stevoj (2628) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a big beer, its rather discreet, not hinting initially at its elevated ABV or heaps of fruit esters. Dark, sweet, dried fruit come through in the aroma. Dark, cola brown with active foamy head, which quickly dissipates. Taste brings more fruitiness, some wood, some molasses, all which finishes quickly with only a hint of warmth.
deepeary (256) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
27 month old bottle from TBS. Pours a deep and murky reddish brown. Nose if full of fruity esters, plum, citrus, pineapple, grapes, apples. Taste follows the nose, lots of complex mingling fruits. Sweet and wine like. Lingering fruity finish. Slightly warming. Fantastic stuff.
Jimthechap (1918) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love port. I love heavy abv beers for the same reason - for ruminative sipping late of an evening and this fits the brief. This beer was mahogany in colour with plenty of hazy but also a mousse-like head that left patchy lace down the side of the glass. A nose of dates and overripe plums, some carob (I hate carob) and brown bread in a body that was silky and sweet with just a subtle bitterness that only really comes forward as it sits on the palate for a while. Speaking of which, this finish is enduring and becomes more chocolately as it sits.
homiebrew (2) - - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Only way this rates higher then westmalle is lower expectation, given its not a true belgian. (In my opinion) overly carbonated from bottle pour and no, bottles were not poured at room temp, have about a second before getting it into glass. Only time I’ve had issues like that were in cases where Brett was being used as well. Suspect more sucrose then belgian candij syrup as to the dry finish and lack of head, along with more cocao then dark fruit.bit of spice and bread flavor but lacks in mouthfeel.too light, too dry.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Pours dark brown. Fruity notes. Belgian ale flavors with very subtle sweet fruit aftertaste. Great!
UXO (628) - CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber-brown with two fingers of light tan head, excellent retention, spotty lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark vinous fruit, brown sugar, some Belgian yeast. (9/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Full body, moderate carbonation, off dry and mildly boozy finish. (4/5)
Nicely integrated and mellowed but a couple years’ cellaring. (Should pick up a couple more of these and put them down for longer, to see how they’ll change.) A very well-behaved and nicely-balanced strong dark. Nice beer for a cold winter’s afternoon, having just cleared the snow from the driveway! (16/20)
Handypaul (295) - - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a big but quickly dissipating creamy beige head that leaves little lace. Aroma of alcohol, leather, yeast and sweet red wine. Flavors of clove, coriander, dark red grapes, yeast. Light body, lightly bitter, bitter to sour finish, average carbo.
Beardbeerman (222) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml cork bottle poured into a duvel glass around 12 degrees. Poured a deep mohagany, almost black robe, showing a faint ruby hue and good carbonation. You get about a finger and a half of lacy tanned head that fades pretty fast to an uneven porous layer. The nose is complex with bananas, raisins, plums, cherries, nuts, dark bread and alcohol. The taste is representative of what you get in the nose, paired with a good density and wonderful finish. You can put this beer in your cellar up to 8 years to let it evolve into an even more fruity and nutty ale. Cheers!
gdubu493 (45) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smells like commercially made bread in the US (think Wonderbread). Is this a Belgian thing?
Appearance: Deep, dark amber, almost black colored beer. More carbonation than expected. Lacy, two finger head that disappeared quickly.
Taste: Raspberry, honey, brown sugar, raisins, cherries, fruit, and yeast. A bit of alcohol, Metalic front end and finish.
Palate: Metalic front end that dissipates immediately into a surprisingly clean, airy, light, crisp, and carbonated feel in your mouth.
Overall: I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a glass I like to drink beer in. I am not a Belgian beer fan but grabbed this and Chimay Blue from one of my local craft beer spots. This beer reminded me very much of the Chimay, but it’s weaker cousin. RateBeer member dnicolaescu summed it best, "What it is lacking is more spice and heat from the alcohol."...but a solid beer nonetheless. It’s my second favorite Belgian dark ale...but again, it’s still a Belgian beer. #respectbeerbrethren
Flyguytruckguy (50) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled date? I’m not going to look it up on their site. Aroma, light, cookie with a hint of raspberry? Long tasting day. Happy New Year! Beautiful appearance. Frothy light brown (Huge) head that lasts forever. Fair lacing, slightly hazy with a brown, almost purple colour.. Sweet initial flavour and fsirly long gingerbread like finish.light palate with an almost creamy texture. Fizzy and hides the 9 percent alcohol fairly well. Wow petow, c’est bon en ta! This will be one of my go to beers from now on.