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 (521) - 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 (1811) - 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 (455) - 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 (11217) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, 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 (7808) - 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! BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
[Sampled in Chiang Rai, Thailand, january 2006.]
The only good beer for 3 months found in a dutch restaurent. Darkbrown with huge aroma of fruits and yeast. Flavor is sticky of carbonation of what expected and again fruits, caramel, port and some alcoholic bitterness. Maybe its renome/reputation is declining a bit! thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle 75cl. Wow, aroma is complex and of caramel, chocolate, nuts, alcohol, and fruit. Pours very dark red, with a modest head. Flavor is extremely complex, especially as it warms, with hints of everything in the aroma plus coffee, and perhaps spice? Finish is slightly bitter, but not overwhelming. A world class beer that is readily available.