kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
75cl bottle from Sheps Deli, Tampa, FL. Pours a dark caramel brown with a one finger tan foamy head that settles quickly but laces the glass. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, dark candy sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, slight hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is a burst of flavors from caramel and toffee to sweet malt, spice, and molasses. A complex beer. Some notes of phenol, dark ripe fruit, sugar plums and candy sugar are present as well. Generally medium to full body with a sweet and malty finish. Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Deep reddish brown with a huge tan head that left a thick ring of lace up and down the glass.Smells very light on the nose. Rasins and dates with a light alcohol smell.Thick and slick in the mouth with a great alcohol at the end. Spice and yeast with dark fruit flavors give it a complex flavor.High carbonation and a great alcohol burn make this a great beer for the style.
Cybercat (6139) - Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Pours a beautiful opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled head. The malty and strongly spicy aroma has a firm hint of chocolate. Flavor is rich with a nice balance of hops and malt, as well as an overtone of cloves and a hint of sweetness. Finish is lively and tingly. gam (4078) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2008
Thick frothy head light burgundy colour carbonation is good aroma raisins malt strong plum port wine clove note.Flavour fig plum raisin lovely malt smooth.The dark fruit taste has a touch of bitter with curacao the thyme gives it a smoothness no spoils in this beer.Finish bitter/sweet smooth dry. hallinghansen (3418) - Odense SV, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2008
Brown body with a big light brown head. Flavor is fruity (orange) and spicy.
krysztofar (345) - belleville, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
2007 vintage. 12/13/08. chestnut ruby brown color. the head starts rocky settles into a soft frothy khaki cap. aroma is mild, dark fruits like plums, a touch of orange. smooth and creamy mouth feel. rich but not sticky palate.mandarin oranges and nutty chocolatey flavors spicy hops are soft and light. hust a little estery belgian character. a well balanced pleasure. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Rich brown in color with a controlled brown head and some lacing. Great toffee, caramel, spice and bready aromas from the glass. Aggressive, spiced flavors and bright alcohol. One of the best winter seasonals. Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
A very good Belgian quasi-abbey ale. Indeed there is a lot of berry and other dark fruits present both in aroma and in flavor, along with maple, brown sugar, and some citrus way in the background. The carbonation was a little more than necessary. Overall it’s delicious. Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2008
Dark red-brown colored with little light brown head. Spices and licorice dominate this aroma with some berry sourness, mild alcohol also here. Medium to full bodied. Flavor has also strong licorice with sour berries, mild alcohol also here. Aftertaste lasts with dry yeast and licorice still. Slight disappointment. DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Pours a dark rusty copper with a huge tan head. High carbonation and a great aroma of Belgian yeast, light cocoa and oak, along with some dark fruits and spices. Almost chocolaty sweetness at first that turns into an overripe fruit flavor ending with a slightly hoppy, dry finish. I think the flavor is a little dominated by the finish but overall it’s a very full bodied beer with a lot of good flavor. No taste of the 10% ABV.