BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
2008 bottle. Had side by side with the Gulden Draak Vintage Ale. Pours with a small, light brown head that fades and remains in memory by a strong ring and very strong lacing. Some strongish alcohol legs join the lacing. Body is a murky deep red. Aroma of port, fruity esters (some toffee covered bananas), cinnamon, mace, candi sugar, candied walnuts, spiced bake apple, alcohol, and overall quite perfumey. Taste is rich and very sweet quad. Mouthcoating with fruits, sweet cherry and plum, tons of yeast and rich fruity esters. Banana, alcohol, but very smooth. Creamy mouthfeel that is a bit coating, light carbonation. Warming. An interesting, slightly bad yeasty aftertaste. I am not the biggest fan of the yeast presence in a lot of beers by Van Steenberge. sc0ttyd0g (17) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2008
Dark reddish body, some raisin, brown sugar, malt loaf. warm on the palate, but no overpowering taste of alcohol. Giuseppe (1) - , ITALY - DEC 20, 2008 does not count
Molto dolce. Plovmand (8630) - Grindsted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2008
Si sente molto il luppolo, quasi caramellata.
Bottle. Dark amber body with a medium bubbly head. Lots of dark fruits and spices in aroma with cherry notes that makes it a bit sour. Body is medium and carbonation is explosive. Flavour is full of ripe fruit like raisins and prunes but also the typical belgian spicy notes. The alcohol is also present. Long fruity alcoholic finnish. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Pours a deep red with a small beige head with god retention. Aroma of alcohol, dark fruits, cloves. Taste is very sweet with black cherries, raisins, and toffee. Some warming in the finish. Medium to thick-bodied.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours mahogany with definite red tints. Aroma of alcohol, spice, clove, dark fruit, and vinous qualities. Flavor is quite sweet, but still dry and not cloying whatsoever. Lots of fruit, cane sugar, and alcohol once more. Solid palate, quite a decent ABT. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours dark reddish brown with minimal head. Nose is a nice clove yeast with great dark fruit content. Flavor is sweet and surprisingly well balanced. Lots of sweetness with a semi-dry, somewhat of an alcohol tinge. Palate is rich and smooth. Nice brew, and great representation of the style. Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2008
Cloudy deep brown with an enormous head. Yeasty with hints of cabernet sauvignon, honey, small batch bourbon, salt and fresh malt. Starts mild, with smooth flowers, then mid palate erupts with dominating honey, toffee, and yeast. Chewy indeed. Fades with a slight burn and after notes of butter. Highly carbonated. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle, pours deep mahogany with a tall rocky beige head that laces the glass well. Aroma is dark and spicy. Some dark candi sugar, faint raisin, and cinnamon meet nutmeg spice. Flavors greet the tongue with moderate to heavy carbonation, starts slightly sweet and turns bitter and spicy with the spicy finishing with a lingering heat in the mouth. The alcohol is more detectable as it warms slightly, but is not a major factor. Overall, I am happy with this, I drank it on a cold winter night, right before bed, and it hit the spot. Straling (363) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2008
Pours a dark brown/red colour, about like coke, with a good size head that goes down almost right away and loads of carbonation.
Smell is rather vague.
Has the complex aroma of raisins, spices and several fruits, but its very hard to detect.
Taste is much more present and pleasant. Also has a good balance of fruits, raisins and spices.
Goes down very warm, but no alcohol in the taste.