brandy cools (34) - antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2017
I have malt in the aroma, as well as a hint of dark, sweet soy-sauce, espresso-coffee and hay. Very dark brown allmost black beer with a long-lasting head. The taste has malt-bitterness as wel as dark chocolate-bitterness, candi)sugar_sweetness and , coffee. It's a dense beer full of taste. Very decent example of the style. TomHendriksen (904) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2017
Fles thuis geprobeerd met LiekevdV. Het is een donker bruin bier met een medium schuimkraag. Het heeft een gebrande chocolade achtige geur. De smaak is gebrand mout, chocolade, koffie en licht zuur. Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 7, 2017
From Aug 2008 Huhzubendah (3767) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2017
I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
Having read some of the reviews on this bad boy, I opened the bottle in the sink and had my glass ready...did'nt lose a drop.
It pours a pitch black and has a huge head of tan foam that shrinks really quickly to a solid 1" uneven layer and there's some good lacing. Great looking brew.
The smell has notes of coffee, chocolate, and something that appears to be fruity tartness. Ignoring the latter element, it smells pretty good.
The taste has a lot of coffee and chocolate up front with a fruity tartness right there as well. Good roasted flavour too. And the alcohol is pretty noticeable as I get a lot of warming from it.
It's close to full bodied, pretty highly carbonated, and it finishes slightly bitter but more tart than anything else. Weird brew.
Bottom line: An interesting and unusual tasting example of the style that I'm glad I had the chance to try but frankly, it doesn't work all that well for me. Too much tartness and alcohol cut down on the drinkability and overall enjoyment of the brew.
Draft at The Sovereign in DC. Golix (0) - - NOV 24, 2017 does not count
I have had several bad experiences with bottles of this beer. I am excited at the chance to try this on draft and have a better experience. Dark chestnut hue with a quarter inch of thick beige collar. Aromas of hazelnut, earth, vanilla. Aggressive malt character with notes of char. Much better than the bottled versions I’ve tried.
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2017 Birra unica e riconoscibile in mezzo ad altre mille. Il suo gusto di liquirizia e caffe è qualcosa di spettacolare. De dolle è una certezza.
GregMooreNH (168) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2017
Pours dark with rich, foamy head. Aroma is chocolate heavy, with a hint of vanilla and coffee. Taste starts with chocolate but turns bitter quickly. Bitterness maintains through finish. Meh. Cristobal37 (1269) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 12, 2017
Dark black with dark tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma, chocolate and spices. Big carbonation, hazelnuts, chocolate, burnt toast. Palate is the same and tastes linger long. Great stout. Quite different from the other De Dolle beers, but a great example of the style. Huge aroma and taste. SylvainCFC (360) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2017
Robe noire, mousse brun clair assez abondante, compacte, stable, belle tenue. Nez torréfié, chocolat, légèrement épicé de muscade, légèrement alcooleux. Bouche douce, légèrement épicée, chaleureuse, note de chocolat, touche laiteuse, café, touche anisée. Finale douce, torréfiée, doucement alcooleuse. Corpulence moyenne à épaisse, carbonatation vive. Ronde. Stout complexe, doucement épicé, assez fort, chocolaté. AnG_BrgNor (814) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown with big head. Dark fruits, figs, caramel, sweet malts and some roasted. Bitter with a good aftertaste. Wixie (677) - BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2017
Dark brown liquid, average, light brown head. Sweet aroma of stout, with a hint of malt. Medium body, strong carbonation. Taste is sweet, stout, licorice.