alobar (3970) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2017 asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Deep burgundy brown, very little head. Aroma of dried fruit, dates and figs. Slight rich yeasty notes. Flavor has notes from aroma and a bitterness that balances the sweetness. Good carbonation but mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, although not as much as other comparably giant beers. A well done huge beer!
2012 bottle. Dark brown pour with aroma of fig, raisin, and plum. Dark fruit flavors dominate with some bread and spice. Excellent beer. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 2, 2017
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a dark brown color with no head. The aroma is very fruity with raisin, fig and plum. The flavor is thick and bready with light spicy yeast notes, intense raisin, plum and fig. Some fruit cake. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the body is very heavy. Good for the style. beer_queue (147) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Decadence 2012 version, 750ml bottle. Sampled: 8/19/16
Appearance: Dark translucent brown, thin beige head, and surprisingly no sediment.
Aroma: Dark fruits & spice (reminiscent of Cognac), unmistakably Belgian yeast, slightly earthy & herby.
Taste: Arrives with a blend of herbs, spice, & licorice. The middle reminds you that it’s a Belgian ale by bringing out a lot of earthy yeast with some cinnamon. Finishes with some dark chocolates, salted caramel, raisins, & dates; the dark fruits lasts a long time to create a lingering sherry wine note. Overall, it’s very close to what Olde Ale was.
Palate: Medium body, smooth, and slick; no carb; and quite hot with booze (I mean, it’s 12%).
Overal: Simply put, it’s a delicious quad that rivals any famous, legendary Belgian quad. The flavors, balance, & complexity are all there! The only thing missing is the yeast sediment of bottle-conditioning; that would’ve made it a proper beer to cellar away.
kaser (6430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2016
See thru almost black color. Draft pour at Jerrys. Fig, raisin, Carmel, grape, and vanilla. Good shit. Very complex skortila (6014) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
Bottle @ Welcome back old spice tasting. Small sample. The aroma has raisins, some porto tones, bit dust, bit chalk. Clear, dark red-brown coloured beer with a big off-white head, gusher. The taste is sweet, has caramel and raisins, is somewhat dusty. Bit alcoholic. Medium bodied.
jmgreenuk (10378) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle at the December 2015 tasting, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is rich sweet malt, alcohol. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich woody resin, liqourice alcohol, red berry fruit palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. kermis (14999) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle shared at the return of Old Spice tasting. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, overripe dark fruit, toffee, malt and brown sugar. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with alcohol warmth and soft carbonation. deanso (10282) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 4, 2015
75cl bottle shared at welcome back Old Spice tasting.
No head. Clear burgundy pour. A bit sweet. Very good. Maakun (6814) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2015 Bottle at THT thanks to kermis. Slight gusher. Deep reddish brown, almost ruby with super short lasting head. Marzipan, sweet port wine, milk chocolate, figs, old red fruits, brown sugar. Very sweet with light alcoholic bitterness. Full bodied with slick feel and low carbonation. Bit alcoholic but quite nice. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly spicy, vinous dark fruit aroma with a subtle pepper presence along with grape, raisin, fig and plum. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but it’s kept in check. Smells a bit overly spicy with sweet malt and dark fruit.
Medium bodied with a slight medicinal presence that’s stronger than the nose suggests. Somewhat chalky with a touch of spicy pepper but the flavor is dominated by Belgian candy sugar, sweet malt and vinous dark fruit notes, notably plum, raisin and fig. Goes down way to easy for 12%. Very subtle warmth and little to no heat/booze.