dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark color but a thinnish head. A bit of anise, this is pretty light in flavor, but quite candy sugary sweet.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a big tan head. Rich aroma of dark fruits. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, thick feel, lively.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a huge amount of off white head, yeasty spicy aroma. Sweet malty taste with a interesting mix of spices. solid beer for the price, a great pickup at trader joes every year
topherh (1905) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, and hints of booze. Flavor is sweet, caramel, yeasty dough, dried fruits, and Belgian spice.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma is of spice like anise, clove and coriander, some breadiness, yogurt like flavors from th Unibroue yeast, caramel and dark fruits. The flavor follows the nose with the caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, spices like clove, coriander and anise, some of the yogurt character and some dark breadiness. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a pretty tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale!
samsmith33 (296) - - FEB 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong but Sour but smell. Dark black appearance even held to light, with much carbonation...large head, bit shortlived. Sour cherry taste, with a touch of smokeyness. A beer to sip slowly.
frpilz (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Carmel, floral, citrus, woody aroma. Had a thin head an drak brown color. Flavor was rich, bready, dried fruit apsect, slight citrus at first gives way to woody creamy maltiness. Medium full moyhfeel, then strong ahchol finish/bite. Very complex and enjoyable, not to be chugged but savored.
BrewDad (4600) - Olympia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Amber color, hazy with a thin tan head. There is a light Belgian yeast aroma and flavor. Light coffee flavor, Hops are light there is a fruit flavor that lingers. This was dry and a very good finish. Enjoyable beer. Trader Joes beers are interesting every year.
Wittales (550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance was claer root beerish with a lasting 2 finger head with lacing. Aroma was dark fruit , raisins,figs and spices and hints of alcohol. Taste was clean sweet spices and fruit and touches of hops with beautiful malts coming through. Mouthfeel was full and chewy with mild carbonation and amazing long finish with alcohol hits you at the finish. Would age nicely...
Beaver (1199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle, best before 07-06-2016. Pours brown with a pillowy light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet bready chocolate malts with some banana notes from the yeast and some perfumey floral notes. Some spices come out some as it warms (corriander, ginger?).
The flavor is similar - sweet sugary bready chocolate / caramel malts with earthy yeast and some banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp spritzy carbonation.
Overall, an OK Belgian. Just didn’t mesh well with me.