Franckg (1654) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
2012 vintage, 2 years aged.
Caramelized malt and maple sugar. Great roundness and no trace of alcohol. Long sweet bitterness and hint of hops. Very nice. sinfull (1654) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2015
Hazy,Brown/reddish color with thin off-white head. Aroma of raisins, fruits , belgian yeast , malt. Moderate sweetness in rich, malty taste with notes of caramel , dark fruits , brown sugar. Semidry finish , probably because my bottle was dated by 2012. willisread (3342) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Bready malts, prune, raisin, molasses and brown bananas on the nose. Some spice present as well. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Slightly sweet and dry finish. Not great but not bad. commonmac (1246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Tap (a rarity) at 3 Squares. Flared 10 oz pilsner glass. Cloudy deep orange, nearly red. Minor head. Aroma is definite Belgian. Sugars come through and a little dark fruit too. Taste is simply amazing. Dark fruit without the sour element. Beautiful sugars give way to a bite and hit of alcohol. Very smooth overall. I’m almost at a loss for words. So good. A very close approximation of the Belgians I’ve sampled in Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges. Brentv (672) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 From bottle. Label is 2012. Pours a hazy brown with a small off-white head. Rich fruity aroma and flavor of raisins and prunes and medium to dark fruits. Delicious with a gentle sweetness and very very smooth. Medium full mouthfeel, soft carbonation. One of the nicer beers. Just lovely.
Lacho (95) - USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pours a dark golden caramel color with a pretty hue. Regular foam that lingers for a while, protecting a yeasty aroma.
Good feel in the mouth, complex, earthy and roasty. It is a great interpretation of an Abbey beer.
Will definitely but several to cellar. notayankee (41) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 7, 2015
2013 label, enjoyed in 2015. Bottle pour into Goblet. Fruity aroma with caramel depth and alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Deep red-brown color. Small head disappears quickly and leaves little lacing. Sweet heavy taste is like a good barley wine, and is very pleasant. Has a fizzy but soft carbonation and a smooth lingering finish. Alcohol noticeable in the lingering finish but with the deep sweet aftertaste it is not at all unpleasant, especially to someone who knowingly buys an 8.7% beer. Overall very enjoyable and goes great with rich and savory foods. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle pours a murky dark amber with off white top. Nose of fruit and candy. Tastes from malts to yeasty to fruit and candy. Bebum (990) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Dark amber, clear, tall, tan head.
Very full body, well flavored, well balanced and big mouthfeel, high alcohol heat, avg length, fruity but clean finish.
Sweet, understated but sufficient bitterness, acidity in good balance with the other tastes.
Malty, more like a tripel, grade B maple syrup followed by hoppy bitterness, barley candy, cola, caramel, touch of roast grains, very alcoholic flavor.
Delicious, elephant of a beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Sigmund (7470) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
Shared 355 ml bottle, vintage 2010, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. ABV is 8%. Amber to brown colour. Oxidised malty aroma, reminds me a bit of Thomas Hardy’s Ale. The malty flavour is better, somewhat oxidsed but still nice, notes of oak and dark dried fruits, not very sweet though.