argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 17, 2008
(22oz bottle) Medium beige head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, anise, some caramel, spearmint, light cherry. Taste is medium sweet, cinnamon, some spearmint, light anise. Light-medium body, light syrup. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium amber head. Aroma of anise, dark fruits (dates, berries), light smoke, and herbal tea. Flavor of dark fruit, anise, clove, and caramel malt. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap. Poured a deeper brown color with smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, spices, licorice, and dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, spices, licorice, roastiness and some caramel. Light alcohol in both the aroma and taste. The waiter said this was like a porter and I would have guessed a dubbel... jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2008
22oz bottle @Joe’s NYC Gathering shared by jwc215–pours a foamy tan head with mahogany color. Aroma is anise/herbal, almost root beer, yeast. Taste is anise/herbal, almost root beer, yeast, some peat, some pepper. Medium body. Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
This is a smoked beer with lots of sweetness. An experiment that while is drinkable, does not add up as something to have again.Some colour in body. I do not get this as a Belg, and did not observe any compexity when paired with food. Light mouthfeel.
hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle... Opaque, extremely dark ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. Big-time esters in the aroma... dark fruit, sassafras tea and a rumor of mint. Light smoke phenol. The earthy, herbal flavor provides good bitterness with, again, sassafras and a touch of mint... just a whisper of that smoky phenol on my palate. Full-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and subtle carbonation. Lengthy, sweet and then bone-dry finish. Odd, this one, but not at all bad. Interesting... tasty! Kudos to growler for shipping this one to Florida! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Date: 11/29/2007DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2007
dark brown, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
dark chocolate aroma with a lot of sweet estery fruity character and lots of spicyness plus fusel alcohols,
sweet fruity chocolate malt flavor, touch of hot spicy spruce, all sweet spice,
picking up a peppery character in the aroma,
more balanced flavor between the fruity chocolate and the spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep brown pour with off-white head. Aroma is malty, spicy, with hops, asnd some pumpernickel notes in the nose and flavor. Also had flavors of rauchy dark malt, mild coffee, nuts, and red wine reduction. Unique flavors and aromas in this. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
My Bottom Line:JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2007
Clovey spiciness and a bag of Halloween candy overwhelm the frail body of this somewhat incoherent Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam looks onto the hazy brown.
-The finish is earthy and yeasty, not exactly fitting the sweet spiciness which dominates the flavor profile.
-The low and soft carbonation exposes the lack of substance.
-Floral notes and fruitiness even appear through the sweetness, imparting an unwanted tartness.
-Hmmm...Barry’s rating makes me want to try it again, although this initial experience definitely had the reverse effect.
Vermont Brewers Fest ’07. Deep brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is quite smokey and sweet with lots of earthy malts. Fresh beechwood smoky aroma over a candyish caramel malt base. Yeasty and spicy through the middle. Belgian yeast shows lots of character with heavy fruit, apple, peach and raspberries that intensifies through the middle. A soft smokiness on the back. Finishes spicy and quite dry considering all the sweetish aspects of the brew. Comes across as very refreshing and a nice surprise. Completely unlike anything I’ve ever had.