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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle:   2011 Vintage, 12oz.   Deep dirty caramel, thin to moderate sudsy sandy colored head, spotty lacing.   The aroma reminds me of a really rich dark pitted fruit, candied in that chocolate covered cherry sort of way.   Also has a slight Creme de Mint aspect.   Very unique aroma, yet I have smelled it before but cannot immediately place it.   It also has a somewhat aged banana/clove aspect, like a really rich German Wheat beer spiked witih cloved, aged for a few years.   Anyways, the aroma on this just keeps the nose guessing, in a good way.   Rich dark pitted fruit on the tongue, clove, banana and bubble gum (oddly enough, like a wheat beer).   Perhaps what I am getting is Kaffir Lime Leaf... at least it reminds me a bit of one of those Stone Epic beers that used tons of it.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes very spicy, with much of the aformentioned bits and pieces.   While not outstanding, in the traditional sense, it was whacky enough that I thought it above many others.   An interesting take on a Belgian Strong Ale.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2011 bottle, thanks to mikem409, amber orange pour with no head, aroma is grassy mint, flavors of thin mints, herbal, black currant jelly

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6151) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
(12oz bottle thanks to blutt59) cloudy amber, few edge bubbles. Nose of cereal grain, briny, sweet malt, mossy. Taste of moss,cellar floor, caramel, watery, cereal grain, thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle (thanks to LtDan, I think). Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a medium sized white head. Aromas are huge on alcohol, spicy, bourbon, ginger, brown sugar, sage, vinous, herbal, possibly lightly sour. Flavors are tart, currant, spicy, ginger, sage, vinous. Medium carbonation, damn warming and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2011 bottle. I had one a year ago and I think this has improved a bit. Pours a clear dark amber color with very little head. Aroma is prunes, candi sugar, belgian yeast, leather, cola, banana, and some spices (maybe allspice?). Taste is a pretty nice balance of the aromas. The prunes, cola, and belgian yeast stand out the most for me. Finish is fruity mostly, prunes, raisins and other dark fruit. Alcohol not detectable. Full body and sticky mouthfeel. A little syrupy too. Overall its a pretty good Belgian strong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5309) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2011 winter solstice bottling. Pours lightly cloudy dark red color with a small 1 finger off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin film cap. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, pepper, anise, clove, allspice, cinnamon, banana, leather, earth, and yeast spiciness. Very nice, interesting, and complex aromas with good balance. Was not sure what to expect when I opened the bottled, didnt know this was a spiced Belgian. Taste of huge tart raisin, prune, molasses, toast, caramel, chocolate, banana, clove, pepper, earth, leather, cinnamon, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, clove, leather, earth, chocolate, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors, with big intensity on the palate; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian Strong dark ale! Very intense with big complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3588) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
2011 bottle from a trade with Unclerudy. Pours dark amber color with tan head. Aromas of raisins, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and some spices. Sweet dark fruit flavor with molasses, yeast and pumpkin pie spices. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Thanks Mike.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
19th November 2010
Cloudy brown beer, little tan head. Light dry palate. Sweet malt, somewhat Belgian Tripel like. Sweet coca cola with nuts and pepper. Dry finish. Nice take on the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pour out of 11.2 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of big basil, coriander, slight cilantro, minty herbal notes, slight biscuit. Taste is nice pepper, citrus, hints of lemon, herbal notes, touch of nice citrus and fruit, some vanilla and cracker, finishing fairly sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Big thanks, dude! JetsonFest II. Cloudy, orangish brown appearance with a light brown head. Quite spicy, dark fruity, fairly citrusy, caramel, tangy, leafy green, spicy aroma. Tangy, orange fruity, quite spicy, orange peel, herbal, fairly fruity/citrusy flavor. This one was quite fun to drink.


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