tmoreau (2445) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gift bomber from a number of years ago, brought out of the cellar to share, and poured to snifters, showing a hazed, orangey amber color, with a very modest layer of off white froth that reduced quickly to a ring & film, and lightly laced with some leggy coating on the glass. The nose was lightly spiced, sweet & fruity, with mostly tropical notes of mango & papaya. The taste was candy sweet, thick & syrupy, and quite full in body. The alcohol seemed to advance with age, showing good potency & warmth. A surprising, liqueur-like treat.
tectactoe (1941) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Didn’t think I’d see this one. Muddy orange-copper body with no head, nada; still & quiet. Very fruity aroma with dates, grapes, prunes, raisins, all coated with saccharine sweetness. Caramel, Belgian Candi sugar, banana esters, & a faint hint of floral perfume round out the back side. A touch of alcohol. Taste is similarly sweet... VERY sweet. Quite booze heavy, too, at 13% ABV. More Candi sugar & molasses coated dark fruits. A light brown sugar note collides with a sticky caramel & toffee background. Mid-palate to finish, the Belgian aspect of the beer makes itself known; yeast grows on the palate. Belgian spices & yeast, clove, earthiness... Finishes strong & boozy with a touch of tart apple skins & spice. Sticky, lingering mouth feel. Heavy. Very heavy. So glad I got to try this.. Not exactly in my strike zone but actually not bad, especially considering the age.
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of OHLRangers
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate raisin, caramel, apple, and a hint of chocolate. It pours a transparent dark Ber with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with moderate toffee, raisin, and some grape. The finish has caramel, brown sugar, faint apple, and a touch of oxidation. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
fletchfighters (1086) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange caramel color. Short lived white head. Good lacing and big ABV legs.
Nose is banana, clove, dried cherries, grand mariner, and candied sugar. ABV is very there but more muted with age.
Taste is big, very sticky. Cross between a barleywine and strong pale ale. Dried cherries and stone fruit, banana, clove and sugar. Very warming off the bat.
Big burn in the finish, otherwise quite smooth. Has held up well.
BOSSbrewer (1655) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great. This was my first FFF and I'm a fan. Had this at the Beer Geeks of Northwest Arkansas.
markwise (4482) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to thebeersommelier for sharing this one at RBWG. Pours a hazy orange-amber with an off-white head. Nose is sweet fruit, some oxidation, some yeast, candi sugar, tart cherries, and fruit. Flavor follows the nose with some sweet malt, candi sugar, tart cherries, fruit, and oxidation. Medium in body and very complex.
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a bottle at DLD 2013. 2007 vintage. Clear red orange color. Minimal head. Lots of particles in the body. Big sweet nose, dark fruit, belgian sugar. Really big body. Lightly viscous, but no sticky finish. Light carbonation. Some dark fruit, belgian candy sugar. You can tell this beer is huge, but it doesn’t burn. Just a little hot. Good sweet taste. Light bitter. Big fry finish. Some spice. Glad to try it.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
A small pop from the bottle cap. Almost no head whatsoever. An opaque medium brown in color. Flavor is not quite what I expected. Big malt sweetness and not much else. Not crazy about this one.
SudsMcDuff (5844) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
given to me by Matt ... a belgian sextuple? sounds dirty .. . . pours a deep gold amber .. mild head, great lacing .. . cheap sugar, mild yeast, and sweet earth .. . pretty good but starting to show its age .. . . king kong woulda eaten so many people before we would have blown his head up with a huge missile...
50belair (2271) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by main man Josh. Amber pour with an off white head. Huge caramel nose. Boozy with all kinds of caramel malts, molasses, and brown sugar. Sweet and strong with good body and carbonation.