Bill Becker (430) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It looks like a clear copper coloured brew with a small but persistent head of foam, usual good lacing from a Belgian beer.
The smell, well, itís very similar to an aged UK Old or Barley Wine. Lots of caramel malt more than hinting notes of Port. Aged Thomas Hardy or JR Leeís, anyone?
The taste just verifies what I said about the smell, to the letter.
Very nice mouthfeel with lightish carbonation to with the medium body
It drinks like a champion of an Old Ale/Barleywine. I have to get more.
Alengrin (2586) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer formerly made for the Burgundian Babble Belt, with a creamy, yellowish white head, thick but not too stable, and a bronze colour, cloudy with deposit. Rich aroma of nutty malts, whisky, pear, caramel, ginger, liquorice, cheese, tobacco, white pepper, tomato, mango and, if youíre familiar with their perfumes, the effectively used valerian and lemon balm also shine through. Sweet fruity taste, caramelly and nutty malt base, spicy (cloves and ginger), hint of lemon balm again but very subtle, warm alcoholic finish with floral, mild hoppiness; alcohol very well masked. This was a great spiced barley wine, too bad it isnít made anymore.
HIGHB4LL (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz. bottle from Supermarket Liquors. Appearance: two fingers white head, dissipates quickly, burnt copper-orange, cloudy, ok lacing. Aroma: raisin, floral, oak, leather, earthy, caramel, some spice. Palate: light, alcohol texture, lively carbonation, malty finish. Taste: heavy dark malty sweetness to lighter more sugary sweet. Overall, very complex aroma, taste is solid, pretty much a quad to me.
DrSilverworm (7211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle, discounted from Party Source, I think. At first this poured a hazy brown red color, with a big khaki head, but that quickly fizzed away to nothing. No lace sticks. Carbonation was pretty soft and strong at first, but after I let i sit for a bit it quickly backed off and is now a very drinkable, lighter kind of smooth carbonation. These belgians, half of them are almost undrinkable during the first 10 minutes, but after they sit they get awesome. Itís actually surprisingly drinkable after an hour of sitting around (I got distracted while rating this), and hides alcohol astoundingly well. Kind of a fuller, almost creamy body, lightly slick, with a lightly drying finish. Beguilingly smooth. Nice vanilla, dark fruit aromas, lighter spice. Moderate sweet taste, and alcohol is very well-hidden. Pretty tasty, impressive beglian strong ale. If itís aged, it has really aged well.
Stephen_S (20) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
You ever wanted to drink sausage? Here is your chance. This beer would go great along side some eggs and biscuits for breakfast. Hickory sausage meat. Sediment at the bottom to feast on. Enjoy
BOSSbrewer (2068) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a creamy rich head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Lots of alcohol with some alcohol burn. Finishes dry with flavors of dark fruit. Overall a nice beer.
MarcoDL (2444) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unique beer, a strong dark ale, brewed with dates. Itís sweet, yeasty, malty and fruity in a special way. Very good.
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky, barely translucent, burnt orange ale. No head. Lots of toffee in the nose with additional notes of pear, dried plum and cinnamon. The flavor is sweet and malty up front, but the alcohol and hops do a good job of balancing things out to keep the brew from being cloyingly sweet. Dried plum and chocolate. Medium-bodied and watery with almost no carbonation. The high ABV is well-hidden. Lengthy, malty finish that dries out at the end. A bit Overrated, this one. Itís just too sweet!
mjs (4869) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Cafe Thembi, Maastricht, 20130603) The beer poured reddish brown and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, chcolate and caramell. Palate was medium bodied and warming with a lot of carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, chocolate, caramell, dried plum and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and malty. Alcohol was a bit too much present but the otherwise the beer was pretty good and balanced.
drjay44 (2768) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml. bottle. Pours an enormous, poorly retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a slightly cloudy, dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is sweet malts with plum, raisin, brown sugar.....taste is sweet, with light plum, raisin, heavy brown sugar, finishing with a moderate spice and hop bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation, after the initial burst, adds light acid tingle. This is a very sweet, rather simple Belgian Strong Ale. It does not have the depth of complexity in aroma and flavor found in the best, but much of its lightness can be explained by the remarkably high ABV. This needs more from the malt back bone and less from the ethanol. BJCP 8/2/13/4/7