VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml - Aged version of the *real* 17th Anniversary beer... lovingly stored in my cellar since then - Pours a dark, hazy brown in color with a thick light tan head that settled to a 1/2" covering over the beer and left a very heavy coat of lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor are medium sweet with dark fruit and brown sugar. No hops apparent. ABV is extremely well hidden... not apparent really. Finish is lingering, fruity and sweet. Awesome... !!
jh773 (171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 2011. Quiet, short hiss upon opening the bottle. Very dark, muddy orange in the glass with a thin, slightly tan head. Smell is hardly noticeable, a little dark. Tastes like a very good fruitcake -- dark caramelized fruit, a little boozy, some orange peel and other spices, hint of molasses and wood. The hop profile is very muted but adds a pleasing crispness. Slightly fizzy. Even though it kind of looks gross and doesn’t have much of an aroma, this is a great beer. Honestly I think this is better than many of the Trappist ales.
ChiTownDeadhead (11) - Northbrook, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2011. Great palate and good taste. We could have drank more but only had one bottle.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
jb (2300) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the dark versions of the vague Belgian Strong Ale category, I like the dark ones, tend towards dubbel and doppel. Spicy wonderous nose, cloves, dark fruit explosion, especially plums, brown sugar. Appearance is awesome. Clear, dark, reddish, thick foamy head, plenty of retention. Taste is sticky, sweet, sour, ends dry. Outstanding. Need to cellar me one of these.
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of Belgian. Lots of dark fruit, raisins and plums. At least it’s low on the banana.
alexsdad06 (5899) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Party Source rating from notes. Pours a clear dark amber color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma and flavor have big dark fruits, raisins, figs, caramel, wood, yeast, candi sugar, some alcohol that accentuated the other flavors. Another solid offering from these guys.
cmacklin (307) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma of fruit, caramel malt, yeast and alcohol. Sweet flavour with prunes, plums, caramel, roasted malt, yeast, light alcohol and a spicy dry finish. Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation.
Dayz2112 (9) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy medium brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of spices, sugars, and dark fruit. The taste is about perfect, in my opinion. Quite sweet with flavours of raisen and plums, cloves, and a hint of molasses. A long finish to this very smooth beer. 10% but does not feel heavy or thick, just drink with caution! This is easily one of the most enjoyable beers I have had but, I tend to favour the Belgian Strong Ale styles.
Gachupines (954) - USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark fruit, bread and and a bit of yeast. Flavor is dark fruit, very rich. A little tart with a sweet finish.
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dégustée (bouteille) le 8 juin 2012 au Mondial de la Bière 2012 à Montréal (D12C4K?). Bière brune foncée. Col beige-crème, moyen, crémeux et persistant. Odeur d’épices bien présente. Douce, assez sucrée, un peu amère. Très épicée (peut-être un peu trop). Très bonne mais un peu chère.