RATINGS: 2213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

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BVery (11541) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 Bottle. Red brown pour. Monster fluffy head. Aroma and taste of dark fruit and caramel. Creamy. Great beer.

hopscotch (11526) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
This beer rocks. The commercial description is sufficient. I won't repeat it. If you like Belgian beer, you'll enjoy this hearty brew. It's not Westy Extra 8, but it's damn good. Hey, next time you're at the Baseball Hall of Fame, stop by the brewery have 'em draw one for you.

onceblind (11492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2013
Semi hazy/semi-clear ruby, roughly the same color as the beer’s label, under a pillowy off-white head. Fruity aroma of pear and plum, with a touch dusty caramel and honey. Flavor is fruity and semi-sweet until an appropriate dry finish. Starts with a touch of cherries and raisins, then a bit of belgian yeast dust comes in, with a bit of toffee and a little honey and a wee touch of licorice, then a quiet, slightly fruity dryness that rounds out the swallow.

faroeviking (11483) - Nadando en el mar de las chellas, FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a haze red-brown colour with a nice big beige head leaving a good lacing. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, caramel and some spice. Great mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet with well toasted malt, dried raisins and prunes, spices, toasted malt, bitter hops and yeast. Tasty brew indeed!

jercraigs (11281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 12. oz bottle. Dark brown with ruby tinges around the edges. Good size tan head. Slightly vinuous alcoholic notes in the aroma overlay the malt. First impression was of sweet malty molasses which fades into the background somewhat as the full boidies alcohol asserts itself. Interesting finish and aftertaste with some lingering dark fruits. Palate is quite nice. Good beer well deserving of the re-rate.

gnoff (11277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 First rating
(75 cl bottle from Systembolaget)
On May 24, 2008
Dark red color, tan head. Sweet licorice scent, also toffee and phenoles. Phenolci sweet taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Second rating
(Bottle at Café 3 Små Rum)
On June 13, 2008
Clear copper color, tan head. Sweet, spicy, lactic and alcohol scent. Sweet, spicy, phenolic and yeasty taste. Sweet licorice aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Fin (11259) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2006
Bottle in the bar of the Back Bay Hilton Boston where we stopped Dec 05 there is a fantastic range of bottled beers in this hotel bar. This really was a superb beer dark deep reddy/brown colour med’ head loads of fruit and caramel and toffee tastes mmhhh smashing stuff this, wonderful.

DocLock (11256) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Had at HBF from bottle. Poured burgundy, with a big head. Aroma of malt, fruit, yeast, spice, and peat. Tastes very complex with hints of all the aromas above. Nicely balanced, with well hidden alcohol.

tderoeck (11096) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2011
17/09/2011 12 Fl. Oz. bottle @ Ginger Man NYC (2011-450)

Little cloudy purple to dark brown beer, yellow to beige creamy head, very stable, fairly adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, mocha, milk chocolate, dried fruits, cherries, coffee, bit of tobacco. MF: a bit too much carbon, medium body. Taste: fruity and a bit tart in the beginning, ripe cherries, grapefruit, some alcohol, dried fruits, dried orange peel, spices (liquorice and a dash of cloves), hop bitters with some citrus. Aftertaste: carbon sour, some hop bitters with citrus, peppery.

phaleslu (11064) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2011
750 ml bottle from Trader Joe’s. 2010 vintage. Pours a clear, rich amber color that is more gold on the edges and brown in the middle with a massive, rocky off-white head. Aroma of mixed fruits (plums, apricots, raisins), caramel malts, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and licorice. Flavor of caramel malts, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, more fruits, chocolate, and licorice. Medium-bodied, with abundant but soft carbonation and a fruity, malty mouthfeel. Really nice dubbel, and can’t believe I haven’t had this before.

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