Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Pours clear and dark, crimson to chestnut brown in color. A moderate, foamy beige head laves a wash of slowly breaking foam that dries in spotty gatherings. Aromas are of dark candy sugar, plums, raisins, and hints of cocoa. Dark caramel lends further saccharine carachter. Traces of citrus oils are faint but noticeable. Flavors concentrate on the dark candy and fruit, showing mostly sweet, with little bitterness stemming from the dark cocoa and mild, earthy hops. I don’t get any floral honey, as it is most likely dominated by the sweet fig and plum. Medium-full on the palate, the body starts out syrupy but ends up on the dry side. Overly carbonated and a bit alcoholic at this point. Pretty nice overall, but it is nothing special. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
2009-03-20. Dark brown body with a modest foamy tan head. (3+) Aroma has modest but pervasive alcohol presence. Sweet malt with a light spice character to it. Flavour is somewhat alcoholic, as in the aroma it is pervasive but not overly strong. Sweetish malt, light bitterness is magnified in the finish as the alcohol shows itself a bit more. Light dusty malt undertones. (7+) Average palate seems just a touch light for the beer. Not bad. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
(750ml bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a cloudy brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of mustiness, fennel, dates, clove, brown sugar, and raisins. Flavor of yeast, raisins, cocoa, herbal, and dates. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle from Pilsnerpete. Muddy, brown body with a very large, tan head. Head is fizzy and beer is clearly a bit overcarbonated. Nose is quite pleasant with dark fruits, light toffee and candi sugar, very light citrus and a touch of floral hops. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with lots of toffee, some dark fruit, a dose of licorice and quite a bit of roast. Actually, this would probably be a very nice beer if not for a bit too much dark malts, which seems to be the biggest difference (and the flaw) in American made Belgian Strongs. Medium body is very soft and carbonation, though present in high levels is gentle. Finish is long, but a bit unpleasant with the aforementioned dark malts coming through quite heavily and a very strong lingering licorice. All-in-all, not a bad effort from a decidedly mediocre brewery. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of candi sugar, honey, nutty yeast. Flavor the same, some sweet notes, some yeasty notes. Nothing wrong with it, well brewed and all, but really nothing interesting about it either, just another Belgian to me.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
Dark garnet pour with a big beige head and drippy lace. Apples, spice and candi sugar on the nose. Flavor was more complex then I expected. Very sweet with hints of orange, dark fruits, yeast and spice. Pretty good, but a little hard to tackle a bottle on my own blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very deep, bubbly orange-ruby with a large mostly-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma’s sweet, yeasty and fruity along with some spices too. Flavour, like the aroma, is sweet and yeasty along with sweet malt, alcohol and a hint of spice in the lightly bitter finish. After a few sips I detect some chocolate as well. Average to medium bodied with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good, a well done beer. Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - APR 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark amber with big brown head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and malty with hints of alcohol. Flavor is sweet with notes of orange, spices, and yeast. Finish is smooth and not too dry. hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Much darker than I expected, a true brown with a large frothy tan head that lasts and leaves lace. Interesting aroma, it’s got sweet, light fruits with a definite belgian yeast and spiciness and just a hint of dark malts. The flavor is also quite light and fruity, with some dark fruity maltiness as well. Mouthfeel quite thin, but suits the style. No hint of he 9% alcohol. twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Gentle pour still yields a big, foamy two inches of off white head atop a pour of opaque, thick black with some faint dark amber highlights. Head sticks around forever. Aroma dominated by dark, fruity phenols over a light sugary sweetness, some faint yeasty spiciness. Relatively thin, muted aroma. Flavor shows a hefty bite of sharp spice and bitterness, lots of yeasty twang. Big heavy dark raisins and plums backed by boozy fruity phenols. Some notes of light sticky honey show up as per bottle, and some light orange notes; but spicy and dark sharp notes overpower. Palate suffers from some heavy, active overcarbonation. Otherwise very full and sharp with a light boozy finish. Overall a decent beer with some noticeable weak spots.