zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
330 mL bottle, poured into tulip glass a deep ruby body with massive, foamy tan head. Sweet aroma consisting of malts, black cherry, plum, and other dark fruits. Smooth, yet thick mouthfeel. Very well-balanced. Complex flavor profile, where cherry, raisin, cola, and other fruit flavors are present. Dry, clean finish. Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Into a tulip this goes with a half inch of tan foam. It is a dark, ruby color. The smell is of dark fruits, and gummy worms, if that makes any sense. There is a maltiness beneath thesweetness.
The taste is of figs, dark cherries, a leathery dryness percieved at the back of one’s tongue, and brown sugar. This needs some time in my cellar, methinks. The mouthfeel is thick, but it is not cloying. Drinkability is high. The taste is so complex, I want to sip, and sip again to discover everythig this brew can offer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-25-2005 09:38:26
juiceisloose (1526) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2008
This poured a dark brown almost cola like color with a medium foamy tan head that leaves behind a thin flim of lacing all over the glass. The aroma is very nice and complex with notes of dark fruits, cherries, plums, sweet malts, and cream. The flavor is very complex as well with dark fruits, malts, candy sugar, plums, cream, and cola all blending together. With each smell and sip new flavors make themselves known. This is deeply complex with just amazing flavors. The alcohol is masked really well. A couple of these and you’d be feeling pretty good. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy with a vinous like quality to it. The finish is long and creamy with a sweet fruit flavor left behind. I waited a long time to try this, and it is worth the wait. Now I need to go get some more. Just fantastic stuff. Btankey (11) - USA - FEB 21, 2008
so far, my favorite beer outside of "I’m drinking beer in Bruges and this tastes freaking awesome b/c of the whole experience" factor. Huge complexity while being hugely delicious, this is addicting. No loose ends here, from the front attack to the finish, like a great aged Sauternes. Perfect with a great Roquefort and aged balsamic. Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Pours a hazy cola coler with quickly dissipating tannish brown head. Alcohol nose is less apparent than that of St Bernardus’ Abt 12, but still present. Aromas of Raisins and Muscat grapes are evident, Maple syrup mixes with molases in a cedar bucket with a fair share of alcohol. Sharp tingly bubbles hit the tip of the tongue, amking for an exciting stat to this complex wonder. Flavors of sweet dry cocoa are checked by hints of sour muscat. Finish is woody and enjoyable. Flavors of smoke and golden raisins linger in the finish as well.
rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours dark and deep with a modest head. Rich complex aroma, with well balanced true Belgian flavor. A fantastic beer. bchlala (42) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
I tasted this beer before I got my account with ratebeer, so I can’t really remember all the flavors, but it was really good. BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Yeah!... you could survive on the aroma, and it’s so subtle and classic. Maybe not as exciting as Orval and not anywhere near the great Gueuzes and Sours, but so Belgian. Like sticking your nose into the mouth of a pit where nothing but naughty but enjoyable things can be had, dark and sweet. Taste stays close to the nose. Does a decent job hiding the alcohol, but that creeps in after the initial mouthful. Finishes good but not great and I still like the 8 more than this. BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle. Ah, I’ve had this a few times in the past but haven’t gotten around to rating it. I guess I become a little lazy when I know I can get a certain beer quite easily. Anyway, the pour is a dark raw sienna with a lasting light tan head that consists of medium-sized bubbles. The aroma is very pleasing. Dark citrus (such as raisins, dates, and plums) and caramel seem to be pretty dominant. As this brew hits the tongue, your palate is overwhelmed with a burst of flavour. The dark citrus noticed in the aroma is now accompanied by hints of cocoa, a light roastiness, the perfect amount of spices, and some very subtle black tea notes. As the brew passes the tongue, the citrus subdues as the roasty and cocoa notes become more dominant leaving a mildly dry finish. The alcohol flavour adds a little bit of a kick throughout the entire experience and creates a light warming sensation in the chest. The flavours in this beer are so delicate yet defining. It’s a beautiful, complex, delicious beer. Ober (2819) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 A deep dark brown beer. It has a creamy, not to large, beige head, which fades slowly. The smell of caramel, raisins, dark chocolate and some coffee. Als some fruits. The taste of the beer, chocolate and coffee sticks in your mouth. A very, very good beer. The alcohol of 11,3 % isn’t emphatic there. In my opinion one of the best beers.