Gangstergafje (1412) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2018
19-03-2018; bottle; at home (bought at Plus 's Gravenland, Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands).
The looks of the beer are amazing. The beer looks really tasteful, rich and warming. The beer is very dark. The colour is a beautiful dark ruby red, with a deep ruby glow in the light. The beer is so dark however, that it is almost black. Nice. On top of the beer a nice layer of creamy soft light brown foam is formed. Foam retention is low, and only a minimal drape is left after some seconds. The beer looks clear in bright light.
The smell of the beer is delicious. It is something else. It is filled with aromas of chocolate...those are the first to be noticed. Rich bittersweet chocolate gives a delicious soft and gentle aroma, that is really inviting. The are also slight touches of coffee. The malts give nice sweet aromas, including some hints of caramel. Hops aren't really present in the smell. I mainly smell some delicious malts with additional chocolate. Superbly done, my compliments.
Thet taste of the beer is just as genius. Full, rich, well balanced and different from any other Belgian Strong Ale I know. Belgian beers, in may opinion, tend to be a bit similar...a bit safe and traditional. But this one kicks ass. Besides the strong sweet malts, including some caramel notes, there is a hint of coffee and really loads of bittersweet chocolate with a slight sour and bitter hop note. The slight sour touch, combined with the creamy yeast, results in a perfectly balanced beer. It is heavy in the chocolate, but it isn't overwhelming. Nicely done. I can drink this beer any night...it just doesn't get bored. I don't regularly buy a beer in bulk...but this one made it to my cellar in big numbers. Amazing.
The palate of the beer is also really nice. Full body, creamy smooth texture and medium low carbonation. Combine this with the alcohol warmth, and you have perfection. The finish of the beer is nice. It has loads of bittersweet chocolate, but also that slight sour note form hops and I think yeast. This is again the balancing factor. Alcohol warmth is also present in the finish...it still remains a Belgian Strong Ale of course, so a decent amount of alcohol is part of the deal. All in all, a superb beer. Probably one of the best Belgian Strong Ales I've ever had... But, it is a strong one...not only in alcohol, but also in flavour and intensity. Drink it slowly, maybe even share it. Because drinking to much to quick can be a bit overwhelming, which is a waste of such a great brew. Proost. robforbes (2293) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2018
Pours a clear dark brown with a very small off white head and excellent lacing.
Smell is of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is creamy, cocoa, vanilla, nuts, some toffee, and a little coffee in the back. Ends a little bitter with some dark fruits. Derbeth (1192) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 10, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2018 On tap. Black colour, small head, fair lacing. Aroma is lots of cocoa, like chocolate ice cream, chocolate praline with alcohol. Light sweetness. Lively carbonation. Good! ozorgnax (19) - Paros, GREECE - MAR 7, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2018 330ml bottle at 100 piv, Bratislava. Strong aroma of chocolate and some coffee, pours jet black with beige head, taste is chocolatey, sweet with low IBUs. Very impressive! klukas (399) - Rijeka, CROATIA - MAR 6, 2018
Enjoyed: Poured from a bottle into trappist glass.
Appearance: Black colour, small head.
Aroma: Chocolate, hint of vanilla, alcohol.
Palate: Medium body, light carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, alcohol, caramel; chocolate and gentle clove aftertaste.
Overall impression: Interesting and tasty, but not for every day or in larger quantities. It tastes like chocolate pralines with alcohol whose I’m not fan.
gam (4193) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2018
Small head medium strong carbonation deep brown pour aromas chocolate vanilla coffee roast malt cocoa nut note now nice cream touch lactose the flavours rich cream lactose cocoa coffee lots of good chocolate rich malts caramel rich fruit note licorice touch good body sweetness bitter sweet the taste for me ansalon (4327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2018
Pours a very dark brown with a medium foamy off white head. Aromas of chocolate, lactose, hazelnuts, caramel, fudge. Taste is chocolatey and roasted with vanilla and caramel notes and some slight artificial flavorings. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. tommann (4125) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2018
330ml bottle. Pours black with a small head. Aroma is milk chocolate and roast coffee. Taste has milk chocolate to start, yeasty farmhouse finish and a milk chocolate aftertaste. williamstome (2102) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2018 Brown pour, small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, marshmallow, raspberry, cocoa. Taste follows. Tasty but not super quaddy. DocJitsu (2098) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2018
Pours a muddy dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Marshmallow, circus peanut, custard, and Belgian yeast spice on the nose. Flavors are the same. Some chocolate after the finish. Nothing extraordinary.