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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink

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DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
750 mL bottle purchased at Pole Line Nugget in Davis, CA. Best by 4/15/11. Aroma has some solvent-like cleanser properties. A bit minty with some raisins, too. Kind of sweet with some cidery acetaldehyde as well. Not so good. Moderately hazy amber body with a smallish off-white head. Starts sweet with some brown sugary notes. Becomes a little vinous with some roastiness in the middle. Finishes with some raisin notes. A little molasses is in there, too. If this is actually 12% ABV, then it is hidden well. Not bad, but the aroma is a bit off-putting.

3.9
AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2009
0.75l - Random buy. Licorice and smoke followed by spice. For some reason didn’t expect it to be quadrupel dark. Good times.

4.4
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pours dark brown with a mostly reeding wispy tan head. Tastes of brown sugar, rum, banana, and bubble gum. Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly alcoholic with lush carbonation.

2.8
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Reviewed 12/15/2008 (bottle dated 25.10.10): Pours a very dark reddish brown color body. Small off-white head head, quickly diminishing. Funky smell, sour. Dark fruits.. Creamy mouthfeel, some fizziness. Dark fruit taste Some dark chocolate/coffee taste. Some alcohol warmness.

4
bhensonb (15967) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle, c&c. BBE 15.10.09 Dark ruby color with a frothy tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, darkish malt and maybe some hop florality. Medium plus body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is prune, date, candi and dark malt. No impact of heat. Seems a bit dusty. Finishes dry and slightly astringent. Very nice sipper.

3.6
Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Great ruby look. Fruity aroma, usual Belgian flavours but not as complex or full-on as the classic 12s.

3.3
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Dark amber with a nominal head. Aroma is semi sweet with candy sugar malt and dried dark fruit. I love it when a beer tastes pretty close to the aroma. Toss in a tad of leather and tobacco and there ya go. $3.99 for a 330 ml.

3.8
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Courtesy of keifdog. Pours amber with thin tan head. The aroma is dusty dark fruity esters of prunes, dates and nearing but not getting to a raisin quality. I also get some faint yeasty spice. The taste is very much the same with pleasing dark fruitiness moving into raisins then prunes, dates and figs then becoming brown sugar like with a hint of Belgian candi. The alcohol is there but not distracting at all. Nice stuff.

3.7
Bontus (807) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2008
33cl bottle. Appears dark brown with a small beige brown head. Aroma’s of sugars, and burnt fruits, earthy and roasted. A bit of yeast in the mouthfeel also a bit of alcohol. Bitter on the swallow and balanced well in the aftertaste. Not really complex in aroma’s and 12% is a lot.

4
sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2008
courtesy of keifdog. Pours dark amber, beige head. Aroma of nice dark fruits. Taste, yeasty, dark fruits, some nice candi sugar and spices. Overall taste is very close to a nice strong christmas ale.


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