badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Poured beautifully into a Westmalle chalice. Beer poured a dark, almost muddy brown color with a slightly creamy head that slowly dissipated and leaves a solid lacing around glass. Smell is of dark fruit and deeply roasted grain, not an overpowering smell, just a very complex one that has subtle aromas to it. Taste has cherries and some malty sweetness, nothing extreme, just very complex. Mouthfeel is glorious and drinkability is high, to hell with the price. JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Bottle that Jan Primus actually donated to my personal "Save a starving-student Fund" for good beer (canít thank you enough!). Pours a deep dark, murky brown. To be honest itís not much to look at, in fact I thought it might be infected at first due to the sediment floating around, getting pushed around by the carbonation, that looks like protein chunks, but upon further inspection, is just yeast (which is actually quite tasty IMHO). But oh no, this was not spoiled. Aroma: Not as complex as I was expecting, the typical dark fruits, nice malts, but over-all not a lot going on. But, asit warms, it becomes more sweet and enticing. Taste: Challenging, complex. Prunes, dates, sweet malts, alcohol, almost like red wine. Hints of molasses become more apparent as it warms. The commercial description is bang on in this case, strong plums, raisin, maybe a touch black currant, and itís the aftertaste that really makes you realize how deep and multi-layered this beer really is. The alcohol is present, but at 11.3% it actually has a surprising level of drinkability to it. Nice slick mouth-feel. It gets better as it warms; Iíve found that higher ABV brews tend to become more cloying and alcoholic tasting as they warm, but this one maintains its peculiar drinkability and sweet flavours. This is definitely a great beer-experience, and I canít wait to try this again in a few years after my other bottle has had some time to mature! I was a bit skeptical at first, as I always am with such high-octane, incredibly high-rated beers, but this one wins you over by the end of it. dmac (6211) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2007
11.2 oz bottle purchased at Oak Tree. Pours a deep muddy brown that turns light brown around the edges. This beer has one incredibly impressive head, super creamy and slick light beige that lasts longer then Brett Farveís career. Aroma of dark fruit, prunes and plums, brown sugar notes and light yeastiness. Palate is fantastic with a full creamy mouthfeel and noticable very lively carbonation with only slight alcohol warming. Flavor of brown bread, sugar, some over ripe banana. As this beer changes temperature so does the flavors. I see why people love it for itís complexity but at no time does it really break out for me. Very good none the less much like I was this year in case Santa is reading this. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Overall a fine beer in all aspects except that the accented flavors are not really to my fancy and the high alcohol level can be a bit overpowering (but hey, they make that pretty obvious to the buyer). taunusmies (357) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2007
Pours deep brown colour with the big, fine-bubbled creamy head that lasts long. The smell is wide, malty and sweet, a bit perfumed. Also the taste has a lot of sweet malts, with spiced bitterish edge. Also liquorice, raisins and fruits. Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste but kicks in later. Absolutely delicious. Really good drink to winter season, that casts out the cold weather and gray days.
JustinBennett (67) - junction city, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2007
bottle thanks to ford9719. poured a dark chocolaty color. Very sedimenty. smells of spices and bananas. initial taste is banana mixed with cloves. has a hint of plums. a very very good beer. AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Pours with a large tan head and a deep brown body. Aroma improves as the head dissipates and the beer warms up. Rich and balanced fruity-malty flavor. Leaves a delicious bready taste in the mouth. There wasnít much sediment to be found in my bottle. Flavor wasnít as brilliant as the 8, but just as intense. icefires (6) - USA - DEC 19, 2007 does not count
My first Belgian.
Very different, but I loved it after I got used to it.
Canít get it anymore in Texas. Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 18, 2007
A darker and bolder brother to the #8. Smooth. A near perfect ale. Rich and nurishing and everything else good. I donít want it to end. dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Dark fruity, dry, rich flavor. The alcohol is well -masked. This is an excellent beer but the taste was a little on the sharp side (though I had no problem with the 11.3% abv).