chrisbruce (18) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Clear reddish amber colour with a tall tan head; aromas of spice, bread; balanced flavour with a neutral finish; tasty. Candy and sugar everywhere in the glass bunget (983) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
750ml bottle. Clear dark copper body, medium beige head with average retention. Complex aroma of dried berries, bitter herbs, hops, spices, roasted nuts, earthy. Taste of rich caramel malt, yeast, raisins, cinnamon, peppercorns. Late warming effect. Exceptional. racedom (23) - Guadalajara, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2015
Nice finish and smooth taste, hints of fruit make this a perfect sipping beer for an afternoon of leisure and cold.
Temptation (257) - - APR 17, 2015
Really extraordinary beer, plenty of nuances to nuts, brown sugar, spices, chocolate and raisins, among others. Like a puzzle perfectly done. Sweet but not cloying, strong but not heavy, complex but not difficult. Excellent. BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Beauty and personality so exquisite sadly and rarely come together with such unexceptionable results. Charlevoix has cooked up a heavyweight champion of a beer, conjuring up what Christmas in Belgium must taste like in a liquid format. This rouge madame hardly seems 10% ABV from a taste perspective but her muscles are flexed when it comes to machinating any thoughts worth thinking. After but several sips, flavours of figs, cherries, red wine, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar and subtle leather are gladly all I can perceive. At 15CND per bottle, this is well worth every grueling moment spent doing unimaginative work from which to earn those fifteen clams.
AgentAle (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Aroma is roasty malts, cinnamon, apple, pearl, yeast, plum and candy sugar. Taste is rich malts which are sweet and rich. A full palate of dark fruits come through nicely. Finishes nicely with some light spiciness and slight clove. Appearance is a dark clear amber with a medium pearl head that retains fairly well. Stoned99 (1547) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
750ml bottle shared with family in law. Bottle was aged for a year. Aroma: red fruits, sugar, candies, floral, spices. App: dark brown, medium beige head, great retention. Murky a bit. Taste and palate: full body, medium sweetness, dry sweet finish. Maderized. Sticky. Overall: really sweet beer, glad I shared it. But still didn’t have difficulty finishing my glass. Maybe aging it only changed the taste for the worst. caesar (7133) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle shared by Julien, medium sample. Dark brown color, medium head. Aroma of cookie, biscuit, spicy yeast, slight peppery, hint of roast, some red fruit. Soft sweet in taste, dry and spicy, bit chewy. Wonderfully balanced. Like one of the great Belgian examples, but with a dash of North American biscuit and cookie. Great beer. Borresteijn (7016) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
75cl Bottle, tfs Julien! Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of figs, port wine, raisins, dark fruits, yeast, cookies, brown sugar. Flavour is quite sweet, dark malts, dark fruits, yeast, raisins, brown sugar, raisin, resembles St. Bernardus Abt imho. Good, but a bit fizzy. bytemesis (8357) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 18, 2015
2009 bottle with thanks to kbudd19! Pours hazy ruby hazel, small tan head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is herbal and floral, quite spiced, allspice, clove, yeast esters, dark fruits. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter, some oxidation present, dark fruits, raisins, Belgian yeast esters, and quite a bit of spices. Medium-light body, high carbonation. A bit overspiced for my personal preference.