beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
I have stored this bottle about a year. Pours a red-hued light brown color, with some haze, and a decent head that lasts to the end. Aroma is dark fruits, with some malt and some wood characteristics. Also hints of yeastiness in the nose. Flavor is more dark fruits, some yeastiness and chocolate malt. Hops are apparent, but very subdued. Very well balanced beer in style. Alcohol comes through, but softly. Body is suitably medium to full, with a creamy carbonation. Aftertaste is lingering dark malt and fruit. Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2013
P: Hazy dark brown tea colored body with a fluffy micro bubble khaki lead. Minimal lacing.
S: Decadent Belgian candy malt, apples, raspberries, blackberries, plums, toasted caramel and spiced rum.
T/M: Sweet, syrupy, aggressive booze up front. Taste follows the decadent nose and finishes with warming cherry NyQuil. Also scorched grain, bitter apple peel, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and faint tart white grapes in a vivacious body.
O: A solid offering from North Coast. Great flavors but I gotta say at first the booze was very heavy. Other than that it was really enjoyable. Cheers! Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
Ganska bra öl. Drack den i början av min finölskariär. Var ganska längesen nu.
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12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy copper-brown with a pretty, frothy yellow-tan head that fizzes out to a thin cover in short order. Clears nicely upon warming. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with lots of molasses, plum, and wood/bourbon. Flavor is brown sugar/dark fruit sweet with some tangy yeast and a dry finish. Smooth, with moderate prickly carbonation. Medium full bodied and warming, with a slight burn. I wouldn’t put this up with the very best Belgian versions, but it is still quite nice and a good sipper. Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2008
pours dark red and clear with a frothy light brown head. Aroma is modratly malty, lightly hoppy and boldly yeasty of bannanna and bubble gum, rasins and cherrys. Flavor starts balanced twords sweet, dark caramel, cansy, dark fruit, rasins. Finishes much the same and dry. Medium bodied, watery and livley
KevinReddirt (197) - Midland, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Sampling this from a 750 ml bottle acquired in Billings, Montana. Pouring into a Trappist glass it delivers an attractive, very dark amber body and a persistent brown-egg colored head. Alluring presentation. Lifting the glass to my nose I find cane sugar, ripe fig and raisin. My first taste does not equal the scent but it is still quite good. Yeast, malt, yellow plum and a hint of red licorice. Great mouthfeel, very full, chewy. I get a slight bitterness finishing. Another commendable domestic effort at a Belgian ale. swillguzzler99 (195) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours light brown with little head. initial fruity taste followed by faintly sweet aftertaste. The alcohol numbs the tongue a wee bit as the taste lingers. A decent brew. beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2008
A strong dark ale, caramel raisins with a big malt backbone ,spicy hops but a harsh finish,needs more monk funk please! GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Nuts, caramel, malt, and brown sugar. That is the appearance, aroma, and flavor. Solidly blended and syrupy with a nice alcohol content. The finish is very smooth and very soft. drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Brother Thelonious. Apparently a purchase of this beer benefits a Jazz organization out in California, good to know. This was a standard fair, American made Belgian style ale. It was darker than I expected but it turned out to be about a strong brown ale. The mouthfeel was sweet and full. Dark brown, almost no head or carbonation but you wouldn’t especially expect a beer like this to have either of those. Nearly 9% ABV and this was a big bottle, it packed a wallop. It wasn’t the easiest beer to drink. The sweetness of the malt and the sweetness of the high alcohol were not as balanced as I would have liked. There is definetly a market for this beer though, it just may not be me. I have seen this beer (and maybe you have too) and have been curious for a while. I am glad I drank one and it is a good beer for me to start out my new journey on. If you like brown ales or porters and are looking for a serious one, or if you are into Belgian style ales (especially dark ales), you should check this out.