gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2008
i really like this belgian strong dark. nice rusted orange color with a generous head. airy mouthfeel that is delicately robust. good notes of nuts and molasses.
on tap at the map room, chicago, il. ShawnMalloy (131) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2007
You can sense the quality by its strong, almost cherry influenced aroma. It pours a smooth reddish brown color. The taste is what you’d expect from your average Belgian strong. The aftertaste is long and pleasing. steeleliver (131) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Very delicious Belgian imitator, with lots of alcohol but well masked. Flavor is Belgian yeast with a bit of spice and nuts. Pour is brown with a tinge of red. Excellent smooth palate, well blended and consistent. TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2013
Estilo belga feito pela escola americana, muito boa, degustada na reunião da Confrabacon EmRibeirão Preto (SP), Brazil. CraftyHare (131) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2016
355ml bottle pours dark amber with slow forming tan head. Amazing hoppy aromas of dried fruit and bread. Tastes of dried apricot, peach, orange peel, brown sugar and yeast. The 9.4% alcohol is present but cleverly masked by the fruit and sweetness. Finish is nutty and with strong fruit characters. Amazing and unique Belgian-style strong ale. Love the branding and philosophy.
Tommynh (130) - - 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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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 Ester_ (126) - 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. rgfellow (126) - - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber with minimal lace. Aroma is harsh alcohol. Carbonation is spot on. Bitter, nutty taste. Decent beer.