Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle. Pours a rich, deep brown with a moderate head in a snifter. Aroma is accents of caramel, nuts, Belgian Yeasts, figs, raisins, some floral notes. The taste are bold malts, caramel, Belgian Yeasts, clover, slight anise, figs, raisins, and leather. Great carb, sprite mouth. Not boozy at all. Very tasty and balanced.
deepeary (271) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle dated 2014. Pours a hazy caramel brown with formidable head. Nose is amazing layers of fruit, melon, citrus, banana, papaya, Not sure if it’s the hops or the malt. Similarly complex fruit in abundance on the flavour. At the same time very Belgian tasting, malty and bready. Starts really fizzy, gets really creamy as it warms and carbonation is released. Fantastic.
Lagerboy (1505) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle, No. 2013 - 182167. Quite the gusher! Hueless chunky opaque murky brown, fine creamy tan foam settles and lasts. Aroma is malty, caramel, yeasty, spicy. Taste is rich and spicy yeasty, caramel malts, dark fruitiness, vinous, almost port-ish, oaky vanilla. Livlier carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
CacheManyHose (354) - HONG KONG - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank at Alex and Heidi's house in Toronto. Warm red-brown with creamy off-white head. Very malty and boozy, like a strong Belgian dark ale. Some nut and spice. Body is fizzy but very smooth.
HKdIPA (405) - HONG KONG - JAN 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Alex's in Toronto. Very hazy creamy brown pour with thick head. Aroma is cinnamon, spice, citrus peel, Belgian-y. Taste is similar. Quite rich but mostly Belgian flavors. Good but not my type.
tmoreau (2823) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Grande Reserve 17-750 ml. bottle shared to snifters, displaying a murky, brown tone, with a presentable layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was malty, with caramel & toffee, light spice, and a touch of dark fruit. Mimicking the aroma notes, the taste included moderate hop bitterness, a touch of esters & oak tartness, with average carbonation, in a medium body. Alcohol lent some warmth, but was well incorporated into the presentation. With some malt sweetness & dryness to the finish, the texture tended to be less thick & syrupy as many Dark Strong Ales. Well balanced, flavorful, and rather spot-on Trappist version.
dslam (88) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy and murky brown with good amount of white head. Sweet Aromas of raisins and something I can’t put my finger on.
Has a good balance of sweet and bitter. It’s hard to tell that it is a 10% beer. It has a lot of carbonation which keeps the taste alive. Covers the mouth with a nice taste.
RCx240 (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy amber, creamy tan head. Aroma is faint raisins, dates, a touch of yeasty clove. Taste is sweet, hints of raisins, finishes with a clove spiciness. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic.
ljthiessen (646) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky, muddy brown pour with a creamy tan head, good retention. Lots of dark fruit notes, raisin and grape, bread and yeast, vanilla and a touch of lemon zest. A touch more carbonated than necessary, and a little lighter and thinner on the palate than expected, but quite complex and tasty.
Beardbeerman (237) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml cork bottle (2013-174712) poured into a snifter around 10 degrees. Pours a semi-cloudy mohagany with vivid carbonation topped by a huge creamy hazel head. The beer shows both incredible retention and lacing properties. The nose is complex with oak, leather, plums, melon, dattes, almonds, and also warm with a strong alcohol backbone. As for taste, the brew explodes with candied fruits, caramel, almonds and liquor and breaks down into a lingering dry liquorish finish. Not too heavy, the beer is far more balanced between the woodsy and fruity elements than the 2011 edition. A great product you can put in your cellar up to 8 years. Cheers!