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The new masterpiece from the Val-Dieu brewery. A very complex and full-bodied beer with a long aftertaste. The brewmaster advices to cellar the beer for a year for it to unfold its full potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
on tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Raisny, plumy, dried fruits. Dark, nice aroma. just seemed to be a bit weak flavor wise. watered down abt 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2007
An opaque ebony-amber. A sip, a flush of memories over my mind, as I remember what it was like in my beer aficionado days of two years ago. All those memories of travelling cities, tasting the malts... this beer did for me what fine food and drink is supposed to do -- complement new experiences, and remind you gregariously of the old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2007
On tap at Brouwers - Seattle, WA USA A fantastic beer. Malty with spices, it’s Belgium yeasty aroma. There is a lot going on as far as flavor - raisins, plums. A very elegant beer indeed and not at all heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Name: Winter
Date: 01/15/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub

dark red, frothy tan head, lightly spiced sweet fruity aroma, nice rich ripe fruit flavor, lots of plum and dates,
-------- /> Name: Winter
Date: 01/20/2006
Mode: bottle

just as rich as the draft version, still lacking the depth that would make it truly excellent

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4
-------- /> Date: 07/09/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub

Appearance: hazy dark red, thick creamy beige head, lots of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light earthyness,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity sweetness, touch of malt candy, essence of dark fruits including plum and fig, nice peppery spicyness, light bitterness adds balance without detracting from the ripe fruits,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: ***+/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2007
On tap at River St. Alehouse, Pittston, PA. Very pleasant with its sweet cherry/raisin/date flavors with lots of malts and well hidden alcohol. Maybe a bit too sweet but it has a nice dark color, chewy texture and perfect carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle 75 cl. Wow this was a bit surprise, and reminded me more of a Trappist Quardruppel then anything else. Large almost creamy like beige head that mostly lasted. Very thick as you pure it in the glass. Good display of lacework. Muddy like body with a very dark mahogany like color. Aroma was explosive with notes of overripe fruit (prune, date, fig, and raisin), caramel and grain, light roasted malty notes, almost vinous over the palate. Full bodied with an average carbonation and light sticky and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with light notes of bitterness. Extremely nice and lingering finish. Reminds me of the Kasteel Donkel without the heavy underlying alcohol. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2007
Got a bottle at the brewery at Val Dieu. Yeasty, with traces of caramel and coffee. Nice spicy aftertaste. Definitely does not show the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19951) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2007
Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. Dark ruby, firm rich head. Fruity cherry aroma with grainy malt underneath. Sweet with dense bready caramelly malt. Really full bodied. Concentrated flavours of cherries, malt and candi sugar. Vinous notes of alcohol. No bitterness. A massive ale, think Kasteel Donker, but less sweet and a bit grainier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 20, 2007
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a large creamy white head. Dark fruit and yeast aroma. Bright palate. Fig and chocolate taste with a sweet alcohol and vanilla taste to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11254) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle, 75cl @ YNWA. Pours a golden dark mahogany with a small, creamy and slightly grey-beige head. There is a stunning level of lacing in this beer! Powerful aroma of dried fruits (raisins and plums) along with a dose of dark chocolate. Lightly oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with a weak background of chocolate. Then a lot of burnt sugar appears, and it mixes well with the lingering alcohol at the end. There is a touch of tartness at the end.

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