Tmoney99 (15032) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Draft in snifter at brewpub. Poured hazy brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malty and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex drinkable brew. Dogbrick (13986) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On draught at the brewpub. Served in a snifter. The beer pours opaque black with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses and citrus. Medium body with flavors of tart fruit, roasted malt, yeast and alcohol. The finish is dark fruit and sweet spices and leaves behind a citrusy aftertaste. Decent overall. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
(Draught) Pours a black body with a creamy medium-sized beige head. Aroma of toasted grain, rye, chocolate, nuts, and some dark fruit. Flavor of plum, rye, toasted malt, Belgian yeast, light coffee, and cocoa with a dry finish. jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-anise, peat/roasty, earthy. Taste is tart dark fruit, herbal/medicinal, dark malt-anise, peat/roasty, earthy. Minimum carbonation. Once it warms to just above cellar temperature it improves but still the same off notes. deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a large brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma has a strong alcohol note that was accompanied by notes of orange peel, dark malts and sugar. Flavor has a strong alcohol note as well, with notes of sweet dark malts, cooked veggies and a touch of citrus peel.
shrubber85 (11666) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Tap at Columbus Bar. Raspberry malt aroma. Dark brown color. Raspberry/orange peel malt flavor with a bitter hops finish. Very tasty. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Odd beer. Beautiful pour, but my enjoyment may have ended there. Aroma is pretty nice and malty with some funk. Flavor is funky and a tad tart/sour. I taste hints of a good beer, but I cannot get past the weird funk. hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle… Pours dark and sits black with a large, frothy, off-white head. Great, tight retention. Herbal, rooty aroma; also sweet and spicy. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Dark fruits and mild chocolate are in abundance. Moderately sweet. Crisp, chocolaty-sweet finish. Reminiscent of a foreign stout. Bottle courtesy of smith4498! kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/29/2007 MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
black, frothy beige head, lots of lace,
light roasted aroma with a fruity edge,
rich chocolate and roast flavor, light fruity esters,
the rich chocolate and the creamy body is a great combination and makes this beer
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Score: 3.7 to 3.3
aroma is roasted with just a bit of the dark chocolate,
rich dark chocolate and roasted flavor with burnt sweet dark fruits,
the increase in sweet fruity character is a plus but the increasted roasted and burnt rubber character takes it away
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This bottle of Dark Belgian-style Ale was sadly infected: dill aromas, rubber, vinegary acidity, etc. This should not have been released.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A circle of foam dips into the near blackness.
-Carbonation is expansive, propelling all off flavors even further onto the palate.
-Roasted malts have earthy components.
-The body is relatively thin, but I don’t know if this is the result of the present infection.
-I didn’t know when I had this brew, but seeing the ingredient list I can imagine there were many opportunities to get infections and at least one problem got by them at bottling.
-This was quite the bummer because their bottled Tripel was as good as it was authentic.