ryecatcher (1290) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle shared with Heather on 9/27. Pours a rusty amber color, medium off-white head. Nose is candy sugar, orange peel, dried fruit, toffee, booze. Mouth is medium bodied, lots of caramel, fruit, some Belgian yeasty spice, creamy. Finishes with a noticeable ABV warmth. My girl and a beer together. Not to steal from the Old Milwaukee commercial... but actually, it doesn’t get any better than this. 😊
hawthorne00 (3364) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled a year ago. Lovely clear golden amber with an off white head that’s soon a coat (first glass) in a Westmalle chalice, but lasts OK in a La Chouffe tulip. Aroma of brioche dough, grapey booze, herbs, oranges. white pepper. Not that heavy for 12%. Low carbonation. Taste is less refined than the aroma, but similar: brioche dough, some dried fruit and citrus peel. Some bitterness and doesn’t turn towards dry as much as you’d expect, but then it’s not quite as sweet as expected either. Good.
kevinsenn (1893) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Spicy caramel aroma. Sweet caramel and spice taste. Long sticky sweet finish. Tasty Belgian.
stef92 (128) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very strong Ale but smooth in flavor. Caramel & toasted somewhat nutty taste. Dark amber in color. Hint of alcohol on finish. Extremely drinkable for a beer this strong.
biirusaikou (2332) - - AUG 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Pump. Rich caramel, quite sweet and syrupy, dried fruit, honey, vanilla, brioche, lingering sweet finish. Good stuff but a bit heavy and sweet for my liking.
BroadestTom (355) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma caramel, bread, cereal, alcohol, banana,
Appearance amber, clear, minimal head, white foam,
Taste heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate medium body, fizzy,
Overall a very sweet malty beer that hides the 12% very well. I would suggest this beer to a friend
Mark_Eck (1550) - - AUG 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark golden color. Aroma and taste are sweet with fruits and some spices.
KENe91 (1) - longview, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: dark amber in color off-white head. Not quite clear but maybe from chill haze. A lot of bubbles streaming from the bottom in duvel glass.
Smell: a lot of apple and pear initially. Followed by dark fruits and the Belgian yeast is obvious.
Taste: the taste follows the nose in regards to the Apple and the pear. A little bubble gum on the finish and even slight hints of oak and vanilla.
Overall: medium carbonation and chewy mouthfeel. Hop flavors are almost non-existent. Being my first Belgian style beer besides stone points unknown IPA, this beer was pleasing and was more appealing as it warmed to room temperature. I will definitely buy again, once you get past the sweetness it is a very balanced beer
Davros (2663) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows raisins, brown sugar, golden syrup and Belgian spicy notes.
Flavours include bready malt, brown sugar, golden syrup, sultanas and some very soft booze.
Brewhemia (154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hazy deep orange color. Almost no head. Subtle aroma of caramel and I think what ratebeer suggests as earthy or basement aromas might apply here. Some wood in there as well maybe and a light fruitiness resembling black grapes. And maybe vanilla? Anyway, lots of stuff going on in the aroma, but in a subtle way. I like it! The taste is not surprisingly dominated by the sweetness, but not left unbalanced, since a light sourness and bitterness follows. The taste follows up on the looks and the aroma: caramel and vanilla is present I think, but also a taste of prunes, which I really like. The bottle I opened could have used just a tiny bit more carbonation, since it was close to still, but all in all this beer is a great sophisticated pleasure.