arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, bottle opened with a loud pop, lots of carbonation. Dark reddish black pour with nice fluffy and large tan head, aroma brought notes of vanilla, dark fruits, plums, chilis, hints of cinnamon, ginger, touch of raisin, slight earthy notes. Taste is a nice mix of sweet vanilla, caramel, bready, like bread pudding almost with a creamy note, nice cinnamon, slight chili, ginger, hints of earth, grain, finishing fairly sweet, but dries out, carbonated well, finishing with some more dark fruits and sweet raisin. This is well done and very well balanced. gyllenbock (9711) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2013
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget, March 2013.
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of fruit, raisin, malt and some cinnamon. The taste was quite complex with spices, malt, dark fruit, chocolate, yeast, soap and some warming alcohol. Quite creamy mouth feel and with a long aftertaste. A good beer.
gunnar (9438) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear dark brown with a small creamy beige head. Aroma is malty, caramel and chocolate,some spices as well. Taste is light sweet malty, nice bitter, fruity and spicy, some chilli at the end. Delicious.
bytemesis (8989) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Tap. Pours deep reddish chestnut, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is yeast, dried dark fruit, malty, molasses. Flavor is very spiced, cinnamon, chili pepper, medium sweet, zesty bitter. Medium body, pretty hot. Too spiced for my tastes. Cuso (8933) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle from bierkompass.de. Dark red brown color with huge creamy head. Aroma of plums, syrup, dark berries, cinnamon. Taste, sweet dark malt, ripe plums and berries, cinnamon, dark chocolate, molasses, alcohol. Sweet fruity finish. Tasty, little bit sweet for me, tough.
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Tap pours with a dark mahogany body and is supporting a light colored mocha head of foam. The aroma is initially loads blueberry, boysenberry and ripe juicy dark colored grapes. Then it becomes more spicy with coriander and a dash of cinnamon and then a nice sense of chocolate. The taste is full and rich with coriander like spices and then a black pepper sense as sweetness starts to fill in around the edges with a sweet mix of prunes, figs and chocolate. Tasty stuff. kraddel (8741) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2013
bottle at home , from hopduvel ghent .
quite some force behind the corck !
pours brown, white fluffy foam .
hmmm... that earthy, sweet, leaves, .. smell .. magnificent !
much, but soft carbo . enters very sweet . earthy . quite good ! also got a dusty cahracter to it ( yet not old’ ... a twist , sort of say ... Svesse (8731) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
(Bottle) Dark brown colour with big, but brief, foamy beige head. Malty, spicy nose with dark fruit, coffee, liquorice, caramel, dark chocolate, orange peel and spices (dried chilli, cinnamon). Malty, spicy taste with notes of caramel, liquorice, black coffee, chocolate, orange peel, spices (chilli, cinnamon, star anise, ginger), burnt sugar and a balanced spicy bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a touch of sweetness. Quite powerful and complex, with lots of coffee, chocolate and spices. Nice one. nimbleprop (8723) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Sampled at EBF. Pours a watery, translucent mahogany, one ring of white head. Nutty, chocolate aroma, raisins, dates, candy sugar. Flavor is candy sugar, date, prune, light spice, ancho chile, Szechuan peppercorns. Full, slightly spicy finish. The_Osprey (8670) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle - drink after 21/12/12. Very dark - almost black with a slight red tinge. Big foamy beige head endures, thick lacing. Smell - yeast and milky instant coffee. Body is medium to light and very foamy. Typical of Belgian style beers but really not my type of thing. Taste - malts, spice, sweetened milky coffee or chicory, dank cave (if that counts as a flavour) alcohol comes through noticeably but not as much as it could at 10.5%, tamarind is there as advertised. True to the style and decent enough.