Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2006
Pours extremely dark with deep orange when held to light. Huge grey head that’s very active and continues to foam up after pouring. The aroma is mostly alcoholic, yeasty and quite spicy. To taste this is quite sweet but also a touch thin? alcohol burn, musty character and a touch metallic. Overall this is easy drinking, powerful and strong, interesting but not outstanding. janubio (852) - SPAIN - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 75 cl. bottle. Dark color with a creamy some brownish head that lingers for a good while. Aroma of chocolate, dried plums and spices. Body lighter than I expected. Taste of chocolate, champagne mouthfeel, Jerez wine, some honey. After a while it leaves a brandy feeling. Not the best of the Malheur, imo. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Sampled at Mondial 2006. A dark brown color with some amber. The head is khaki. The aroma had apples with some cherries. There was also some alcoholic brnady type character. The taste is alsocoholic with brandy, pears and some smooth cinnamon spice in teh finish. The body was well put together. Tried this agian recently thanks to general_gao. I didn’t like it as much as it was fairly simplistic with pancakes and walnuts. I averaged my two ratings. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Pepsi-like color with a Pepsi-like head. Vinous, dried dark fruits (raisins, blueberries), earthy. Soft carbonation. Heavy and filling. Surprisingly little initial alcohol feeling for such a high abv and this makes you wanna go for big sips. But that’s a ruse, the 12% really shows up in the finish for a warming alcohol feeling along with the regret of not taking smaller sips. Belgian Strong with a barley wine attitude. Loved it. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Sampled at the mondial 06, dark brown color, with a frothy beige head, leaving nice laces, soft chocolate and caramelized malts, chocolatey praline accent, hint of vanilla, with fruity notes of plums, raisins, dates, and molasses in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet caramelized malt character, with raisins, plums fruitiness, chocolatey accent, a warming accent, hint of spiciness, brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg leading towards a cacao powder-chocolate milkshake, and a warming alcoholic finish.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle, 2003 and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a muddy brown with ruby hued highlight around the edge, topped by an initial huge frothy beige head and good lace. The aroma has notes of rich plum, fig, elderberry, anise, cardamom, coriander, bitter bakers chocolate, roasted malt, woody esters and some alcoholic vapors. mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 28, 2006
The taste is shocking sweet and fruity at first before a dash of spice and even a bit of barnyard funk cleans up the palate. The alcohol luckily is not as strong as first noted on the nose. The finish is bittersweet and roasty, more like a truffle than a candy bar. Additionally, I discovered some smoked walnut like component which was neato. The mouth feel is rich and warming but does display a touch of chalky finish which kept it from being a 5.
I so want to give this a higher overall rating because the experience was very enjoyable, but alas it did not blow my mind like others in the genre of Dark Belgian Ales.
Bottled (Reserva 2003). Dark brown in colour. Rich beige head lacings. The aroma is fruity with caramel and chocolate. The flavour is A taste of an alcoholic sensation strikes thru Malt and caramel in the flavour as well. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 28, 2006
Bottled. Hazy brown colour, big brownish head. Huge apple, alcohol and dark chocolate. Flavour has caramel, dark chocolate, alcohol and dried fruits. Very pleasasant mix and wellbalanced flavour. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
Brown with a big, tan head, Aroma is both milky and chocolate. There are some dried fruits of plum, chocolate before they strangely go away as it warms. Heady brew fo sure. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006. Bottle. Lambic sourness in the nose; unique aroma. After corking, it wouldn’t stop overflowing foam. Excellent lace. Sediment. Dark brown, yellow on edges. Flavor isn’t sour. Saffron or allspice. Really nice; reminds me of the Family Farm in Woodside, CA.