paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2005
Poured a dark amber color, with a nice thick head. Aroma was spices, fruit and caramel. Had a thick, smmothflavor that was very true to the aroma. Very enjoyable beer. Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2005
Deep rich burgundy color, some notes of cherries or currants noticed as well. Quite frothy at first with subtle alcohol detection, rich semi-sweet complexity that became better as the ale warmed. darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2005
Excellent Belgian. Dark red appearance, sweet odors, rich tastes of caramel, chocolate, and slight fruitiness. Smooth finish, sure didn’t notice the alcohol. Good stuff. ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
A very fruity beer, a complex taste. It poured nicely from the bottle, with a large head. The friut is evident in the aroma. It may be a great example of the style, but I just don’t care for it. It’s acidic, and very sweet, with a touch of chocolate on the finish. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Poured dark dark red, almost black with a good head and awesome lacing.
Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, caramel.
Flavor is ripe fruit and chocolate, yeast and alcohol on the finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 28, 2005
caramel and fruit aroma. dark brown with brown head. many fruits with a burnt toffee flavor. mild alcohol in the finish. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 WHOA!! Great fruity aroma and prickly mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate and cherries appear as it reaches room temp. Apples, pears, cherries, bananas are all present in the body. Complex and smooth, no alcohol present at all. Very nice. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown and hazy with fluffy tan head. Aroma is fruity caramel malt. Flavor is of dark fruit, banana, and a little chocolate. Very good stuff, very good price. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 I went on a tour of the Ommegang brewery a few years back and was pleasantly surprised to see a Belgian strong ale made in Upstate NY of all places. I dig the corks. Down the road, they had it on tap. It has a nice fruity taste which blends well with its alcohol percentage but its not necesarily memorable given its competitors. It does what it wants to do and does not strive higher. Personally, I enjoy their Three Philosophers beer better because they mix this with Kriek.
Rerate: I’ll stick with the previous score: there is a bit of a clovey coriander flavor standing out which diminishes the sweet fruit tones despite a nice malty backbone. I say lessen the spices and this would be top dog. Has this occurred since Duvel took over? Tejas (1009) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Powerful yeasty aroma. Big malt flavor. Alcohol is present but not in an overpowering way that messes with the flavors. Reminds me of Maredsous 8 in a way. Fruit - maybe prunes? A good full bodied rich beer that is a malt lovers dream. I’d prefer some hop flavor but that’s just me.