Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2010
From can. Nice caramel and toffee aroma, sweet with brown sugar and some plum, figs. Not much hops, but a little bit spicy and sweet. Cocoa powder. Dark brown opaque, with thin off-white to light-brown foamy lacing head. Medium heavy watery body with medium-high carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming in addition to the fizzy tongue. Starts and stays sweet, though not cloying. Caramel, brown sugar, figs, some chocolate, and a touch of cafe creme. Alcohol sweetness with some fusel notes. Roasted malt. Light to medium bitter finish and balances nicely with the sugar. After is nutty and sweet with fig or date taste. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
Deep brown colour, Thin head, Strong fruity arome. smells like a 4X. Slight cheese smell. Slightly strong chesse flavour fruity nutty and complex. you can really taste the monks blood, bold and metallic. Almost a bit of a rice cack aroma. User37895 (3085) - - MAY 11, 2010
Can from SL. Pour was dark ruby brown in color, nice 1cm initial off-white colored head. The aroma was dark fruits, caramel, no bread or yeasty elements, lacking any spicing. The flavor was strong off-caramel, dark fruits of raisins, figs, whatever, astringent, harsh alcohol, bleh. I don’t get why this has a good rating. Was pretty poor overall, mouthfeel the best part, perhaps, creamy airy mouthfeel for the amount of flavor, etc.... No good. Probably had real blood in there. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2010
(can - 12 oz) Dark brown in color with a thick tan head. Aroma is fruity and malty with hints of spice, dough and figs. Flavor is sweet and fruity at the start. You can definitely taste the figs and possibly raisins as it continues on around the palate. Finishes dry and bitter with a light aftertaste of those fruits and malts. Alcohol warms on the way down, but doesn’t overpower. dlovell2 (2283) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2015 Re-rate 3/12/15. Aged this beer for one year. Pours dark brown with an amber tint and an off white head. Sweet dark dried fruit aroma with candied sugars. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with candied sugars and dark dried fruits. Slight booziness in finish. Most of the spices have dropped out of this one leaving a nice malty, fruity, candied sugar treat. When I had this batch last year there was a slight bannana flavor from the yeast that had dropped out too. The verdict is that this beer is fantastic aged.
Poured from can. Dark brown with reddish tint and tan head. Roasted aroma with vanilla and fruit notes. Sweet fruity flavors with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Very good beer.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Poured from a can into a St. Bernardus glass. Very dark for a Belgian ale, with a balanced taste that has a little more than a hint of raisins. Not a beer one would expect to find in a can! rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Pours a deep brownish color with a large off white to tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeasts, spices and caramel. Flavor is dark fruits, belgian yeasts, esthers, spices, caramel, bread, candi sugar, well balanced and easy to drink. This is great stuff, wish I could find more. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Can from Cavie. Red pour with a small tan head. Aroma is spearmint, sweet, vanilla, yeast, and old fruit. Taste is yeast, back of the mouth tartness, sweet, alcohol. Cavie (4805) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle courtesy of fata2683. I mean can. Not bottle. Sorry. Dark red ruby color. Smell is of deep rich fruit and malts. Taste is dry and slightly cloying. boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
Pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head. Has a nice smell Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a little nutty taste. Has a caramel, figs, little bit of nut also in the taste. Very little cinnamon taste but it’s there. It’s actually a pretty good beer considering it came from a can.