howlinwlf (26) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. Great and big ale. A good dose of slightly smoky malts. A bit of sweetness. A good mouthful from beginning to end. BTW, holds up very well, and a good compliment to spicy food/Sriracha.
charule (1520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from friend. Poured dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of spice and star anise. Med carb and bod. Spicy roast taste.
Leighton (13535) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared late night RBWG. Pours clear brown with a tan cream head. Tasty stuff, lightly herbal, a bit of toffee, rich bread, some Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, toasted malts, modest toffee. Tasty.
DrSilverworm (8155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Hazy dark brown amber red color. Thin khaki head. Good dark fruity, red tropical aroma. Some creme. Caramel malt. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy. Solid stuff.
burleybrew (56) - - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from tj’s. Another solid vintage ale. Great malt presence w/a very nice dry finish. Spice, esters, & phenols marry well & the 9% abv isn’t apparent at all. Unibrou via tj’s.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Deep and rosy with ample head. This has a rich, sugary aroma. This drinks with an evident alcohol burn, the flavor profile almost hints at pumpkin pie -- nutmeg and cinnamon a definite component. Rich and thick. Good, but not at all what I expected. (#5426, 2/5/2014)
Stampion (182) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red, almost black with a ridiculous tall head that takes its time. Tastes sweet, with a yeast, raisin and cherry notes. Mildly spiced with a touch of nutmeg and black pepper. Really good. I'll be getting the 2014 version next year.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml->Trappist. Deep brown with moderate tan head. A: candied plums and raisins, Belgian yeast and spices. T: lightly spiced dark fruit, sweet and mildly tangy. Good carbonation. Great taste.
beersighted (126) - - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely Belgian strong ale. Heavy of Belgian yeast flavor, with bold spiced plum and brandy undertones. This beer had great body, but lost lacing relatively fast. For the money, this is by far the best beer around. I believe this to be a Trois Pistoles clone.
ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: Bottle shared by Dan, thanks bud!, 1/4/14
Aroma: The aroma has some caramel/toffee, lots of Belgian yeast, and dark fruit
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish color with a beige head and some decent lace
Flavor: It has a nice, complex malt flavor, with dark fruit and toffee, spice, and yeast
Palate: The body is medium, it has a somewhat sticky feel, and a short-to-average duration
I haven’t actually tried one of these vintages since the ’09, but I remember it being a pretty tasty beer, and I am rarely disappointed by Unibroue. This one was quite tasty.