sirowell (9) - SPAIN - OCT 21, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark amber color, clear with just the minimal head on top after a little bit. Some alcoholic aroma, kind of expected from a 10º belgian strong ale, remembering distilled spirits, maybe herbs and grass too. Light sweet and bitterness, mixed perfectly. Soft carbonation but at the first impression looks more than it really is, medium to full body with a clear bitter finish. Overall an excellent beer, really well balanced and enjoyable at any time.
DJoer (692) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown colour, medium foamy slightly mokka coloured head, yeasty slightly sweet bitter smell, bitter cacoa like taste flowery sweet fruity a bit sour but a pretty dry aftertaste with just a bit cacao and bitterness lasting.
laiti (5703) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 75 cl bottle @ home, BBE 24.02.2012
Aroma is sweetish with orange peel. some toffee typical to aged belgian ales and brown sugar. Flavour has raisins, some orange peel and brown sugar. Finishes with distant vinegar, cardboard and moldy cellar notes. Also some warming alcohol in the aftertaste. The BBE date is quite exact; I have a feeling that this wouldn’t have improved with any more aging.
75 cl bottle vintage 2007? @ Timo A
Still sweet and lots of raisins. Well, it seems that I was wrong with the aging – if you do it in the right conditions. Harsh score estimate: 3.7.
NickVerstijlen (1) - - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
medium sweetness, lightly bitter, caramel, coffee, black, clear, tan foam, long finish, lively, light body, slick feel,
Noctilucus (100) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark unclear burgundy, more brown high up in the glass, thick beige head.
The nose is mostly sweet and roasted (almost to the point of being smoky), red fruits and some alcohol.
The taste very much delivers on the nose’s promise, it’s a pleasant full and roasted taste with a solid dose of sugars but never cloying; the alcohol is well hidden yet there is a warming glow (after all this is 10%), raisins, dark chocolate. All of this is balanced by an almost scotch ale like touch, slightly bitter.
The aftertaste is rather smooth, subtly roasted, still quite sweet, no lingering alcohol, again a little vegetable bitterness reminding me of a scotch.
Overall a quite complex and evolving taste; Ecaussines’ strongest is by far its most convicing brew and much, much more interesting than the ultrablonde or ultra ambrée.
Borup (5876) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at DØE. Brown colour with a nice beige head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, yeast, dried fruit, malt and alcohol.
Rasmus40 (11277) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy reddish brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and dark sugar. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. Soft and full bodied. 080512
teddybeer (2230) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle at Alquitara. Brown colour with a large head due to the excess of carbonic. Head with big bubbles and perfect lasting. Metallic aroma with mild yeast traces. Sweet flavour from the beginning to the end, caramelish, burnt sugar and very slightly bittery in the final. Carbonation is medium. Body is medium to high.
AlexanderJanku (110) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled @ Restaurant Komfur. Colour was Dark brown, and very clear with a beige foam, medium density, and medium duration. The Aromas was a bit leathery, Belgian Yeasts, Malty ans sweet. The Taste Was very high in sugar, which resulted in tastenotes of muscovado sugar along with notes of the malts, toffee and a bit of coffee. Definitly a very complex yet balanced beer. A Real Treat!
imdownthepub (10326) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 330ml aged 7.2yrs. Dark brown with cream head. Fruity, wine like aroma leading to a smooth, slightly sweet, caramel body. Fruity, damson, prune with hints of port. Lasting and warming, the alcohol is hidden away quite well, full and pretty decent.