polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Aroma is complex and filled with notes of sweet dark dried fruits, raisins, plums, also grapes, spice, wood, caramel, some yeast, apple, vino, and port. Just fantastic! Pours a very deep sparkling burgundy hue. Average off-white frothy head that left fantastic lace and mostly diminished. Flavor is earthy and sweet. Plum and sherry tones with a earthy yeast midway to the finish. Rather full bodied and sticky but not too heavy. Oily texture with lively carbonation. An amazing presentation but was hoping for more in the flavor, however, this is a fantastic brew. smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aromas of dark fruits and dough. Flavor is sweet with raisins, figs, caramel, and licorice. Alcohol is barely noticable giving a slight warming feeling. Medium body with tingly carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Another great brew from Het Anker. DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Re-rate 12/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at Vova’s place. Thanks Vova. 2009 bottle. Clear deep amber. Malt, caramel, dark fruits, a bit of alcohol, sweet. Medium-full-bodied. Pretty smooth and rounded. A decent sipping beer. 6/4/7/3/14=3.4
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle. 2000 vintage bought at Alvinne brewery shop for about 6.5 Euro (!). 8.5% ABV according to the label. Dark brown color with deep red hues and a small to medium, quickly-diminishing, beige head. Sweet sugary-caramelly malt aroma with some berries and some plum notes. Very sweet flavor with big maltiness, brown sugar, loads of dark fruits and a sweet finish with a bit of yeast and spiciness and some alcoholic notes. Medium body which feels too light to handle the strong maltiness. This is too sugary (gets even a bit cloying) for me. This beer is still ok but I’m actually quite disappointed.
How about his one? A bottle from 2000....yeah you read that right...2000! This happens to be my favorite beer as I have had previously 2006 and 2007. I didn’t do a vertical, but that event is in the works! Anyway, the aroma from the bottle just after release of the stubborn cork was overwhelmingly of dark fruit and sugar. It pours a dark-brown coppery color with a smallish head that seemed to dissipate quickly. Maybe some of the carbonation has worn off over the years. The aroma, once poured, was of dark raisins, plums, candy sugar, and carmel. Now for a sip...the flavor matches the aroma quite well. You get a potpouri of dark fruits such as plum and dark cherry. It almost has the fruitiness of a quality dark champagne! Great mouthfeel with a smoothness that I don’t remember being present in the more recent vintages. It also seems sweeter than those vintages. There is also, almost no trace of alcohol taste in the finish. Outstanding! mjs (7698) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
(2007 vintage at One Pint on 2008-04-08) Deep dark brown colour. Thick quickly disappearing head. Liquorice and malts in nose. Cady sugar in taste. Some banana and liquorice. Nice.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 2006 bottle rated in 5/ 08. MMMM..strong ale with evenness of IIPAs. Even aromas and tastes. Feels like my first rating. Malt is strong and so is ale. Don’t know where to start? Real quality. So many flavors. Todeon (327) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Bottle. The aroma is wonderfull! Aroma is filled with fruits and chocolate, smells like I’m in for a treat! Flavor is like an explosion!Fruity,soursweet,complex,caramell and a hint of bananas.Great beer! Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2008
Dark reddish brown color with a thick head that that quickly dissipates. Heavier alcohol smell than I was expecting but was not bad. Also smells of yeast, rasins, and spices. Taste is sweet with a bit of alcohol burn at the end. A heavy malt taste with fig and rasins. Feels good in the mouth with the right ammount of carbonation. Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - APR 28, 2008
Inscrutable dark and thick, with a fast vanishing head. The aroma is rich, sweet, full of dried fruits such as figs, dates, plums, with a little yeasty spiciness and some ethylic traces. Full bodied, sweet, almost sirupy, definitely a sipping beer. Lothore (647) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a deep, dark reddish hue with a nice little eggshell white head which stays on top of this brew for quite a while.
S- Smell is dominated by a sweet banana character which kind of dominates the nose but lying behind it are spices and a yeasty distinctly belgian character to it.
T- Taste is super sweet at the begining, dark yet fruity sustained by a deep malt breadiness which leads into an alcohol warming. The alcohol is covered up masterfully. Not my usual beer but it is making me reconsider the Belgian Strong Dark Ale Style.
M- Thick and creamy with a just the right amount of carbonation bite at the end.
D- I really wanted to not like this beer. I often find myself not liking a lot of Belgian beers unless they are done really well ... and this one is. That being said it is going to be hard for me to finish this whole bottle, I think sipping on one glass is awesome though.