Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Poured deep brownish red, with a small head. Nose is dark fruit with hints of chocolate and a touch of caramel. Nice medium body with flavors similar to the nose. A good beer but have had better. donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2008
Okay, I’ll admit it. I bought this because it referenced one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. The fact that it was a Belgian style ale was only an added bonus.
Pours a nice clear dark amber, almost brown with a thin tan head capping the beer off. Leaves a thin lace along the side of the glass as it is drunk.
The scent was faint, smelling of moist soil and hops.
The taste was profoundly more intense than the scent, tasting of caramel, sugars, and malts.
Beautiful mouth-feel, very full and creamy. Well balanced in the mouth and a perfect level of carbonation.
This was a solid belgian style abbey ale, one that I am willing to pick up again in the future.
Serving type: bottle johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Fast dissipating (creamy-ish) off white head. Dark brown ruby in color. The aroma is almonds, sweet, alcohol, raisins/prunes and malts. The taste is sweet and malty with caramel/malty notes. Alcohol burn is evident. The body is a bit watery so the mouth feel isn’t excellent. I enjoyed it overall because it fits my preferences well. The appearance and body were a bit lacking if anything was. WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Really nothing special in this on except for the presence of alcohol through out everything with this beer. Arrogant Bastard and Double bastard beats this hands down. Ester_ (124) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Ruby with a little lace of foam. Aromas of licorice, anise, cinnamon,
cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and malt. Flavors of spices, malt, sweet fruits and roasted malt. Couleur rubis avec un petit col de mousse. Arômes de réglisse, anis, cannelle, cardamome, muscade, gingembre et malt. Saveurs d’épices, de malt, de fruits sucrés, et de malt trorréfié.
StormCoat (123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
I’ve tasted this twice--on draft a couple months ago at San Diego’s Aero Club, and this evening in a 750ml bottle from Bevmo. Either way, it’s lovely. A dark cola color with a moderate head; very little lacing, and a sweet, chocolaty tea scent. Taste and body are very complex and interesting...there are very strong caramel and molasses-like notes at first, but they soon melt into some juicy, fruit notes--specifically orange and citrus flavors. The palate of this beer is also kind of surprising; it feels only medium-bodied at first, but seems to finish with pleasantly syrupy feel that coated the inside of my mouth with citrus flavor. If I recall correctly, this quality seemed a little more pronouced when I tried the beer on draft. Overall, this beer is delicious and interesting, and I’m eager to have it again. jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Aroma is very malty has a soy sauce coffee Carmel scent. Pours a clear reddish brown like Pepsi but with less carnbanation no lacing. Taste is a sweet coffee after taste of soy sauce little sticky overall best Belgian beer to date.
Funkatrocious (119) - - DEC 9, 2013
Pour from bottle. Deep brown in color with substantial light brown head. Smooth inoffensive sweet Belgian. Hides the 9.3% well. Good beer.
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Pours a very dark brown with a smallish off-white head. The aroma is malty and a bit nutty, with some dried fruit mixed in as well. It tastes malty with some caramel and a few other things in the background. Has a smooth finish that lingers for a while.
Very good, but not quite excellent, Belgian strong, definitely recommend. Tommynh (119) - - OCT 15, 2015
Nice Belgian dark, a bit of a fruity taste and seems like a little fizz but not too noticeable, high ABV and a nice little buzz, smallish serving glass but still very nice
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