zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2006
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark brown/black pour with a thick and puffy tan head. Malts abound in the aroma, mixed with some nice hints of bread, wine, dark cherries, and caramel. The flavor is just as complex and deep as the aroma. Lots of different malt sensations run rampant across the tongue, each leaving a tiny hint that they came to visit. Caramel, chocolate, burnt chocolate, plums, brandy, and molasses all swing by to say hello. The finish is very dry and malty with a nice alcohol kick at the end. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Pours nearly black, thick with a luxorious fluffy and sturdy tan head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving loads of sticky lace. Aromas are a complex melange of malts, bready yeast, strawberrys and bananas, newsprint, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is remarkably full bodied with brown-sugary, molasses-laden malt, peat, brandy, port wine, caramel and milk chocolate, raisins and a throat-warming head-bang of alcohol. Finish is soft and fruity, although zestily bitter. Soft, silky and thick on the palate. A pleasantly, surprisingly new twist on a stronk ale that wouldn’t mind being called a barleywine either. reakt (951) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Thick full head with a colour so dark, no light can penetrate it (as proved by holding the glass to the computer monitor - not an exact science). Candy sweet aroma and flavour with notes of liquorice and fruit. Quite satisfying. A belly warmer for the winter.Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2006
* Re-rate from Kris Wines, Tufnell Park.. Deep, opaque amber with a nice off white head. Sweet yeast and malt nose, some candy sugar/caramel and banana. Alcohol is apparent in both aroma and taste. Sweet again in the mouth with yeasty orange and liquorice hints, malt in the finish. Quite gassy and has some alcohol warmth on the way down. After being lucky enough to sample many of the reservas of late, I can see how this lays the foundation, it’s one of the top Belgians for me...
(Botttle at the Rover, Göteborg) Pours hazy dark brown with a quickly decreasing white head. Vineous smell with sweet alcohol, allmost like sherry or cognac. Raisins and dried fruits. Ripe pears. Brown sugar. Spicy, fiery taste. Fruity, fudge. Rounds of with a warm feeling in the chest. A pleasant, mild sourness. Salty notes. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle from the cellar at least 2 years old, maybe 3. I’ve had this a few times fresh and wasn’t blown away by it, but I was pleasantly surprised by my cellar sample. This ages very, very well. Notes of sour cherry, clove, and brown sugar on the nose and palate. Some banana, nutmeg, and nuttiness on the finish, which seems both sweet and sour. Very good, one of the better Belgians I’ve had in a long time.
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2006
This is quickly becoming my favorite beer. It should almost be classified as a sour ale. Pours reddish brown with a thin head quickly diminshing. Smells like citrus and cherries. The taste is sweet up front like so many belgian strong ales but that fades quickly into a flemish sour style finish. It lingers on your tounge and only disappears afrer I eat a square of dark chocolate. I have not gone wrong with de dolle yet. Also quite a deal at Knightly for 3.99 a bottle HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Pours very very dark brown, almost black. Tan head is thick. Nose is sour, with some citrius fruit. Flavor is malts, souness, and vinegar.
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2006
Bottle at De Hopduvel, Gent. Almost black with a huge beige head. Sour fruit and roasted malts aroma. Initially sweet fruitiness with roasted flavours, then chocolate taking over, ending on a dry note. Full-bodied. A great classic it has become. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours reddish brown in colour with a huge off-white head. Sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit and caramel. shara (1) - london, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2006 does not count
Nice looking beer. Looks like a rootbeer float upon first pour - reddish brown colour and fluffy light brown head. Fizziness dies down quite quickly, but the head lasts and lasts. Full on aroma. Smooth texture. Tastes nutty, namely pecans and walnuts...aftertaste and all. Hints of rye and chocolate. Sounds awful, but is actually a pleasent bevrage indeed.