Braudog (6835) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle, caged and corked. About as dark a shade of red as a beer can get before you’d call it black. Beautiful pillowy head. The aroma is rich and super sweet, bordering on chocolate. This drinks like a holiday dessert ... Rich and as sweet as a syrupy cherry pie. Delicious. (#4880, 12/30/2012) superspak (6011) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before July 2014. Pours nearly crystal clear ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big cherry, plum, raisin, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of cherry, plum, raisin, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of cherry, raisin, plum, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Dark ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. kennydiaz (362) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
It pours a dark brown with a highly carbonated head. Very sweet hints of brown sugar and cinnamon. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: A little more subtle than I was expecting at first, but it kept improving as it warmed. Very Belgian. Nice and sort of special for Christmas, but not very Christmasy.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red with a huge, off-white head that mostly lasted and diminished at a painfully slow rate and left good lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak and contained moderate candi sugar; very light hops; moderate to heavy spicy Belgian yeast; raisin; prune; apple; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caisugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, spicy yeast, cherry, prune, raisin, hints of brown sugar, a little apple, more yeast, slight hops, hints of earthy and metallic hops and yeast and hints of cocoa. The medium body was creamy with soft, but very tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish. gripweed57 (2863) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Growler from Canal’s in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Hazy dark amber color topped by a small creamy beige head. Sweet fruity, yeasty malt aroma has notes of apricots and cinnamon bread. Mildly sweet, yeasty malt flavor upfront. Silky dried fruit flavor in mid taste with more apricot and mild citrus. Finish is more yeasty fruit and light citrus hops.
mgajdaczewa (2285) - Katowice, POLAND - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 Aromat obiecuje wiele, są nuty czerwonych owoców, lekko winne, rodzynki, muśnięcie czekolady, lekki kwasek, który dawał do myślenia czy aby to piwo nie jest na brettach, do tego tradycyjne nuty drożdżowe no i wanilia połączona z drewnem. W smaku nadzwyczaj wytrawne, wyraźna nuta drewna jak w klasycznym brytyjskim old ale dominuje nad resztą smaków, wyczuwalna wanilia, lekka (zbyt lekka) owocowość w postaci czerwonych owoców, rodzynek. Ewidentnie brakowało pełni i belgijskiego charakteru, choć nie sposób nie docenić wspaniałego aromatu i atutów leżakowania w beczce.