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.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
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 (6020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2006
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
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 (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
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
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.