j12601 (11819) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium sized white head. Spicy caramel and brown sugar with a touch of fruit and yeasty esters. Medium-bodied, sweet and yeasty, warm candied malt, sweet and touch of caramel. Big yeasty finish with some esters and a bit of warming alcohol. NikkTwist (3222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Dark orange pour. Some light red fruits with a sweet caramel edge. Refined barley candy. Nice. Drake (13734) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2013
C&C 750 mL bottle from State Line. Pours a hazy orange color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Big bready aroma with canned fruits, stone fruits, spice, caramel, raisin, mild earth. The taste is bread, caramel, spice, raisin, citrus, canned fruits. Medium bodied. Solid beer. brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
12 ounce pour at the Brewer’s Art rathskeller. It pours a near neon orange that appears to amplify the light that hits it. Very little foam on top, but it puts off a full, easily detectable, hops and fruit aroma. The taste is something like hard candy and malted smoothness that rides nicely on a medium body. I look forward to having this one again sometime. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
750mL c&c. Pours a deep amber with a big pop of the cork. Fizzy, large beige head. Spotty white lace. Nose is super sticky baked cherries, Belgian candi sugar. Almost Chimay Rouge or Gouden Carolus Ambree or Christmas style yeasty nose. Taste is sweet, diet cherry cola, some paper, sugar. Some iron. Not bad. I'd peg it at Abbey Dubbel or Belgian Strong Ale. Not too bad. Thick black cherry with licorice. Slightly anesthetic and medicinal palate.
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crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2012
very high concentration of esters in this one. The "Belgian" character is very overpowering. If you like Belgian esters seek this one out but it was a bit much for me. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Amber pour, mostly white head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar, dates, yeast. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, dates, yeast, toffee. Thanks for the bottle Joey. freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
A dark Belgian strong, this pours crystal clear copper, no head. Brown sugar, whiskey and vanilla are the main aroma components. 8% alcohol is well masked and lends a thick mouthfeel. Sweet at first but mediated by a long hoppy bitter finish. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by Lubiere (merci!) at Mike’s, served cool in a tulip glass. 20NO11. MASSIVE GUSH. Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
App.: Cloudy orange-amber with a frail orange-light tan head.
Aroma: Buttery caramel/toffee, some dark dried fruit, orange, citrus, brown sugar.
Palate: Medium body, fairly sparse effervescence.
Flav.: Nice rich malts, dark dried fruits, orange peel, toffee/brown sugar, alcohol, nice; sweet with some bitterness and a pleasant orange, malt, alcoholic finish.
The bottle is apparently a bit old. I still found it reasonably quacktastic.
A lightly hazed amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, caramel malt with porto, oxidized malt notes, coriander and curacao. In mouth, a smooth sweet candy sugar with maderized notes, a bit too old. Bottle from the brewery, 2 years old, shared with Probstk, GRM, Mike and Shaun, Nov. 20 2011.