ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 didnít 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 Strongís that suffered from chemical íhotí 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 donít 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
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
larsga (7497) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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; itís
not really very enjoyable. (0.25l bottle.)
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (17998) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour wlith an excellent rocky fully lasting head. Rich aroma and taste of fruits and spices.
chicagobears (468) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fragrant hops, oak and sweet malts. Has a nice warming alcohol presence. The guy at the liquor store recommended this. So far he is 3 for 3. A complex array of flavors. Taste of blackpepper, carmael, oak wood, dough, and fruit. Has a huge kick of hops. A warm and pleasant sipping beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Cloudy dark orange with a thin layer of small bubbles on the top, rich malts, apples and brown sugar in the aroma. Thick and hot in the mouth, with a light burning in the throat. Starts and ends sweet.
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice amber color, some red hues, and a nice thick and creamy head. The aroma was spicey and malty sweet. The flavor was much of the same. Just couldnít place the spice. Some grapes and vinous tones (but alcohol fairly smooth if really 12%abv) also in the flavor. A slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was moderate.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a label. Aroma is very malty, flowery hops, peppery alcohol. Taste is fruity yeasty and malty, no to much alcohol. Alright but maybe the small bottle didnt help.