womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany pour with a khaki head. Nose is raisin, red grape, and sugar. Some licorice, a fair amount of alcohol, chocolate, and prunes. There’s a strong fruit sweetness to the flavor of prune, raisin, and port. Notes of chocolate, some licorice, brown sugar, and alcohol. Not a big fan of this.
kraddel (851) - deurne, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smell is bourbon-ish, oaky
low carbo. bitter, complex, sour touch, sweet, aftertaste is more of the same, very bitter. way better, extremely way better than the regular one
illidurit (1629) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown, like 100% cacao chocolate, completely opaque with a fluffy brown-tan head. Raisins, oak, ink, like a pantry full of rustic sundries. Flavor bursts with brown sugar and brownies and chocolate and port, like caramelized prunes and outright decadence.
saxo (11241) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, nuts, caramel, malt, hops and alcohol.
Rasmus40 (7004) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of saxo. Clear dark brown with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit, light yeasty and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 210413
zinneke (27) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
discovered this one at the brewery itself, delicious taste and aroma. caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, cheese, banana, licorice, ..
ThirstyBird (418) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Vincent! Pours a dark brown with a small light brown head...nice lacing. Smell is sweet balsamic vinegar, deep fruit. Taste starts with tangy fruit with vinegar coming on with a tart and sour end. Active carbonation with light body. Great nose, nice taste.
mike_77 (1960) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark brown colour. Aroma of sweet dried fruits. Texture is really rich, oily and a bit sticky. Flavour has sweet dates and other dried fruit. There’s also a little caramel. In the finish there’s some biiter roast malt giving some hints of cocoa/chocolate.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Plums and raisins move into alcohol heat and light chocolate in this fruity Quad-like beast of a sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy purplish-brown.
-Like most Belgian Strong Ales, the mouthfeel is lean yet the beer has a somewhat sugary finish.
-The flavor profile is quite similar to a Scotch Ale’s (but not the mouthfeel).
-The soft effervescence and controlled alcohol heat give this beast an air of elegance.
-Notes of rum and vanilla also appear.
Bottle, as Bink Grand Cru.
DwarfeD (165) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sarphati Oude Olie Grand Cru:
Didn’t know what to expect, but this one really blew my mind. Hints of coffee, chocolate and toast. A real full flavour.