darkseduction (761) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Pours a dark brown brew with a creamy stable white head. Chocolate and toffee flavors, some coffee and dry fruits. Very complex and longlasting aftertaste. Burning alcoholic finish. EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Dark, dark carmel with tight carmel head. Light malt and carmel apple aroma. Almost some floral about it, not nuts, but the flowers of nuts, if that makes any sense. Then just a burst of flavor. Fruit and grains, hops with malt, a hint of sweetness and alcohol bite. This is what I imagine the Norske Gods drank in Vahallah. In general, this type of beer is only about my third favorite. The fact that this gets a 4.4 is pretty meaningful to me. WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown with a firm mocha-colored head. Aroma is relatively light, with hints of caramel, coffee, malt, and dark fruit. The taste, on the other hand, is big. Huge mouthfeel and very full and dry body. Initial sweet flavors of syrupy hops, molasses, and dark fruit give way to a dry finish of brown alcohol, spices, and wood. Unlike the Bernardus 12, this one doesn’t overwhelm the palate with alcohol -- instead it’s a much more flavorful and dry, almost whisky like on the finish. One of the best and comparatively easy to find: why wouldn’t you try it? douqep (8) - USA - MAY 16, 2008 does not count
Bottle. I had this once and didn’t realize what it was. Had a memory of it being too overpowering. But, tried again and found it subtle, well balanced, caramel-like. Heavy but not too heavy, creamy, would probably go well w/ a full flavored mushroom dish. crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Pours a dark nut brown with no head. Aroma is pretty subtle - grapes, cherries, a hint of sharp spice. The flavor is big, and sweet - figs, plums, raisins, brown sugar. The mouthfeel is full yet dry and sharp, very nice, surprisingly refreshing. This is a good beer, no doubt about it, but I’m a little disappointed. I’ve got to say that I really prefer the Bernardus 12.
Todeon (327) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Really big head that dissapears quikly. Aroma cis sweet grapes,raisins and port wine mixed with some fruits. Flavor is really sweet with lots of fruity notes with a burning alcohol finish. CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. A very beautiful beer with a nut brown color which turn dark brown if you pour the sediment. It has hints of fruit in the aroma and a very good head. It is a very strong tasting beer with hints of fruit but also alcohol. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Wow. Pours a stunning dark ruby with a good, thick, off-white head. Aroma is sweet grapes, black cherries, port wine, raisins, figs and other dark fruits, melded perfectly with Belgian yeast and malts. Flavor is just incredible - takes all the notes from the aroma and adds roasty, slightly smoky malts, a bit of bourbon, and brings out the Belgian yeast a bit more. The mouthfeel is perfect - thick, full, but dry and not too heavy. It leaves you salivating, wanting the next sip. The carbonation isn’t overbearing. This is utterly fantastic - I will always want more of this beer. As of the tasting, this is my new favorite overall, beating out St. Bernardus’ Abt. 12. Just delicious. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 [Bottle] Pours a brown that turned ruby red when held up to the light. Moderate sized, quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma is decent, with lots of raisins, plums, prunes, and other dark fruits. Mouthfeel is quite light, but incredibly full. Flavor is lots of dark fruits, some alcohol burn, the perfect amount of spices, and vinous notes. The alcohol seems to enhance the flavors rather than detract from them. Finishes long with lots of alcohol and residual sweetness. Awesome, awesome beer. puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2008
This is a totally solid beer. Smells sweet, and tastes the same. Has a light head that compliments the color. I detect some very interesting tastes in this one. There is definently some taste of alcohol, but the 11.3 % kind of sneaks up on you. Yay beer! *after drinking the beer after it had warmed up....the alcohol was much more detectable.