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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. pours dark bronze/black with red hue and a small white head. Aroma of fruit, belgian yeast and spices, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet, very smooth, fruit, spices, light bready notes. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arbysauce (3) - Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2007 does not count
Came highly recommended from the local retailer, almost over-hyped. Very nice appearance with a rich brown color and lasting white head. Nice flavor but does not coat the mouth like a quad. Palate was a little fruity but could not put my finger on the dominant flavor. Very enjoyable overall and will enjoy again soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2007
hazy brown appearance with a solid white head. flavor is of sweet plums, very complex, very good belgian strong ale. top class

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours out a dark brown color with a thick brown head on it. Smell is full of plums, fruits, yeast, and sugars. Taste is sweet and smooth, and somewhat strong at first, but it lessens after the bottle is half done (shock there). Good level of carbonation, interesting, but pales in comparison to Chimay, Ommegang, and Rochefort 8. Good stuff from an easy to find brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Poured a nice murky brown color with some sedimenties that came out at the end of the pour. The head was nice, yet only respectable within the style, nothing outstanding. Lacing was good. The aroma was gentle, soft, nice meld of dark fruits, light yeast, some breadiness, and a candi sugar type sweetness. The flavor was ever so smooth, nice dark and light fruit activity (plums, cherries, yum), light cocoa, gentle spicing, all finishing with a touch of yeasty bready bitterness to finish pretty clean. Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and gentle and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2007
nice krafty route, very strong taste.. large mchunks of yeast floaters. nice dark amber color, small head but parr. I enjoyed it and you may as well, satan made me do it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Deep amber, nice small but pillowy head, and great lacing. Floaties at the very end. Aroma is nice and yeast oriented, with plenty of fresh bread presence. Flavor was far more complex than I imagined it would be. Loads more of crusty bread, but also a nice underpinning of apricot and plum preserves, with a drying floral finish. Alcohol notes as well. I think this is badly underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Pours a very dark ruby with a very light white head. heavy dark fruit and grapes in the nose. Some dark sweet malts, and almost a dark red wine smell. One of my favorite winter brews. The alcohol is very present in this beer is the first thing I notice. taste is quite similar to the nose, very sweet but dark fruits and grapes dominate the flavor characters. alcohol is present the whole way through. I’m not a huge fan of this brewery normally, but this is by far their best beer and I love this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Ain’t nothing wrong with a strong dark Belgian brew that smells a bit grapey. I get a vinous slightly yeasty aroma with a bit of day old fruit salad smell. I like day old fruit salad. The flavor also has some grapey wine like things going on. Alcohol is well hidden. This is good but it just isn’t very complex. Enjoyable but not memorable. and grapey as hell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
750ml bottle. Dark cola brown colored body with a tan head. Sweet nose of candied bananas and light spice, flavor is basically the same, oversweet candied bananas notes, some funky clove, and a light spiciness from the yeast, and some red wine or grape juice flavors as well. I wanted something similar to Abbaye des Rocs Grande Cru, but unfortunately this wasn’t it.

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