chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of spice (nutmeg, clove, anise) carmelized brown sugar fruits (raisin, orange, plum, banana) and a blue cheese like yeastyness. The nose is deep and alluring, strong and inviting. Some carmelly malt is present as well, but the floral spicy yeast dominates.
Flavor is like the best apple cider you ever had. A woody malt start flows slowly into a rich fruity mid with carmelly finish. A delicate and incredilbe transition of flavors, like really good scotch. The spices noted in the nose intermingle with rich dark fruit malts and elegant belgian yeast in a most pleasant balancing act. You taste alchohol but its only one character in a complex mingle.
Palate is equally complex and marked by smooth and definite transitions. Mild tang and tingle build to sour character while the mouth becomes increasingly silkly. After goin thro a dry phase there is a sweet whisper of a finish, slightly sticky mouth, like you just ate a nectarine.
I don’t use perfect as a description very often because I want to leave the perfect beer out there as an unattainable ideal, but this beer is damn near perfect. Its because of beer like this that so many american belgian style ales fail miserably.
Acaro (143) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 24, 2017
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Caramel and alcoholic touch.
Appearance: Very dark brown color with clear liquid and white frothy head.
Taste: Medium sweetness with light bitter notes.
Palate: Full body with thin liquid and average carbonation. Sweet caramel finish with very subtle alcoholic touch.
Overall: Very good beer, strong flavours and notes in the nose. The alcoholic touches are very subtle and do not overpower the other features.
googleimage83 (151) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours rather dark muddy brown, bubbly, head dissipates fairly quickly. Fruity and spicy nose - raisin, currant, fig, gingerbread. Flavour is sweet, juicy and winey, with spicy finish. Notes of caramel, toffee, citrus peel, banana, clove, allspice. Dry floral finish - some noticeable booze here. Complex, well balanced, and very pleasant.
Fanni (19) - HUNGARY - MAY 21, 2017
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Malt:nuts. Other: licorice. Sweet: medium. Bodí: full. Texture: creamy. Head: creamy. Carbonation: average.
Beamer (6) - - MAY 21, 2017 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mooi kleur, eerste smaak sensatie lijkt een beetje op pistache, verder een mooi smakelijk biertje, wat voor herhaling vatbaar is.
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Navers (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Maryhill Tesco, Glasgow. Beer served in 10°C, Teku Glass. Pours hazy red, little head with very good lacing. Aroma of dried fruits, red berries, prunes, pepper, cloves. Taste is rich and malty, warming alcohol, caramel, pear, spices, pralines, figs, yeasts, herbal hops.
ilvesjoki (84) - Ulricehamn, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An overrated beer, not saying it is a bad one, but I have had better within this category. Quite sweet with roasted malt.
Cenzura (673) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 18, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: dried fruits, belgian yeast, cloves, banana. Taste: yeast, malts, dark fruits, dried fruits, cloves, sweetness and subtle alcohol. Nice head, good lacing and high carbonation.
nicolasgoddone (14) - asuncion, PARAGUAY - MAY 16, 2017
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 330 ml bottle. Pours brown with considerable head and foam retention. The staple aromas of clove and roasted nut of belgian ales is vigorous. Slightly dry body, marvelously balanced for it’s powerful 9% alcohol content. A great belgian strong ale.
Oiolosse (124) - Granada, SPAIN - MAY 14, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vierte marrón con suave cabeza blanca crema, alta carbonatación y buen cordón. El aroma es audaz y complejo. Maltas oscuras, ciruela, marmelada, higo, razón, roble y, por supuesto, el belga con clavo, cítricos, plátano maduro y canela. El sabor es dulce, efervescente y con un largo final amargo con una sugerencia de burbon booze. Complejo, material de gran alcance.
slufsar (4) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2017 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not much to add that has not already been said. Dark and smooth. Looks very sexy in a proper trappist glass!