RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Winter warmer...brewed with 8 malts, molasses, poplar syrup, dark candi sugar, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some orange peels.

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bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
750ml capped from scrizzle the nozzle. Blackish brown in color with a head that settles down to ring around the edge of my glass. Nose is kind of sweet. Some chocolate and dark fruit notes. Maybe raisins and it is a bit parfumey. Tart, winey, metallic...I’ve had enough.

scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Woodish aroma and muted plum with new leather. Black, only dark brown on the edges. Sharply sour, spent coffee and became waxy with each sip. Not good.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 10/10/2008 Some roast aroma. Black and fruity with some bitterness in a sour earthy finish.

riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle from scrizz at his birthday thing. Vinegar, roast, and earth in the nose. Dark brown pour with some red hues, thin beige foam. Sour vinegar, roast, steamed gros veggies, dry earthy roast in the finish. Big carbontaion. Wow I poured this one out... Jesus.

mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
750ml bottle, with thanks to StFun for the great bonus! Pours a dark cola brown with a large fluffy tan head. Aroma is earthy roasted malts, some vegetable, and a little dried fruit. Flavor is sweeter, with candied dark fruits, more earthy malts, and unfortunately more vegetable. The vegetable action in this one kind of ruined any potential for the other aspects to come out. Thanks again Josh!

neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Colour... dark garnet with no head. Nose... yeasty and fruity. Palate... oh my! This an affront to my palate! Metallic with notes of loam and sand, which may make this one sound chewy, but on the contrary, this beer is quite thin and watery. Blech!

Optigon (561) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Pours black, transparent, with little head. Moderate mouth feel. All I really get out of this beer is burnt styrofoam. Bleh. Some vanilla and sweetness with a carbon, bitter finish. Bleh.

bretupdegraff (243) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Aroma is offensive to me, might be nut. It reminds me of the Leinenkugel Fireside Nut ale that I hated. nice sized white head and very carbonated. Taste was more offensive. it tasted like vinigar and sour milk tarty soda. I agree with daknole this beer looks good. Take a picture of it but dont drink it. If this is Belgian Ale I will avoid Belgium. not my style.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
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.


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