GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2006
When I poured this I knew I was in for a treat. Just the sight of it proposed a unique brew to be reckoned with. When they say brewed for a king, it’s right on the money. This is the epitome of Belgian decadence.
Pours dark honey w/ a full rise semi creamy froth. Aromas of candied gravel and fruited spice. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors are fuller than your usual Tripel with banana, stone fruit, spice, honey, vanilla, and heavy cream. This is truely awsome. Well balanced, no alcohol detection though it’s 10%, wow! Not too sweet, not to dry. This is the perfect brew when you’re trying to get away from the malted hop bombs but still want to overindulge. For as big as it is, it is a refined brew. I am at a new level of awareness from this point on. Grzesiek79 (4294) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 21, 2012
black, hazy, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, creamy, long finish, corkyrory66 (1986) - BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2014
Bière triple black impériale titrant à 10 % abv. Donc pas seulement bien sûr une belgian
strong ale, mais une triple destinée aux rois et empereurs … ainsi qu’aux amateurs inscrits
sur ratebeer !!!
Couleur brun foncé et roux en transparence.
Clarté nette. Bulles par milliers fines et vives.
Mousse beige clair qui nappe bien.
Arômes de bois de fût, miel noir, fruits mûrs, pointe légère de réglisse.
1ère bouche veloutée sur un merveilleux ensemble malt/houblon très riche.
Arrière-bouche d’une rondeur et ampleur fantastiques.
2ème bouche à l’harmonie sublime et la complexité grandiose.
3ème avec une pointe fine de banane et candi blanc.
Arrière-bouche alternant malt et fruits confits.
La longueur commence en développant toutes les nuances, puis travaille l’ampleur et la
La levure est fine, complexe, tout simplement grande.
L’alcool offre une magnifique progression sur la longueur, en portant ce breuvage sur
La finale donne des nuances de raisins secs, miel fin et une fine pointe de cannelle.
CONCLUSION : l’art merveilleux du brassage est ici représenté dans toute sa plénitude,
nous avons un breuvage effectivement digne des rois et des empereurs.
Nous buvons heureusement à leur table … Cheers !! huineman (690) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 9, 2016
33 cl bottle at Lágrimas Negras (Madrid), served in Bourgogne wine glass. Before I start, let me posit that although this beer is here stated as a Belgian strong ale and by the brewer as an imperial tripel, I can assure it is a monument of a quadrupel: dark brown, with loads of tertiary aromas; silky, sweetish, powerful (10%), without bitterness... That said, let’s taste it. Pours reddish brown, deep and hazy, with a heavy tan head. Intense aromas of chocolate, red berries, tobacco, river pebbles, coffee and honey. In the mouth it feels creamy, soft and sweet. It develops a powerful and fresh taste, peaking on a very long finish with no bitterness whatsoever. Fantastic. andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle... this is not a beer - it’s an experience. Pours a light brown color with a light brown head. Sweet aroma. Fruity flavor - something tropical (papaya?). One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Simply great!
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle, purchased at Stateline @ the De/Md border. 750ml bottle. Pour is deep brown with generous amounts of yeast and other sediments. Could be the best pour ever seen, which increases overall impression. Mouth is medium to full, in no way ’boozy’. Sophisticated and refined. Flavors are complex, inviting and warming, dark fruits, earthy, and yeast. A drink fit for the Gods of Gods (Rating = 4.85) bearhandfu (1) - - MAY 21, 2012 does not count
To brew good beer, you have to drink good beer. While I believe that I could possibly clone this beer at some point in the future, I spent last week’s Saturday brewing a pale and enjoying a bottle of this fine Belgian.
First, this is unfiltered to some extremity. Typically, the first step in creating a clone is in acquiring its yeast; that wouldn’t be a problem with this brew. Yeast was suspended throughout the beer, pendling a high viscosity and tremendous mouthfeel and body, even with little or no agitation. There is no way to avoid having a mouthful of bread-tan culture lodged in the teeth after consumption.
Appearance was deep, opaque amber, with natural yeast carbonation, mostly from the walls of the glass.
Big, mildly roasted malt character, with an emphasis of toasted nuts and raisins, without losing the candi sugar character that should dominate the style. While I have read reviews with leather, banana, sulfur-ish, and skunky flavors present, I wonder how many received a mistreated masterpiece. No off-flavors present to my palate.
Hops were almost entirely muted, barely riding the finish of the beer after a long and complex transition.
Aroma was intense and prevailed in bread and an effervescent citrus.
LOL Paired well with hamburgers. Everything does? We had no choice in the matter, as our host brewer has prepared ahead of time and had no prior knowledge of pairing.
I look forward to my next bottle and will ranch the yeast to prepare for exercises in futility. Anyone out there speak Flemish? beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
Plummy dark brown with big yeasties dropping to the bottom like fish food. Cap is dense, growing with a firm foamyness colored of yellowed taupe with a dusted cinnamon brown center. Intricate lacing coats in tiny dots and other bigger cobweb webbings.
Aroma comes across pretty thick with big fruits and light spices. Lush and booming, yet soft and delicate as bread. Spicy dates and figs coated in oily earthy seeds of black licorice, poppy, pepper, ginger, and corriander. Small inticingly little tid bits of orange and raisin oil along with some touches of tobacco bring more complexities as it sits.
Flavors are big too; thick, lush, full body, favorable breadyness about its weight. Dark fruits decorate most of the tastes with rich and oily dates, figs, and raisins. Some dark orange touches the finishing qualities. Nicely handled and mild toned spices decorate the areas where the fruits leave off. So very well placed and a perfect compliment to the fruits. Cracked pepper, black licorice, ginger root, smokey vanilla, and tobacco are all put lightly in there place as not to distract from the fruit cake thickness.
Big full body, lush, rich, tender, fruity and spicy, oily in some respects closer to the leftover finishing characteristics. Very actively full from start to finish. Boisterously so. A truly enjoyable sipper. Take your time with this one, its worth it. Extravagantly fantastic stuff! dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Dark, brown, chocolaty, sweet. It makes me think of doppelsticke, actually. I knew the bartender was wrong we he tried to tell me this was a tripel by Bernadhus, so I’m glad I found the owner, found out the truth and ordered it. Fantastic, truly fantastic. 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.