janubio (848) - SPAIN - JAN 6, 2007
Brown cloudy beer, with a very foamy head that doesn’t take long to disappear. Aroma: Yeast, port wine, chocolate, some pepper and vanilla and slightly lactic. Strong body, it weights in your tongue.Taste: sweet, but with the usual harshness, floral, liquor, chocolate, plums or raisins. Another great beer from Chimay, better if you keep it stored for some years before drinking it. Swarzbeer (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled, brown, good barley taste and aroma, very good balanced, very very good markveerman (14) - Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Aroma: caramel, yeast, slight floral at first sniff, but couldn’t get that one again.
Appearance: Dark reddish brown, hazy, with a bubbly head (initially 3 fingers).
Medium body, slightly sweet and smooth with a lasting finish. It has all the sharper elements of a strong ale, but remains smooth and almost creamy. Agitate the beer and the yeast flavors really come out. aharbick (4) - USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
You can tell that it’s bottle conditioned from the head (very bubbly and disapates quickly). Bouquet has the characteristic Belgian beer smell; very gentle flowery/fruity smell, with a punch of a smell that is acrid. One writer calls out "caramels" and at the suggestion it’s hard not to notice. Color is a nice a warm brown nutty color, but the beer being unpasteurized/unfiltered and bottle conditioned is pretty cloudy. It is very drinkable and smooth, flavor is understated and not all that memorable. The high alcohol content goes right to your head ;) Definitely a top-notch beer, but not my favorite jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Re-Rate...Pours ruby brown with a thick disappearing foamy head. Yeast and fruity sweet malty aroma, with a hint of toffee, spice, and just a bit of alcohol. Slightly fruity and spicy yeast flavors are the most notable, with notes of cherries and slight floral hops. Palate is medium, warming, full of lively carbonation, and bitter-sweet. Enjoyable and fairly complex strong ale.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Poured brown with a tall off-white head. The aroma found malts and spices. The flavor appeared fruity with light spices. Medium body and slightly sweet. I did not find anything particular that stood out other than it was very smooth and overall enjoyable. daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Had the 330mL bottle. The aroma is like a handful of caramels, malts and pulled taffy. Beautiful hazy, opaque dark red color with thick frothy, half bubbly tan head of two fingers. The flavor goes through a set of stages as it warms. Spicy but the dominant flavors are the malts and beasts. most other strong belgian ales, this one isn’t fruity in the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel is warm due to the high alcohol content, the cask conditionning makes this heavier beer seem to evaporate on your tongue like a champagne. faroeviking (10842) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Deep dark brown colour with a beautiful big off-white head. Aroma of toasted malts, yeast, fruits and some spices. The flavour is very much malty and spiced with a good fruitiness, yeast, alcohol, nice sweetness and flowery hops. A great great brew! Several years tasted after being stored for some years. JohnnyZ (90) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Very delicious. Dark and robust. Complex and pleasant to the senses. A full bodied trappist brew. One of the better strong ales. blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep, very dark red with lots of little floaties and a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, fruit, light hops, brown sugar and more -- quite complex. Flavour of sweet malt, fruit, spices, Belgian yeast and a light bitter finish. There’s some alcohol but it’s pretty well hidden. Medium bodied. I can’t believe it took me this long to rate this but I’ll add my voice to the choir and say it’s absolutely fantastic!