Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
2005 bottle -- Copper body with a light yet sweet aroma, fruits are predominate. Taste was excellent, fruity with a nice hop accent. Malts are evident in the end, sweet with some fruit. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Cloudy, dark ruby-copper-hued body...no real head to speak of here. The aroma is very sweet - with prunes, apples, dates, figs and molasses and honey too. It suggests a very sweet, complex beer. The flavor is very similar to that as well, except that its not that complex. Mostly sweet - I suppose to cover up the high alcohol content. Strong alcohol burn. notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Medium amber color, with fizzy, short-lived head - very warm, wintery spice aroma, with hints of nutmeg and cinnimon being the most prominent - quite spicy and warming, complimented well by the alcohol presence - dry, herbal, tea-like charateristics - a hint of cocoa and roasted nuts - subtle, yet very flavorful at the same time - nice. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 Scaldis Noel bottle. Purchased at The Holiday Wine Cellar in Esconcido, CA. The brew pours a rich transperent amber with lots of bubbles. The head poured huge and I only got a portion of the small bottle out at first. The aroma is indistiguishably sweet. The taste is sweet and very alcholilc, the alchol is very apparent immediately. The spices make the brew go down with unease, in other words this brew is not especially drinkable nor is it very smooth. It’s not bad, its complex but it isn’t super enjoyable. Re-rate, 04 Vintage at Tornado much better. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2006
The pour is a golden color with a fizzy white head. Aroma of hops and spices, and a definite floral smell. The taste was warming, with vinuous flavors and a definite yeast taste. Very interesting flavor.
ALLOVATE (3048) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2006
I tasted this one hastily from the bottle into a plastic cup of all things as my backpack was starting to way me down as I ended my hostel stint in Belgium due for a train to lovable Rotterdam. Cooled it down in a basin in our room and, a little later, merrily cracked it with a grin. Almost bright, tawny copper body (as this was a clear PET cup, finest there is!), lightly carbed, slightly oily looking adorned by a firm, creamy tan head that didn’t lace but held out alright (no more need to add the cup excuse!). Vinous, sherry soaked, sticky date pudding nose that was quite mellowing and warming, spicy and robust. Big toasted malt and bready, doughy body that filled out heavy in the mouth. Quite smooth, very light in carbonation and managed to steer clear of becoming solventy or oily in the back as a bonus. Had a bad run of Belgian Strong’s that suffered from chemical ’hot’ flavours, so this just shined right there. There is a good showing of burnt fruit that grips in first on the opening sip. The ensuing quaff has more biscuity, chocolate malts that don’t make it passed the mid-palate before some very prominent port-like flavour settles in and follows off into the very warming swallow. Hits high note as it warms, the alcohol controls the palate in a pleasant fortified fruit wine conatus that, with the big malt backing, makes this quite a long, not overly exciting slow sipper that soon repeats. Its finish has some savoury fruits, just a touch of malt, but generally just dies off warming. I expected more definition and complexity but all I found was big bodied burnt wine. Still,... not bad!!! (25cL, 26/09/07) Salminen (1) - USA - AUG 20, 2006 does not count
Hmm, surprised at some of the lower ratings. I find it a mature complex flavor, for me very excellent balance of malt, wood and not overly sweet. I love the earthy aroma.. One of my favorite Belgian beers, this beer really ages well also.
Cheers! larsga (7602) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2006
Huge, rapidly shrinking, beige creamy head with many larger bubbles.
Deep dark red body. Sweet spicy, licorice marzipan aroma with peppery
notes and maybe some alcohol. Taste is round, sweet licorice malts
with strong alcohol heat, some alcohol taste, and strong caramel.
Aftertaste is almost overpowering caramel. This is too strong; it’s
not really very enjoyable. (0.25l bottle.)
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 27, 2006
There is a spicey and sweet aroma and a pour that is dark amber. The flavor of malty sweetness with a spicy background provide for a pleasent beer. saxo (18960) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma is sweet with lots of spices. Taste is fruit and spices with a sweet alcoholic finish.