Psykling (17) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2008
The way in which the alcohol, sugar, and malts combine in this - admitted, somewhat overwhemling and vulgar - fluid is absolutely fabulous! Dark rye bread, almost german pumpernickel, raisins, prunes, hints of licorice, port, and brandy – all put together in a black Belgian brew; I’m satisfied! It may be on the strong side – but the alcohol is the factor which binds it all together. One of my all-time favorites, and will be for a long time. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Pours a deep maroon color with a medium, well-retained off white head. Smells of sweet fruits, caramel malts, and yeast mostly. The flavor was much of the same. Very fruity in its taste, molasses, figs, and grapes seem to stand out the most to me. The alcohol was seemingly masked brilliantly, as there wasnt much of a hint of the 10.5% that this brew consists of. Just a nice, well done Belgian. blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Draft. Pours brown with an off white head. Caramel, toffee and bread in the aroma. Medium body. Flavor is caramel/toffee, raisin, bread and just a hint of hops. Very nice, very drinkable. NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2008
750. Pours a very murky brown with a tall foamy head. The aroma is spiced with bready malts and suggestions of clove, figs, toffee, caramel. The sweetness here is remarkably like actual caramel with light fruity esters to keep it interesting. The finish is juicy and the more I drink, the more I taste cherries. The 10.5% alcohol is hidden entirely. Rather enjoyable. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2008
V- ruby red color that’s impenetrable. Poured with a huge head but settled quick enough.
A- bananas and fruit spices with some yeast.
T- reinforces the bananas and spices with a bit more snap to it as the alcohol
P- Nice balance
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a white painted 330ml or 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. It is a dark hazy liquid that is dark brown in color with an abundance of small bubbles that form a thick head. The head is light tan in color and has great retention time. The aroma has a sweet and fruity character with yeast and a definite alcohol presence. Up front I get a light sting of tart fruit, sour cherry and yeast that quickly turns sweet and malty. More dark sweet fruits come out now like figs, raison and prune mixed with Belgian candy sugar. The alcohol starts to add some warmth and some herbal hops are detected as it heads to the finish were it turns fairly dry. It is well carbonated yet smooth and full bodied. This is an excellent Belgian Strong Dark Ale with all the complexity and strength that I love in Belgian ales.
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Dark brown pour, thin white head. The flavors are rich and intense and very well balanced. A caramel sweetness with a bit of candied sugar and malt with a spicy yeast finish. Strong, rich, and smooth--pour another! renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2008
hey, never thought i feed 10,5% strong belgian Ale to someone for breakfast. but it seems to work for heartbroken lithuanians, with a stinking hangover...
nice velvety, musky chestnut aroma. pitch black, no head. sweetest treacle in taste, and a f**k load of alcohol. but hey that was the reason i picked it this morning in the first place :-) mjs (7357) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 (Re-rate, draught at Belge, Helsinki, 20111017) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, aniseed, chocolate and fruity yeast. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, aniseed, sweetness, chocolate, hops, caramell and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, sweet and bitter. A bit too boozy and sweet but otherwise nice and pleasant.
(Bottle at Cambrinus on 2008-05-19, rated from memory) Dark brown with some hints of red. Small white head. Sweetish nose. Malts in taste. Alcohol can be felt. soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sexy bottle, pours a black color in dim light with a off white head, nice looking beer. Slight alcohol aroma that almost smells like red wine. This beer is very smooth, alcohol noticeable towards the end. Sweet flavor that tastes slightly like red wine and brown sugar but is nicely carbonated to remind you of its beerness.