Trev (1991) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown pour with a quick thin tan head.
aroma is dark fruit and ginger spice. molasses maltiness.
Body is lighter than expected, flavour is dark fruit and spice. brown bread and yeast. Not as sweet as aroma suggested.
drowland (6671) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/27/12. 750mL bottle. Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head. Lots of aroma components including dark caramel, coffee, roast, soy sauce, and sourness. More prominent sourness in the flavor with roast and coffee. Not bad.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, nearly black, cola hued, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Bright evergreen aroma, maybe spearmint?   Otherwise a soft dark bready aspect, minor dark pitted fruit, maybe some kafir leaf.   Has a definite dark bready/fruit aspect, but it also has this bright evergreen spiced like background.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a wintergreen like spice, along with some dark pitted fruit and dark breadiness.   Decent example, and very Unibroue like.
pdx77 (1468) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From corked and caged bottle. Dark yeast notes with a distinct banana and clove taste. Light-bodied for such a high alcohol content.
86Moose (62) - - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good Belgian. Strong on the yeast. Sweet tasting. Subtle hint of banana. Lots of foam on the pour. Deep brown going to black in appearance.. A good beer.
sharkbcr (126) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting seasonal. Long lasting foamy head. Yeasty aroma hides the spicy sweetness of this brew. Color is brown black. The finish has hints of cloves and cinnamon. Pretty good for its modest price.
Huhzubendah (2827) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer is near black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma offers spices, mint, dark druit, yeast. The flavor is sweet and spicy, a bit overly so. Dark fruits and licorice with notes of anise. Not in the upper half of the style. Medium bodied with lingering spices and a touch of warming alcohol. Very reasonably priced, but you get what you pay for.
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Starts out very carbonated, hope it mellows on that with time. Also, it has an interesting colored head, very light and chalky that is a nice contrast to the very dark color of the ale. Almost looks like a stout but the flavor profile is strongly Belgian. Yeasty, Christmas spicy, raisin, and rich bread. Palate is decent but carbonated. Not overly heavy but not thin, decent lacing as well. Merry Christmas to me!!!
thornecb (4739) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark mahogany into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Earthy caramel aromas. Sharp with caramel and treacle upfront turning to pit fruit in the dry, lasting earthy finish.
BeerSquare (117) - - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting beer. . . the nose is all cocoa, leather and cinammon, not hinting much at the sweetness of the beer.
Taste has all that Unibroue belgianity you would expect, but it’s way darker and thicker than most of their. . . somehow, strangely maintaining the very effervescent carbonation of some of their more champagne offerings (ephemere comes to mind. . . but only re: the bubble).
Good for a winter evening. . . I’d like it better if it had more richness and zing to balance the sweet spice, but it really is pretty good.
I think it would be in a good "introductory big belgian" for nonbelievers; big meaty belgianness, but nothing too out there and plenty of reassuring familiar spice flavors.