ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a extremely hazy dark brown color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with big bubbles. This causes the head to fade away in a semi-rapid fashion - however it still retains one finger of height extremely well.
S: This seems to feature more caramel and toffee than the typical BSDA. Other notes of candied sugar, white grapes, and apple round out the dark malt qualities. I could use a bit more chocolate on the nose, but I canít complain about what Iím getting here.
T: Immediately I notice rich fruit esters, such as cherry, grape, and apple. There donít seem to be any significant dark fruit qualities aside from a touch of raisin in the middle of the flavor profile. Some of the malt flavors pop up near the back end; like I suggested on the nose, itís more caramel and toffee than chocolate (however I do pick up a bit of the latter from time to time). The balance of flavors is solid, and the alcohol is hidden spectacularly given its dry lightness.
M: It feels quite angular on the palate - I expected a bit more initial creaminess to balance the dry finish a bit. Thatís to say nothing of the strong carbonation, either. It seems to be designed to be very drinkable, and in that regard, itís extremely successful.
O: Okay, itís not my favorite offering from Unibroue - but thatís a bit like saying this is the least attractive woman in a group of Miss America finalists. Itís still a solid BSDA focused on drinkability over depth. In addendum, this was likely an older bottle; I wonder if this would be sweeter/less dry fresh.
tightslice (328) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Evernote. Overall notes of candied malts, raisins, sorghum, molasses. A bit too cloying and sweet for me.
rdixon77 (1430) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Murky brown. Fruity, spicy, banana, clove, sweet brown sugar, creamy and full body, solid all the way,
zizzybalubba (1587) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Newport News, VA. Murky brownish-orange pour with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and light fruit. Great, well-balanced, taste of plums, brown sugar, ginger, and cloves. Moderate alcohol warming. A great Belgian-style ale.
PeteP (11) - North Lancaster, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served in a tulip glass cool, not cold, from a 750ml bottle. Definitely a spicy/fruity, sweet aroma. I cannot discern any banana, as other reviewers have noted, Thereís an unusual hoppy note that I recognize from other Belgians. A repeat purchase!
katrinaez (402) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canít remember if in bottle or tap. Warm and spiced but not over the top. Not super thick like a quad.
gegwilson (1843) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from drinks of the World, Geneva. Quite a murky brown colour with a good cream head. Sweet toffee aroma. Fruity flavour with aniseed, port, spice. Tasty stuff.
Pumpkin87 (98) - - MAR 15, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours slightly cloudy amber with small-medium off-white head that reduces to attractive skim but doesnít leave lacing.
Especially closer to room temperature, the nose ranges through apple, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, dough. On the palate, thereís also orange oil, and the peppery alcohol cuts the sweetness. Creamy medium body with alcohol heat slightly drying the finish.
I donít know how these Quťbťcois do it, but this is another argument that Canada is the New World home of Belgian _ that is, great _ beers.
Pours clear pale to medium amber with one finger of pillowy off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, no lacing. (4/5) Nose is banana and cloves, doughy yeast, stone fruit, caramel malt. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry lingering spicy finish with a moderate alcohol warming. (4/5) Not a lot to say about this - a true classic, and one of the best Belgians outside of Belgium. Smooth and drinkable despite the higher ABV, which manifests as a pleasant warming. (16/20)
lukedarock (242) - Howell, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks absolutely awesome, creamy banana like flavor with cloves coming through like a spring flower not something I will crave but a good hit once and awhile
Andyman262 (4) - LaMesa, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great malty taste,nice dark amber,med to strong sweetness,med body, semi creamy
SlimHabib (279) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. Dark copper amber color with a large tan head. Aroma is strong spices, with cloves, ripe fruits, sweet malts, and light alcohol. Full creamy body. Medium to heavy sweet beer. Very tasty.
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