icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Yeast, dark fruit
Taste: Slightly sweet, dark fruit
Palate: Medium/Heavy body with good carbonation. Spices present and linger through finish
Overall: Pretty complex beer with a lot going on. Fruity yeast and spices make this very unique, perfect seasonal/once a year beer.
wedgie9 (1946) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 5/12/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with an average, fizzy tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin collar of lace. The nose is cola, vanilla, molasses, cardamom and other baking spices, caramel, and some spicy Belgian yeast (Unibroue signature). The flavor is a bit stronger with the cardamom and baking spices, with the cola, vanilla, and caramel coming through nicely on the back of the palate with just a hint of a roasted note. The body is a little fuller than medium with lively, almost fizzy carbonation, and a long bitter baking spices and cola finish. This is holding up nicely for the age.
jcnielsen (2108) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with off white head. Belgian, slight roasty, malty aromas. Belgian, yeasty, malty flavors. I’m not a big fan.
djd07 (3588) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with paperthin beige head. The aroma is bready malt and licorice. Medium mouth with sugary malt and light grain finish. A good Belgian strong ale.
SudsMcDuff (5826) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
thank god, judy is sleeping .. . pours a mild brown bruise .. . medium head, lacing is like a pillow exploded .. . yeast, prune, spruce, and barnyard .. . light mouth .. . like the ’12, needs time .. . . yeah! he ruined nap time and quiet time!
jbruner (2318) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a deep hazy brown with thin tan head and light lacing. Aroma of belgian yeasty esters that lead to a deep dark fruit nose. Taste follows, a nice deep flavor that is well balanced. This is perhaps of the best of the Trader Joe’s vintage ales.
Sledutah (4690) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by SpringsLicker at the RBWG grand tasting
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a small beige head
Aroma: Raisins and plums
Taste: Roasted malts and dark pit fruit
Decent, some hot alcohols
burg326 (3704) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG, poured a hazy murky brown coloe with aromas of brown sugar and syrup. Flavors are the same, malt and candi sugar. Ok beer overall thanks dor the share whoever brought it.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades very slowly.
S - Dark caramel malts, raisin, plums, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, a touch of sourness, and a touch of booze.
T - Dark caramel malts with raisin, plum, dates, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, and other spices, a bit of residual sugars, a touch of sourness, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Nice BSDA. Good Belgian character and spices.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of foamy finely sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a uncarbonated semi-hazy brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of brown malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.