martin00sr (877) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, labeled "Winter 2013". Murky brown, small beige head. Aroma has brown sugar, dried fruit, raisins, yeast and alcohol. Flavour is similar - well rounded, well balanced. Quite smooth despite (?) the ABV.
deanso (5727) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from Speciaalbier, Leiden.
Thick creamy off white head. Clear dark amber pour. Well hidden alcohol, nice.
superspak (2827) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/21/2013. Pours slightly cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, toast, candi sugar, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Maakun (813) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with full light brown colored head. Sweet malts, light liquorice, chocolate, some roasted touch. Deep ripe plums, anver ripe berries, and some spices. Taste is quite sweet, but not overwhelming, balanced with a nice fruity tartness and slight alcoholic bitter in the finish. Full bodied with nice carbonation. Very good.
kerenmk (2564) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’ place. Thanks Ariel T. As Vicaris Winter 2012. Dark brown, floaties, tan foam. Sweet raisins,some ash and syrup aroma, a little burn coffee taste that becomes sweet combined with winter fruit. Full body, a little too carbonated, sweet coffee finish.
WingdSoldier (61) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Full bodied and earthy dark beer with a very subtle red hue, though has a bit of an overwhelming alcoholic scent.
maximet (91) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to tulip glass.
App.: Dark, opaque, brown with a nice half inch tanned head.
Aroma: Dark candied fruit, caramel malt with spice. Hint of coffee bitterness.
Taste: Spice are more present, being supported by the sweetness. Some bitterness in the after taste
Palate: Full bodied, nice carbonation.
A sweet dessert on a cold winter night, around the fireplace.
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From YNWA bottleshop, Kolding, Dk.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Flavor with spices, yeast and added sugar.
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with my wife. Medium-to-dark brown, chestnut brown I guess, with a lively tan head that retains as a dense pad. Aroma is sweet brown bread, brown sugar, and dark stewed fruits. Bready yeast and sugary dark malts combine with rather intense figs and raisins, ending with light phenols and warmth. Delicious.
boto (1890) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Monks: This is the 2013 release. This one pours a dark brown color with about a half finger of tan head. It leaves some lacing. Nice nose! Spicy and peppery, malts, dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. The taste is very good. Some coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, bready, spices, toffee and a hint of woodsiness. Nice!