legion242 (2323) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Lumpfest 2008- Murky russet colored with a soapy head. Dark fruit in the nose. Heavy deep dark fruit in the mouth and not balanced very well. Feels murky and unbalanced.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, cork marked 09/08. Pours a lovely deep ruby with cola highlights, minimal offwhite head and some jagged lacing. Nose is very vinous, with a sweet cherry oakiness slightly similar to a flemish sour. Very rich on the palate, smooth and silky, large toffee character with faint hints of chocolate, raspberries, sweet bready malts, nice lingering warm finish with just the barest hint of medicinal hops. Very nice, and much better than I remember a younger bottle being.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cellared 9 months. Acidic, sour, off aroma. Ruby-brown color. Caramel flavor with sweet, light fruit, some raisins. Very chewy beer.
Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Hamiltons. This is like getting your ass kicked by a nun in garter belts. It hurts, but you can’t help but love it.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2008 Aroma is spicy belgian and sweet caramel.
Taste is sugary sweet fruity and spicy, somewhat dull.
---re-rate- is very similar to my initial perspective. Much sweeter and yeastier than I remember, but in a very good way.
Taste is much more "classic" and full in the Belgian tradition as opposed to what I remember.
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty but not way sweet. Alcohol hidden well. Fruity & a tad spicy. Good Belgian.
yespr (34340) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cL bottle. Pours deep reddish/brown with a dense light brown head. Caramel malty and light fruity nose. Smooth and rather uncarbonated mouthfeel (compared to other Belgian beers). Mild caramel, subdued wineous notes, mellow yeasty flavour and a very controlled brettanomyces citric/acidity in the flavour. Finish holds a soft lingering fruity, caramel and light acidic note. Extremely wellbalance and delicious.
vyvvy (4573) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a deep red hue and a small beige head. The aroma has dark toffee, raisins, dates, prunes, alcohol and spices. Medium / full body with semi-sharp carbonation that is in-check and mainly shows in moderation at the finish. The flavor starts with rich brown sugar that isn’t overly sweet along with raisins, earthy yeast, anise and nicely toasted malt. The finish has some phenolic spice and pepper. Big thumbs up for this great BSA.
bhensonb (12136) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich aromas of dark malt and dark fruits. Near opaque brown color with a substantial beige/tan head. Full in body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is darkly malty (not toasted) and the fruits and spice are very tasty. A little heat interjects, but does not really bother the experience. Finish is mildly sweet, but some hop seems to be there for balance.
marcus (7299) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head. The flavor is very malty with a noticeable candy sugar taste and an alcohol finish.