nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hell yeah, another Trader Joe’s tick. 750ml bottle thanks to my buddy Kieran. These beers are actually usually pretty good. Somewhat hazy reddish-brown in color with a lasting two-finger light beige head. The aroma is nice and Belgian with candi sugar, toffee, spicy and fruity. The flavor is great, really complex, with toffee, berries, prunes, and figs, apple, coriander, and clove, along with very Belgian yeasty notes. Medium-bodied with high, lively carbonation. Really nice beer from ol’ TJ’s.
maniac (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear dark brown body with a small tan head. Sweet spice flavor with some fruity notes. Sweet malt flavor with belgian spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep garnet, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Bready nose, dark pitted fruit.   Fairly bready on the tongue.   Slight spiciness emerges on the nose and tongue as it warms.   Not as spicy as the 2009 though.   Lingering spices with a hint of breadiness and dark pitted fruit.   Tastes very much like a Unibroue product.   These releases always strike me as just as flavorful as most of the Unibroue line yet not as alcoholic.   This one was also fairly tasty, like the 2009.   Similar, just not as spicy as the 09. Maybe that’s what time does, albeit these are different beers.
Nellie (312) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, no pine, honey, slightly floral flavors with syrup. This might be my favorite year.
mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3620-20110304] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Lightly fruity aroma has a hint of something fresh and exotic, a little like freshly baked buttered bread. Clear, amber brown body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Wine-like licorice fruity malt flavour. Medium-full body has noticeable booze. Medium body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o garthicus and HogTownHarry, w/ them, blankboy, GregClow, jerc)
blankboy (5152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o IrishBoy. Pours a deep amber-brown with a small diminishing fizzy off-white head. Aroma is malty, bready and fruity along with Belgian yeast and spices. Sweet and bready flavour of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, brown sugar and spices. Alcohol’s pretty well hidden. Medium bodied. Amazing stuff, I loved it!
jercraigs (6477) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-03-04. Crisp brown body with a nice foamy beige head that fades. 3+ Aroma of spices and mild alcohol over a malty core. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet malty core with pleasant spicey overtones. Not unlike a sweeter maltier version of Maudite? Smooth medium bodied palate. Not earth shatteringly unique, but very enjoyable. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry/Garthicus
garthicus (2336) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Irishboy. Appearance: murky copper brown, little to no head. Aroma: vanilla, caramel, raisins, quite the ’Belgian’ yeast nose to it, prunes. Lovely. Flavour: Tangy malt, very fruity, quite yeasty, lots of carbonation, overripe apples with a caramel finish.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks Richmond crew! Follows ’07 Vintage. Darker brown-tan, still transparent, still a head gone in 2-3 seconds. Apple, sugary nose, light grain. Lots of Candi sugar sweetness, light pepper and cardboard in the finish, faint tea bitterness. Bit better than 07, but still a mess of flavors.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of maniac. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy cream colored head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body and warmth, medium-high carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.