murran (699) - - JAN 13, 2018 Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque brownish black beer, with humongous dense light-tan head like the froth on a good espresso except, as I said, humongous.Aroma of yeast, dried fruit, some slight alcohol, and an inexplicable woodiness. Flavor is full of dried fruit and some chocolate, with a typical Belgian yeast funk and grassy hops that contribute little bitterness. I taste suprisingly little roast or alcohol. Voluptuously full-bodied. By far the best beer I’ve had in a while.
Pours a dark body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and dried fruit. Taste is rich and creamy with a malty base and fruity tones. panda_brewmaster (127) - Bournemouth, Dorset, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2018 Bottle a week after the bb. Weak aroma of roasted malts, cherry juice, raisins and cola. Taste is cola, burned sugar, yeast, subtle coffee, chocolate with raisins, slightly sour. Burned sugar and some dark chocolate in the finish. I need to have this again but fresher. carlom (116) - ITALY - DEC 27, 2017
Colore nero, schiuma compatta e persistente. aromi di malti tostati, liquirizia. Al palato note di caffè, liquirizia, spezie e sentori fruttati. Media carbonatura. Una birra in cui le caratteristiche delle stout sono presenti ma non predominanti come ci si aspetta, ed in cui si percepisce una nota di leggera acidità. brandy cools (36) - 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 (1011) - 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 (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 7, 2017
From Aug 2008
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. Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2017
Draft at The Sovereign in DC.
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. Golix (0) - - NOV 24, 2017 does not count
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 (258) - 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 (1287) - 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.