ashann22 () - New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2017 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark ruby red with a strong brownish hue and a very small (less than 1/8") off white fizzy head, which diminished totally leaving behind a very small collar and poor lacing.
The aroma was of a moderate caramel malt and a sweet Belgian yeast with notes of dark fruit (raisons, figs & plums), banana, green apple and a slight alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty-sweet with notes of caramel and green apple early on and then took on a strong dark fruit presence with a touch of banana and had a slight red wine alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a decently long time proceeding the swallow with a sweet fruity taste left behind.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a strong ticklish carbonation.
Overall very well rounded Belgian Ale with a nice caramel fruitiness which blended well with the Belgian yeast, thus containing the high alcohol content...
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2017 Too alcoholic for me but can see why this is such a highly rated beer elbernays (1509) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 1, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2017 2009 bottle from McHughs. Bought this a while ago. Might be the oldest beer I?ve had. Pours reddish brown with tan head which disappears. Lots of raisin, Christmas cake, cinnamon, chocolate, soft leather on nose. Smooth sweet date, raisin, cake, some raspberry in flavour. Short wood, earth slight cocoa finish. Delicious beer and a real treat. ghostbeer (215) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Fairly malty. Lovely deep amber color. Noticeable Belgian yeast funk going on. Not unpleasant, though. Complex and some subtle spice. wyatt_rb () - - MAY 4, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2017 Dark and complex ale. Lots of malty sweet flavors. Some hints of chocolate. GlennHendry (459) - OSHAWA, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2017
Complex and tasty. Spices, dark fruits, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Smooth with a full body.
thepatrickman (1358) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at a share. An excellent example of a really under-brewed style. This nails the sweet, raisin malt and Belgian yeast interplay of some of the best dubbels. Complex and heavy, but worth sipping slowly on a cold night. markducommun (1116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Bottled 1/14/13, consumed 9/11/16.
Cloudy light mahogany, minimal tan head. Nose of deep molasses, raisin, allspice. Dark fruitiness. Lightly bitter, spicy. Muted, mellow sweetness. Medium to heavy body, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Long finish. Everything blends together beautifully. Undertone of alcoholic sharpness. This aged remarkably well. Excellent. geologyguy (1604) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2016 Smells like apples...very nice, taste is very malty and heavy medium sweet...smooth and low hops...some complexity but not crazy amount...finishes like apple cider for a second...but aftertaste isn?t great...kinda bitter...lip smacking...hard to place...Had at Nora’s for D&D Mark_Eck (1949) - - AUG 8, 2016
2011 bottle. Pours a hazy brown color. Aroma and taste are bready malts, toffee, and brown sugar. kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Clear light brown with orange tints. Sweet aroma of candies and raisins. Body is light and sweeter than I would expect. Light spice with a lingering finish.