroma is moderate spice, some grainy, healthy bread. Flavor is lightly boozy, very spicy, somewhat dry grain contribution. Good, but not my favorite (I prefer Belgians with more apple and baker’s yeast qualities). Medium-to-medium-light bodied. A good experience. On tap @ Les Caves, Corvallis, OR, USA.
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Vintage 2011. The color id deep brown to black with small coffee like head. Nose : Roasted malts, wood rasin, coffee and some cheese notes. Sip : Medium density, quite oily with almost no carbonation. Nose aromas comes to life. It has also some raisins and cherry like ester aromas. Sweetness is quickly covered by complex biteness of roasted malts mixed delicatly with hops. It’s creamy and fluffy after couple of sips and really easy to drink. The alcohol is somehow hidden. Texture and roasted malts taste reminds me the one from other products like Black albert and pannepot.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with Holy (thanks). Brown pour, just traveled so cloudier than it should be. Aroma is brown sugary with a touch of bourbon. Smooth and dry initial flavor turns into a distinctive bourbon, that lingers nicely on the tongue. I like it.
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep and dark brown, almost black with a decent sized off white head. Nose is heavy and pungent. Scent of super ripe,dark fruits. Prunes, plums, figs with some bready yeast aromas. Taste is sweet, with just the right amount of bitter to give it perfect balance. Mouthfeel is creamy and fresh. Aftertaste lingers forever. These guys knocked it out of the park with this one.
alexsdad06 (8230) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Holy Grale during Zwanze Day 2011. Pours a murky chocolate brown with a small beige head. The aroma had ample sweet caramel, Belgian candi sugar, dark fruits and yeast. The flavor has more sweet caramel/toffee character, dark fruits, candi sugar and a slight hint of chocolate. Barrel influences were more mild. Maybe this could benefit from a little more body, but pretty good overall.