cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2006
A serious dissapointment. I had a 750 of this stuff and was really looking forward to it.
First aroma: Alcohol. Second aroma: Alcohol. First taste: Alcohol. Tasted like a nice imperial stout with a dash of Everclear in it. I didn’t feel the 10% ABV either, which was ironic.
Lots of floaties in the bottle. I tried really hard to keep them in the bottle, but they were not flocculating out like yeast, so I don’t know (or want to know) what they were.
It was a job to finish the bottle. Perhaps it would have been better in another 6-12 months.
Based on the 99% rating, I might try it again but this bottle was not worth the try. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Very sweet, some candy and vanilla but I am not getting much else. Not very complex and somewhat of a disapointment. tennisjoel (1476) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Caramel, toffee, raisin, vanilla notes are abound. Sweet sugary taste. Very good! Dark red amber in color. Didn’t notice the floaties in this one as with the Brune and Grand Cru, so that may please those who don’t care for them in their brews. Not quite to the level as the Brune, but I enjoyed this more than the Grand Cru. CMUBEERMAN (457) - - APR 25, 2006
This is pretty good stuff...thanks to slob for this bottle. Pours a cloudy chestnut with a big old tan head. This is probably one of the most lively beers I’ve encountered...I hate to think of how it would have gushed had it not been in my fridge for a day. Even after pouring two glasses out of a 750ml...the foam climbed its way out of the bottle. Aroma is malt, sweet syrup, spice, and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, and spice...not too different from their xmas beer...except much more heavy on the malt and light on the spice. Mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy...delicious. I need to get myself some more of this stuff. Beerdedone (3432) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours murky bronze with a light tan head. Aroma of spices, sweet malt, and citrus. Flavor is smooth, alcohol, sweetness and citrus. Fell in love easily with this one.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 23, 2006
On Tap at the Toronado, in San Francisco.
Strong alcohol flavor. A decent amount of caramel flavor, very sweet but not unbalanced. Very nice to drink slowly, tasting how the flavors change as it warms up. Awesome. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2006
Faint molasses aroma with a little bit of caramel. Beautiful color, hazy with some visible carbonation. Very sweet mouth explosion at first sip. Well balanced with some pepper. No shortage of flavor. Almost one dimensional with Belgian candi sugar dominating, but it works. Very carbonated mouthfeel initially. Excellent. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Started surging as soon as the cap came off. Nursed the head like a baby for a few minutes until it calmed. Last glob of head pours out like Dairy Queen. Deep violet orange. Woody molasses, caramel, little coffee, and chocolate. Perfect level of sweetness. Never cloying. Rich, smooth, toasty. I love Heath Bars! f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a small, lasting tan head. Spicy aroma. Taste is sweet, a bit sticky. Can pick out some caramel flavors, with some warm rum cake. Alcohol is well hidden in this smooth Belgian ale. Good, but not outstanding. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottle/best before end of 2006. Pours a deep amber-burgundy color with a tight, dense and long-lasting beige head. Fairly mild, but complex aromas of raisn, fig, honey, pumpernickel bread, ripe apple and caramel are noted. Amazingly silky smooth, creamy palate for a Belgian due to the chewy, full body and the subdued carbonation. Initial flavors are sweet and rich reminiscent of ripe dark fruits, dark rum, caramel and buckwheat honey followed quickly by the presence of some moderate spicy notes of rye seeds, licorice, coriander and black pepper. Tons of floaties in the chalice, especially at the end of the bottle; quite "sludge-like" appearance. Finishes with a pleasant alcohol warming which blends perfectly with the ale’s overall sweetness. Another superb offering from this great Belgian brewery.