thepatrickman (1358) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2016
Can at home. I’d call this "Belgian-ish." It’s definitely got the Belgian abbey yeast smell going on, and there was a good amount of sweet, fruity malt flavors as well, but it’s also definitely less complex than real trappist stuff. I can’t quite put my finger on it; it just felt thinner, sweeter, and more one dimensional. Still, I’d definitely drink it again. ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base style: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale)lefossoyeur (613) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2016
AROMA: Dark fruit is prominent plus a general spice scent. Malty, but not indications of faux sweetness. No hops or alcohol presence. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Burgundy hue; dark but mostly transparent. Small, tan, foamy head. 2/3
FLAVOR: Malty sweet throughout with some spice on the finish. Spices and additives are subtle. The base brew carries most of the weight. On-point for specs, but not to a commendable degree. Palette is enjoyable, but mild. 14/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body; well carbonated but not spastic or sharp. Alcohol comes through in the flavor, but not as heat. Finishes entirely too clean. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Doesn’t seem very authentic, though the taste is good. Works better as a 30A than a 26D. 6/10
TOTAL SCORE: 34/50
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.
Pours dark ruby Brown with a beige head that leaves a small ring. Cinnamon, mexican chocolate and a bit of dark cherries for the bouquet. Surprisingly light bodied, low to medium carbonation, a bit of figs, kirsch and a slightly sticky finish. Interesting take on a belgian dark. S_Side_Smitty (775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Pours deep red with a medium light tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast with overtones of lemony sourness. Taste is initially Belgian yeast (which overwhelms me as I’m not a Belgophile) and bready thickness, but it quickly gets smooth chocolatey overtones and maybe some red ale-like qualities. Definitely a hybrid beer, tastewise anyway. Overall, I just had a meal. wwatkins (1) - WASHINGTON CROSSING, UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS - MAY 20, 2016 does not count
SMOOTH BUT FLAVORFUL TASTE. ONE OF THE BEST BELGIUMS IVE HAD IN A WHILE. CAN TASTE THE VANILLA , FIGS AND HAS THAT OAK BARREL AROMA.
nealblind (1867) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2016
2012 edition. Red brown. Aroma tobacco. Tastes toasted marshmallow, some tobacco bitter. Cherry. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Nice malty beer. Malty flavours, grain, and caramel. Long lasting flavour, I miss some balance from the hops. jsnicholas (628) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2016
Can (12oz). Can’t describe it, but the armoa was a putoff. Taste was very maltly with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Burnt sweetness. Not a favorite. BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2016
335ml can at my daughters house in Orange County, California on 1st May 2016. Red hue to the body, creamy topping. Cinnamon aroma and initial taste, malty flavour with a fig trace within the fairly sweet brew. Decent, but just a little too sweet in my opinion. furthur (1193) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 27, 2016
UPDATED: APR 28, 2016 Can, deep red amber, cream colored head. Aroma is malt, vanilla, dried fruit. Taste is malt, spice, dried fruit, vanilla, booze, citrus rind. Palate is fairly rich. This is slightly sweet, and then bitter. I don’t like the balance on this at all.
Ok, my taste buds were broken when I rated this. The day after its much better. Spice, toast, raisins and figs.