markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured from a 750ml bomber into a snifter, Ltd. Ed. 2005 vintage
A: pours a beautiful, murky brown with a lovely light brown head, lasts a good little bit and laces mildly. This looks like I want to pour it over some vanilla ice cream.
S: Yum, a solid mixture of a flowery and roasted molasses smell wafts out of the glass. Additional inhales detect some nice citrus flavorings hidden in there.
T: My lord, I’m not sure if I’ve experienced such complex flavorings right out of the gate before. Describing this as simply malted sweetness would be not doing the brewer justice. It’s more of a wide array of darker fruits like raisins, the slight tartness of green apples and a delicious lingering butterscotch finish.
M: definitely featuring some fizzy carbonation and a velvety smoothness that gives way to a slight alcohol feel on the swallow.
D: for a 10% ABV strong ale, this is remarkably drinkable, I took my sweet time with it and enjoyed over the course of 60-90 minutes. I’d definitely buy this beer again.
ekstedt (6668) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Draught at Bishops Arms, Avenyn, Göteborg, Sweden. Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head. Very sweet and complex malty aroma, with dried fruits, chocolate, and some spiciness, alcohol is clearly present but not assertive. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a bit to sweet although there is a typical belgian dry edge.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep amber color. Murky. Light tan bubbly head. Nice spice, malt, earth and sweetness in the aroma. Taste is of orange, spice, hard candy, malts and light hops. Creamy and sweet, but light and carbonated. Finish is dry off the bat, but the lingering on the palate is creamy and sweet on the tongue. That earthy aroma I was talking about earlier must be the thyme. Glad it didn’t overtake the beer. Very unique, but could only drink it every so often.
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cc bottle. Beautiful mahogany color and a huge, nice head. The aroma has sweetness and spicy notes and the flavour is complex, but I find spice, resin and malt. A special, but nice beer.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JAN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 edition. pour cloudy amber with off white head, the aroma is plume and toffee with a hint of alcohool. medium bodied, the flavor is sweet and malty, finishes dry.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006- Pours dark brownish amber w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Aroma of dark belgian rock candy. Medium nectar w/ mellow residual effers creates a soft creamy texture. Sweet yet refined and balanced. Flavors of dried fruit rollup w/ spices. Cherry, plumb, cocoa, melon, moscato grapes, bubblegum dust, bark, molases, The finish is finely bittered just enough to allow the moderate sweetness to linger. Not cloying. No medicine or cherry caughdrop. Very pleasant. Highly recommended.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown with a thick off-white head. Raisins, grapes, and spice make up the aroma. Light but creamy mouthfeel. Sweet wine, banana, spice, and caramel malt dominate the palate. Orange peel, hops, and alcohol bring up the rear and stay with you. Good balance, good beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber body with off-white head. The aroma is vinous, herbal and floral, but relatively light. The flavor is banana, spice, clove and caramel. Medium/light body with soft/tight carbonatiomn.
miket25 (24) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Based on the ratings here I was very interested in tasting this beer. For me it was way to "sweet" with an aftertaste of plums and raisins that stayed with me long after I was done drinking. The appearance was a nice dark brown with a nice head, and the fragrance was beautiful. I just couldn’t get past the very fruity and sweet aftertaste.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Limited edition 2005; BB 2010. Pours a murky burgandy color with notable effervescents; head is beige, mostly full, and creamy/frothy with a fairly small amount sticking around and leaving nice tight Belgain lace. Nose is great; rich caramel and brown sugar-esque malts with some currant, orange peel, and a little floral with clove and yeast to back. Flavor is similar, rich caramel/chocolate malts, cinnamon, raisins, orange peel, some undefinable spiciness, and the thyme really makes for a earthy/floral flavor coming around towards the end. Palate is full, moderate carbonation, and silky, almost round. Finishes long and sweet initially with raisin and chocolate, but dries out slightly leaving more bitterness with the thyme (earthy/floral) and orange peel note. My favorite Christmas Belgain and up there with some of the other really good Belgians. The spicing is unique and really make the beer enjoyable. Like no other (a Belgain thing, apparently) and certainly something I will revisit when the next Christmas rolls around.