ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Zzt?11. Orange brown color with a small white head. Smells alcohol, herbs, sweet, fruity. Tastes alcohol, sweet, caramel, fruity.
DutchDrebus (5503) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZZT11. Clear amber to copper colour with no real head. Smells sweet, barleywine, slightly almond, some alcohol, nice. Tastes sweet, barley wine, alcohol, dried apricot, herbs. Quite sweet and quite alcoholic, but not bad at all. Full body, soft to medium carbo.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Raisins, alcohol and old newspapers surge from this barrel-aged monster, leading to lengthy candied sweetness and palate fatigue.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy ochre-tinged red.
-Earthy tones are felt as well.
-The nose is nearly all oxidation (and not the good kind).
-Drinkability is really low, as you can imagine.
Pailhead (6358) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap: The aroma consists of apples, caramel, Belgian yeast, and a touch of spice. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a one finger beige head that leaves a good amount of thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel apple and light Belgian yeast. The finish has more apple, spice, and alcohol. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it’s a pretty solid Tripel, but just a tad sweet.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One year old bottle pours an auburn ish brown with off white fizz. Sweet aroma of Belgian fruits and toasted bread. The flavor follows with a sweet fruits, mostly cherry and very malty start, earthy Belgian lingering sweet fruits. Simple but strong malts make it dense with a light malty spice, a very nice Christmas time beer. I don’t see it holding up another 5 years tho.
dmac (5298) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t think this was the brewer’s intention because it is far more tart to almost sour in flavor. Aroma is fruity and slightly sour, cherry, alcohol, cough medicine. Body is tart, dry and acidic on the finish with a medium mouthfeel and very soft carbonation. Flavor is better with lots of sourness, fruity, cherry, granny Smith apples, slight hint of spice and acidity. This tastes nothing like the description but still enjoyable.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hazy light brown with a small head. a nice nutty caramel aroma with berries. full, highly carbonated mouthfeel. robust caramel layered with lightly tart dark berries in flavor. juicy at times. prunes. lots of caramel and toast.
mabel (8425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[6152-20140129] Bottle. Eggy nail polish malt aroma. Clear, light amber brown with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head with some lacing. Bitter grains and sweet biscuit flavour. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/4-/7+/3/15) 3.6
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/27/2014. From bottle. Murky light brown with a tan head. Dried fruit and spice aromas. Tart and tight, fruit and citrus.
superspak (4406) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/19/2013. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, red grape, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, red grape, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.