boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
corked bomber from trader joes, into glass, pitch thick brownish black pour with kacki head...aroma of sour fruit and alcohol, taste is spices, and fruit, some prune, very all over the place... crazy good...suprised
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a goblet out of a 750ml bottle.
Pours a very dark, deep ruby with a one finger light tan head. Not really much lacing but the head retention is downright incredible.
The aroma contains a huge metallic note which really detracts from the entire beer. I can tell there are some spices lingering underneath but they are completely drowned out by the metal. There is a little bit of dark fruit in there that does begin to come through after awhile.
Fortunately, the flavor leaves the metal behind but is a bit overspiced. Lots of orange and anise lending a licorice note along with cherries and figs. I think I can detect some cinnamon in there too. As the beer warms, more traditional Belgian yeast esters begin to take hold and the spice eases up somewhat. Mouthfeel is full and silky with just the slightest bit of warmth along with a mildly sweet finish.
Overall, a good beer but a bit unrefined. I think some age would help tone down the spice and balance everything out. The price is right so i might need to pick up another one of these to age.
andyhwcinc (1618) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Trader Joe’s (big surprise), enjoyed at home prior to going out on a snowy New Years Eve. I didn’t take tasting notes, but remember this being a lot like the previous vintage ales, maybe a little more carbonated this year. Still a great value beer...5th year I’ve rated this!
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very legit beer--Trader Joe’s probably gets the best BUL beers that anyone puts under their own labels. This is a dark brown with a soft complexion and a good blend of caramel, candi sugar, and general Belgian qualities. Somewhat generic, as others have noted, but very drinkable. Bottle.
mikesaum (618) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like a cola with a big tan head that fades fast. Aroma is lots of belgian spice notes, estery,bananas, maybe hints of nutmeg and clove. Taste is spicy,a bit herbal, and notes of cherry cola. Not too bad.
firstsip (590) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle (obviously). Dark pour, good light tan head lasting throughout drinking. Good nose of Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Thick mouthfeel. Subtle dark malt balances well with Belgian yeast and notes of plum, grape, and spices (nutmeg in particular).
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
C&C 750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s Charlottesville, opened 11/24/13. Pours a very dark brown color with large frothy, foamy medium brown head. Average head retention. Aroma of yeast, brown sugar, bread, dark fruits and a bit of cocoa. The taste is yeast, banana, bread, spice, dark fruits, mild nuttiness and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied, lingering spice, low carbonation.
drdisque (621) - Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Flavor is rich and fruity with lots of nice raisin and walnut notes. Complex flavor. Quite good.
deathserv (25) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a resilient, foamy tan head. Aroma reminds me strongly of wheat toast in the morning. Quite heavy on the carbonation, a tiny bit too much so for my taste, but it mellowed out after a bit in the glass. Got that funky Belgian tanginess going on that starts slightly sour and kind of rides out with some malty/caramel flavors. Not bad but doesn’t really align with my tastes well.
drowland (6671) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/25/13. Merry Christmas! 750mL bottle shared graciously by my brother Calvin. Dark amber pour with a nice khaki head. Malty aroma, some caramel, spice, and light fruit. Malty flavor as well, fruity, esters, light spice. Nice.