superspak (5113) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/23/2016. Pours murky very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, pepper, clove, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roast malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, pepper, clove, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Slight tangy yeast tartness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pepper, clove, banana, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/cocoa, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Nearly perfectly balanced between yeast and malt flavors; with very impressive complexity from both sides. A really enjoyable offering.
Nejhleader (1508) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
has a dark fruit belgium yeast aroma. Taste is an odd tangy malt and dark fruit combo.
sinfull (1552) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark , brown color. Big , tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, burnt sugar. Roasted bitterness in taste . Flavor of roasted malt , spices and hint of yeasts.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This kind of lacks the distinct Ommegang flavor you associate with most of their beers, but its richness is nice and reminiscent of a barleywine, but without the high ABV punch. The figs and raisins are present as promised, but not very strong. The beer itself is richer than the individual parts, and it’s a fun time.
hershiser2 (2590) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2017
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown. Pours deep hazy brown with a giant tan head. Roasted nuts, chocolate, some hints of fruitiness in the nose. Flavor is tangy up front, followed by raisin, lots of raisin in fact, caramel, chocolates, I guess that’s figs, gum, burnt sugar. Kinda earthy, a little sweet. Hmmm... I may be back to add or subtract points as this warms.
kassner (1605) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well the carbonic acid is little high but overall this is a nice example of style. Cola color and nice lacing. Just a tad thin and of course sweet
DocLock (10260) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy brownish pour with tan head. Nose was dark malt, fig, raisin, chocolate. Tasted malty, somewhat sweet, with heavy fig and pruney flavors, some charred molasses. This one tasted "over-charred" to me, to the point that my enjoyment of it went substantially tits-up.
MaBeer1972 (1918) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Julio’s. Poured into an Ommegang glass. A very dark purplish-black color with a thick lacy light tan head. Very rich aromas and flavors with notes of fig and raisin. Very earthy. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Very chewy. Quite tasty and enjoyable.
GC1379 (30) - - JAN 25, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a stemmed Ommegang glass - tan head consistent with bottle conditioned ale - deep dark delicious color - malts and dark fruit in the nose - nice balance of malt and light hop in the front of the palette with a wonderful lingering sweetness from the figs and raisin on the back end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GenDV138 (6688) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Dark brownish black with two fingers of beige to light tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, Belgian yeast, light spice. Tastes of dark fruit, raisins, yeast, subtle spice, light caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.