muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle (thanks Ryan!) Pours surprisingly dark, with a bubbly tan/brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, (also some ripe lighter fruit), yeast, spiciness (especially clove) and sweet malts. Flavor has a subdued roatiness to it, with smooth sweet malts, and a complex yeast/fruit arrangement that takes it far beyond usual dubbel territory. Very unique, and quite enjoyable. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle from Rozi’s in Cleveland. Strange mixed aroma of yeast, clove, raisen, fruit, and smoke. Flavor is like a cross between a stout and a dubbel...weird. Dark roast, phenols, yeast, wheat malt. Dry bitter finish with a touch of alcohol. This is a bizarre marriage of flavors. Not sure I care for this one. A stouty dubbel. Maybe this will get better with some time in the cellar. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Interesting drink, kind of like a mix between a dubbel and a dry stout, utilizing the better qualities of both. It pours a deep dark brown body with a chocolate head. The aroma is dark caramel with dark cherries and a touch of dark roasted malts. A hit of coffee and a dollop of chocolate are added to the flavor along with one or two raisins. The finish is is a roasted dryness. Dubbel or another Bell’s stout in disguise? Either way, it’s good.mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2006
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tap - LET IT WARM UP!!! This was served too cold and letting it warm up made a GREAT difference in taste and mouthfeel. Aroma was caramel and molasses mixed with a sour cherry note. Poured a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Taste had a definate stout roastiness with dried fruit additions. I loved the palate.. just wanted to let it roll around in my mouth to get its full flavor. Dogbrick (13754) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a medium light tan head that dissipates to a compact leftover. Thin rings of lacing. Smoked aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied with a smoky character, and roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee flavors. Some figs as well. The finish is malty and fruity with a lingering roasty aftertaste. Very good overall.
Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Nearly black with burgundy shades. Aromas of alcohol, chocolate, mollasses, cedar, and rye. Complementary sweet and dry flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, plum and more dark fruits. Very fleeting ’typical’ belgian flavors if any, and strikingly stout-like on most fronts. Warming and rich. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with sliffy - Pours a dark brown color with a good size tan head. Has a light fruity aroma and flavor. Bitterness lingers on the palate. Medium body. A typical dark belgium beer. Worth a try. Thanks Dan. ganache (6055) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Bottle. Yeasty and malty aroma with a touch of plum/dark pitted fruit. Aroma would have earned more points if it were strong. Medium-dark brown head on a nearly-opaque black-red body. Silky smooth full body with a light highlight of hoppy crispness. Taste is thickly malty with light roast, sweetness, light fruitiness. Mellows and dries out after a few moments. Touch of lactose before the dry and richly malty aftertaste leaves the impression of velvety dark chocolate. A distinct Belgian quality in that brief smack of spice/yeast following a quick sip and swallow. Alcohol flavor is non-existent. Good one! hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Mmmmm, yummy! This was very dark, kind of surprised me for some reason. The colour was mostly brown, and you couldn’t see through it even when up to a light source. The head was pretty large even after a controlled pour and had a nice off white head. the aroma contained spices of clove and others of unknown name. This was light but creamy feeling, filled more with flavour than body, but could never be considered thin or watery. the flavour was predominatly tasty up front malts with some spice lending a nice flavour balanced outg by a bit of a hop note, but that seems to merely balance this beer rather than add it’s own flavour profile. there was a bit of a lingering feeling that made me feel more like I should drink more, opposed to making me feel like I can nurse it. I’m glad I got to try this finally, and it only increases my respect for Larry Bell. undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Pours a very dark opaque brown with a small tan head. At first wiff the aroma of belgium kicks you upside the head, but then some other more classic bell aromas kick in. I can’t even comprehend the taste. Its like an abby double, ipa, stout mix. Not my style, but well done.