edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/31/08: Bottle. Garnet bodied with not much head or lace. Bread dough nose. Flavor is predominantly yeastie with some honey and spice. Finish is also doughy.
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy ruby color with no head except the pour. Toasted bread and dark red fruit aromas. Flavor is a little tart but not wild or sour. Fruit and bread leave the palate slightly sweet. Nice finish.
mstrcrwly (231) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass..aroma of dark fruits,cherries,alcohol..taste of dark fruits, cherry, plum, malty..dry finish with decent bitterness..alcohol definitely present in a good way..really good.
Darkmagus82 (444) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BA transfer -
Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass
Appearance - A beautiful shimmering clear ruby color. A thin white head quickly fades to give a little bit of lacing which doesn’t last long.
Smell - Huge amount of cherries, with a bit of chocolate, honey and other dried fruits. Can pick up the booze smell after you pull your nose from the glass. Quite nice.
Taste - The sweet taste of cherries and dried fruits overwhelms initially. The alcohol taste hits in the middle and lingers with the maltiness coming in more at the tail end.
Mouthfeel - Full and lush with a nice level of carbonation for this highly potent beer.
Overall - A very nice beer. A new holiday favorite of mine!!
tricyclist (657) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Split bottle. Beautiful pour medium amber golden, light head. Nose is smooth malt, caramel notes and deeper fruit, cherry and some berry notes. Flavor has mild alcohol presence but not too bad for 11%. Caramel and deeper sugars paired with deeper fruits, mild spicing, but not enough to make you think it’s Belgian (which I thought it was before research). Really drinkable and enjoyable, even at 11%. Nicely done.
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/18/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, light banana, honey, caramel, toast, candi sugar, bread, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, light clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, light banana, honey, caramel, toast, light chocolate, candi sugar, bread, light nuttiness, light clove, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, light banana, honey, caramel, toast, candi sugar, light chocolate, light clove, herbal, bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong ale. All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Homer321 (1596) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from who knows where. Pours a horribly murky reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma is mostly dried cherries with some vinous character and oxidation. Taste is a messy malt sweetness with a significant alcohol character that reminds me of model glue. Gets worse as you drink it. The mouthfeel is just sweet and flat and boost juice. ugh.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What you would expect, the aroma is dominated by cherries and the taste is cherry with a little honey. Pretty solid especially considering the abv.
njager246 (342) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of Cherry and dark fruits, taste has bananas and cherries, a little much on the banana side for my liking, but still pretty good.
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange pour. Aroma of prunes, apricot, caramel and cherry. Flavor is cherry, prune, alcohol and malt. It’s sweet, folks. Bright mouthfeel with slightly tart finish.
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Pours orange to red with a small head, aroma of honey, toffee, caramel, vanilla, flavor of cherries, honey, spices and lively carbonation, medium bodied