winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a muggy dark brown with a full tan head that had good retention and lacing. Definate use of belgian yeasts and fruit flavors and aromas that come it. Not much roasted taste just mostly caramel malts and fruits. Fig, plum, chocolate, clove, and anise come to mind. Sweet but not overpowering in the finish. Good warming from the alcohol.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Pours a very light clear brown/deep amber- definitely not black like any stout I have had. Decent head and lace. Aroma is of light roasted malts, some chocolate, spices, and a good amount of sweet medium roast crystal malts. Flavor is more skewed toward sweet malts, spices and fruity notes, and less towards any dark roasted malts. Sweet caramel malts, molasses, toffee, and nutty. I thought this was more close to a dubbel than a stout due to the malt complexity, the yeasty character, and the lack of roasted coffee flavors and aromas.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for this…
Appears a hazy dark brown with a small beige head and solid collar.
Smell is of cocoa, raisins, and fresh bread…brewed with a Belgian yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is sweet, yeasty, and chocolatey.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer (thanks!). Bottle labeled best before ’08. Poured a dark, dark brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, and yeast. Almost reminded me of a Dubbel. Tastes of light chocolate, dark fruits, and yeast. Had a light tart cherry finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, BBD 08/23/08, from Julios Liquors in Westboro, MA (Feb 2006), served out of the cellar into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. A gigantic lasting billowy tan head caps the deep translucent brown body, leaving thick spiderweb lacing as it subsides, very slowly....Belgian yeast and red wine strong in the nose, though roasty stout-y grain is readily evident as well, coffee and bitter chocolate....flavor is more stout than Belgian ale, though a bit of that same red wine/tannic character shows up in the yeast; mostly though it’s deeply chocolaty, roasty with touches of maple and licorice, moderately sweet at the front tending towards strongly bitter and dry at the finish....fairly heavy carbonation, quite assertive and deep in the palate, full and rich, decadent and caky. Excellent.
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish brown color with a small, light tan head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, dried fruits, caramel malts, nuts, cognac, and chocolate. Taste of caramel malts, nuts, light chocolate, some yeast, dried fruits, and very faint alcohol in the finish.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells stouty. Thi is nice. Definitely sweeter than most stouts but it isn’t light either. My first Belgian stout I must give a thumbs up to. A little dryness in the head but decent throughout.
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to say that this brew was NOT what I expected from a Belgian....However, for a dark ale/stout it was excellent. I cannot give the full review because of where I was (at the beer distributor) at the time. I was dissapointed slightly because this is not your typical Belgian, but it is better than most of your IPA’s out there. I would LOVE to try this one on draught.
blankboy (6018) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of iguenard. Bottled 30/06/04. Pours a murky dark ruby-brown with a large creamy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, yeast, spices and dry hops -- very nice! Flavour of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol and mild hops -- not really any roastiness and it gets maltier as it warms and less Stout-like. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Not sure this is a Stout but either way, it’s quite good.
Kevin (2070) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown that is as close to black as it gets with a tan walnut head that clings and lasts. Roasted pecan, strawberry and chocolate greet my nose. Sweet fruity flavor with a light milk chocolate on the edge. Citrus bitterness that works well. Some cocoa in the finish. A nice sipper that goes well with my contemplations about a woman I am debating getting involved with. I don’t know if she’ll have the depth of this beer, but she certainly passes it in appearance. The nutty flavor to this is nice. This is billed as a mild stout on the bottle, and flavor wise I believe it, but by alcohol it is a misnomer at 8.5 % although it is not easily detected in the beer. It’s a good one to start the afternoon off with. I think I may stick with all European beers today. I think Holland is next, but I may skip to Germany.
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