Funknmilla (743) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cork smells like a chemical on the fresh pop....medium to dark brown-with reddish hues...medium beige head thats fluffy yet dense....smells like yeast, bananas and malt...lacing very nice..its drippy....the more you swirl, the more the nanas peel, then they offer you some alcohol...nice body, medium nice effervescence...alcohol on the first sip....very dense, very concentrated....sweet alcohol...I wish more of the aroma was present in the the flavor, perhaps some aging would help that...slightly viscous in the mouth
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with reddish hues and a mostly maintained wispy light tan head.
Aroma of plums, syrup-soaked fruits, dark bread, peppery phenols. Tastes of toffee, bubble gum, plum, and fruity syrup. Mouthfeel is full bodied, moderately dry with lush carbonation.
JoeinDahlem (1480) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was unprepared for and amazed by this beer. Sipped from snifters, 2006 Jaargung, 75cL. Dark brown with this beige head. Huge, enticing aroma of leather, licorice, spices and brandy. Flavor is incredibly complex, with light sweetness, roasty dark chocolate, leathery bitterness, long and dry finish. A bit thin, maybe. Intense. Warm. Delicious. I must have more in the cellar.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, Jaargang 2007--most likely the vintage year. Clear ruby with a one finger creamy beige head, fades to a ring before long. Lots of sweet raisins, caramel, chocolate, figs, and brown sugar in the aroma along with some Belgian yeast and a hint of tobacco. Flavor continues to be pretty sweet with the raisins, figs, brown sugar, vanilla beans, and some milk chocolate. Some overripe bananas and light pear (which I don’t usually pick up on) are there to add to the fruitiness. Semi dry finish with minimal bitterness--though this never got cloying like a lot of English barleywines. Light carbonation with a full body. this is one damn good beer.
KawaBomber (221) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL Bottle: Ruddy brown body, beige head dissipates quickly, but comes alive on the swirl. Banana/licorice aroma. Nice lacing that sticks around. Unbalanced in the mouth, sour/bitter. I’m thinking it needs some aging, not at all what I was expecting.
**After reading other reviews it’s pretty clear this is an ager. I’ll be back in a year or three :o)**
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark opaque body with a thick brown head. There are aromas of raisins and a lot of caramel scent. The flavor has a ton of roasted malt and prune taste.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very fine drink. Almost zero head, as Belgians tend. Very dark and sumptuous - a quad I think? Notes of fig, black currant, almost mincemeat. Though it sounds like it would be a sweet beer, I assure you this is not the case. A flavor of odd alien fruits and ancient spirits.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle. Garnet pour with no head. Slightly plastic tasting. Sweet and malty. Nice.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours out a clear mahogany with a creamy light beige head. Fruity aroma punctuated by caramel and vanilla. Medium/full body, light carbonation and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Sweet malty flavors dominate, with very gently bitterness at the finish. Luxurious, rich, and satisfying. Alcohol not really apparent.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Version 2005. Brown red beer with a small beige head. Lot of port and madeira in aroma and flavor. Alcohol as well.