NiklasT (103) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2017 DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, listed at 9.4% abv. Sweet smell with some maple and molasses to it. Rich brown color with a clingy thin head. Taste is pretty sweet, but not cloying. Has rich complex backing of molasses, and sweet pipe tobacco I used to get my dad on Father’s Day. Feels like some oak here, but nothing in here says this has been in a barrel. Just part of the complexity. No noticeable bitterness. Bits of sherry and bourbon, some dark fruit, round out the complex character here. Holds up well when aged for 4 years!
Dark ruby red, with thin beige head. Aroma rich, dark dried fruit dominates. Taste has dark cherries, plums and some raisins. A slight yeastiness also comes through and it all ends in a well balance bitter sweetness. Very nice! 77ships (11036) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2017
[Malmö 2017] Draft sample @ The Bishops Arms Savoy. Dark near clear amber, solid mocha head. Nose is BE figs, cloying with dark soap, cloves, bit thin. Tastes of soap, almost fish guts yeast, NL BE dark fruit profile, sugar,… Too soap, cloying a bit but not thick bodied. Body is touch thin, don’t really get the high score but also not really my thing. voyageurmike (510) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Poured into tulip glass from a bomber. Beautiful dark ruby red, full bodied. Dark fruit aroma, taste is more fig and caramel than raisin. Bittersweet finish is mighty fine. nihtila (3912) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods. Dark amber brown. Nose is dark fruits, toffee, wood, red fruits. Tastes toasted caramel, burnt sugar, red and dried fruits. Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2017
on tap dark copper pour off white head aroma and taste is spice and earthy kind of a vegetable finish
higgsbison (266) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Perfectly balanced. Rich, robust and sweet. The Belgian yeast, the hops and the malts are in perfect harmony. Unbelievably delicious beer A great Belgian style Abbey ale, the best I've tried yet and it is brewed in California. Hell it's flat out one of the best beers I've ever had.
Second tasting. Still quite enjoyed it but was not blown away by it like the first time. Strong alcohol flavor with notes of plum, prune, banana and raisins. Mellows and improves as it warms. In my opinion the strong alcohol flavor is a bit overpowering and out of balance with the other notes. No longer my favorite Belgium, As I have had almost two dozen new Belgiums since trying this for the first time, but it stands it's own against many of them
Third tasting: a very fine beer but you must really let it warm up before it comes into its own
Fourth tasting, my birthday 2017, yum
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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. dorain (647) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2017
Vom Fass auf den Berliner Braufest 2016-09 getrunken. Noch ein Bier im belgischen Stil. Nicht schlecht, aber für so was brauch ich nicht "bis in die USA zu reisen". Viele Belgier können das besser. Aber das hier ist immer noch ein gutes Bier, aber leider nichts besonderes. Jimtasticness (1) - - AUG 17, 2017 does not count
Wonderful beer! If you like abbey styles, you'll love it! Goes down smooth and tastes like heaven!
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25.4floz (750ml) bottle bought about a year ago (freshness/vintage not found), tulip glass used. Seems to appear murky because of the muddy brown-red color, which is topped off with a glistening retentive light-brown head. Date aroma, and flavor invokes much the same over a full, sweet palate. A well crafted ale in the Belgian strong brown/Abbey vein.