ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Body is a misty deep red, near-black creation with a thin, off-white head. Nose is bread dough, roasted malts, candy sugar, raisins and figs. Taste is similar: lots of nutty, dough-y flavors with some dried fruits. After a while, a certain tartiness enters along with port wine and wood flavors toward the finish. Nicely balanced, this is a beer that grows on you all the way through the bottle. Overall, this is a very solid and tarty quad from a brewery that certainly knows its Belgian-style ales. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2010
This Barrel-Aged Belgian-style Strong Ale lays out raisins, berries, vanilla and bourbon in a dry wooden finish where blackberries are clearly evoked.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam dips into the purplish dark brown.
-The aroma is complex and very alluring, but the flavour profile focuses too much on the wooden barrel for my tastes.
-The surprising dryness in the last half makes the barrel apport feel even more intense.
-The blackberry fruitiness and tannins almost suggest tartness.
-Alcohol heat accompanies the bourbon barrel in the finish.
-Carbonation is rather low, again increasing the intensity of the barrel contribution to the flavour profile.
On tap at the brewery.
Draft @ EBF. Black pour with some tan head. Normal 10 Commandments is decent and drinkable at worst, here is a beer destroyed by a barrel aging, most notes include alcohol, medicinal and chocolate and spice flavors. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
On draft at Lost Abbey small taster. Poured dark black/brown not much head. Aroma was tons of bourbon and some dark dried fruits (prune, raisins, dates). Taste was also tons of bourbon oak and some sour funk to it. Very interesting yet very good. I enjoyed this stuff. Lower to medium carbonation. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
On tap friday night at Lost Abbey post Anniv. party. Dark brown black color with minimal head. Strong barrel flavors with some dark fruits of prune and fig in the background. Medium body and kinda dry finish. Funky.
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Draft at Lost Abbey Anniversary party. Pours a dark dark murky prune colored brown, no head. Ugly beer. Dark fruit, raisin, plum, strong bourbon character, sweet malt, and oak. In my opinion the flavors do not taste good together. This one doesn’t work for me. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a deeper brown with golden amber notes. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, nuts, Blegian yeast notes, nice bourbon and vanilla notes. Flavor of light bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, nuts and Belgian Candi sugar. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
From Tap Lost Abbey/Port brewery.Looks black,no head,surprisingly smooth for how much i can taste the bourbon.The Bourbon over powers all the other flavors for me. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
On tap at Lost Abbey’s 4th Anniversary party. Huge, huge barrel aroma. Black, thick body. Lowish carbonation. Flavor leans dry, maybe a hint of fruit. A hint of acidity, a small illusion of fruitiness from the body and fig notes. Very small hint of oxidation, possibly muting the flavors a bit. Interesting. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
A Sim rate (Extreme Beer Festival): So rich & alcoholic in the aroma with a delightful plum hit. Pitch black and amazing in appearance. Wow, the flavour is like a rich Rioja. Creamy, plum and raisin with an almost chocolate finish. So creamy & smooth in the mouthfeel. Wow.