f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Toronado. Reddish purple with a white head. Honey mustard aroma. Molasses and treacle sweetness. Raspberries and carnivale candy apples. Aroma of honey and molasses networks perfectly with the candy like bing cherries of the flavor. Thick , outstanding, and unrelenting.
thornecb (5852) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep orange/ruby into a trappist glass. Even, medium sized cream colored head. Caramel, earth, fig and apple notes. Creamy and full with a sour apple lingering finish.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Bottle. Huge chunky floaties in the bottom which for the most part I decanted. Beautiful thick brown with 5 mm pefrect, spongecake beige head. Coriander licorice sweet n spicy sauce arome is powerful. It has a very nice touch, a delicate balance. An excellent woody licorice pinish. That’s preceded by a bittersweet licorice bark coriander seed with medium body. Not overpoweringly hot, though detectably strong. Unlike many belgian strongs they clearly didn’t just dump in maximum amounts of ’special’ ingredients, the combination here is artful. It’s full of dark fruits and humidor wood, fruity like a sangria, reminiscent of one of my favorites, the trois pistoles. This is certainly a beer I must become better friends with.
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy copper pour, off-white head. Suspended bits of yeast throughout. Light aroma of sweet caramel and spices — a hint of clove. The flavor is full of spice and sweet caramel and a note of earthiness. There is a slight tartness. Medium body is smooth on the palate, syrupy in the aftertaste with a long finish.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber pour with lots of yeast - tried to decant but the yeast seem determined to get out of the bottle and into my glass. Oh well. Subdued aroma notes sweet fruits and figgy sweetness, but also quite a bit of yeast funkiness. Earthy and almost meaty at times. Full bodied, with lots of dark, overripe fruits. The carbonation is a bit flat, which kind of muddles the complexity. Pretty solid.
vyvvy (6342) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Not a triple in the traditional sense at all, and suprisingly that is a good thing. Pour is a very dark amber with white head that diminishes fairly quickly with a layer remaining for lacing. Aroma is of clean earthiness, bread and toffee - there is also dark fruits in the background. Lots of sediment is in the bottle as well. Taste is very smooth, roasted malt flavor with lots of spice, carbonation, earthy Belgium yeast qualities, pepper, slight bit of chocolate, I could go on, but in a word ’complex’ - a lot is going on here, but very drinkable. Finish has a little bit of tartness, but even more a dark buttery and dark fruit qualities. The more beers I have from this brewery the more I realize how exceptional they are. Everything I’ve had from them is excellent with this being at or near the top. Highly recommended beer.
Rerate notes Rerate for numbers only.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of dried apples, pears, and prunes, overlying a caramel and cookie base, with just a hint of orange. Appears a hazy orange-brown, with a thick creamy tan head that minimizes quickly but lasts. Flavor is sweet citrus and spiced fruitcake over a bready malty backbone. Palate is thick and creamy. Overall, this beer has the experience of drinking a liquid fruitcake or bread pudding, and so it has the flavor of a perfect Christmas brew; and, it is equal to the sum of its parts.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the most amazing beers I have had in quite some time. An Amzing yeasty flavor that is quite similar to some of the other beers from this Brewery. Similar to the Grand Cru, but does not quite have the finish. Has a similar yeastiness and has a simliar malt complex. Fruity, with some chocolate and caramel, slightly toffeeish with some woody notes. Definetely a changeling of a beer. Quite unique and tasty!