IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Purchased at Bodega Brewpub in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Poured a dark amber/brown with a quickly dissapating white head. Aroma of dark fruit and wine like characters. tastes of raisons, light chocolate, pretty hoppy. reasonably sweet aftertaste. Alcohol hidden pretty well, especially for 11.3% ABV. has champagne like carbonation. Exceptionally smooth finish. I can see why this is one of the top beers in the world. Would buy again. Haslinger (984) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle from Bodega’s in LaCrosse, Wi. Not too strong of an aroma but smells of raisin and plum.Very good smooth taste. hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Defintely would buy again. thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 33cl bottle: aroma wasnt as strong as i would expect but its got a malty sweet spiced smell to it. pours a almost black with a dark cream color head. flavor i notice is its well carbonated then the sweet malty chocolate spiced taste comes through. tastes a lot like Pannepot. great beer but was looking for more. ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
This beer is a an opaque brown with a beautiful creamy head that subsides to a laceing. The beer smells of toasty roasty chocolate and crystal malt and tastes very similar. The taste is smooth with creamy roasted malt finish. A caramel flavor with Belgium yeastyness is noticeable. The mouthfeel is soft with a smooth maltyness, light medium body and delicate carbonation. Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Several 11.2 oz bottles purchased at Rozi’s Wine House in Lakewood Ohio. Pours a dark brown with malt colored head. Raisins, figs, yeast and dark chocolates were the most noticeable flavors. Nice, warming finish. One of the finest beers I have ever enjoyed.
Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Mahagony color with creamy head. Sweetish fruity aroma with figs, prunes, raisins, caramel and rose. Sweet flavor with tart fruitiness, dark fruits, toasty malt, chocolate, vanilla and fair amount of soft warming alcohols featuring rose and pepper. My personal favourite. It is suprising how alcohol can taste so good. Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle from Devonshire Cat, Sheffield. Pours cloudy dark brown with a fairly tight off-white head. Aroma is candi sugar, raisins, and yeast. Tastes of dark fruit and some caramel/molasses, then dries out a little with some cinnamon and other spices. Some warming at the end, but it’s hard to believe it’s 11.3. barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 330 ml bottle from a trade with paco. pours a hazy very dark brown with a mid sized off white head that lingers on the edges of the glass. aromas of dark fruits, belgian rock candy, yeasty notes, some alcohol, and other bits and pieces of darkness. flavours are quite impressive. a dark fruit beginning lulls you in with a soft mouthfeel, then the yeasty belgian sweetness shows before the warming effect of the 11.3% ABV takes you into beer drinking extacy. this beer is fantastic and at this point id have to say its the best ive had. thanks to paco for sending me this one!! MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2007
It tastes like happy. I loved this beer. It had a taste like no other, with a great balanced of caramel and chocolate, and the high alcohol content was barley noticeable. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2007
11oz bottle: Pours a cloudy brown with a small tan head that fades into a light crown. The aroma is spicy with dark fruit and candi sugar. The taste is sweet with a little bit of alcohol. The mouth feel is medium with a slight lingering character. This is nice but I’m missing some of the subtleties that make this so highly rated.