obguthr (6367) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 Outstanding bouquet of pear, baby food, banana, and oats. Pours cloudy brown with a thick tan lasting head, good lacing. Tastes of candy, chocolate malt, and a little bit of raisins, dirty. Moss finish. Alcohol content deceptive. Great balance and complexity, sweet, tart, and earthy. Truly outstanding. Hard to find any faults with this one. Perhaps too sweet for some. Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 23, 2008
750ml bottle, enjoyed lightly chilled. beauty of a pour - Dark brown, off white frothy head, plenty of particles getting knocked around by the lively carbonation. Strong spices, raisins, fruits, and alcohol apparent in the nose. Taste is raisins, sweet malts, grapes, brown sugar. Palate is probably the best aspect, ripe carbonation that turns to fluff in the mouth. Ub3r. Nice alc % trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Pours a deep ruby brown - nearly black - with a huge tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, raisins, apples, brown sugar and cloves. Flavor starts out big and just keeps getting bigger, sticking around for a good long while. Incredibly complex flavor - so much so that it’s tough to pick any single notes out of it. Sweet malts and raisins, bubble gum, cloves, molasses and a touch of black licorice at the very end. Mouthfeel is wonderful - it manages to leave the flavor in your mouth for a while without making it seem like it left a syrupy coat. This is an utterly fantastic beer - one I fall in love with more every time I try it. Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
1/3 l. bottle. Dark brown pour with a nearly white foamy head. The aroma is brown sugar, raisins - very sweet - with a touch of alcohol. The taste is more of the same, caramel and raisins and the alcohol supplies a good amount of warmth, just below the surface. Rather enjoyable. beergeezer (3) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008 does not count
Nice frothy head and rich color. A little alcohol in the nose, yet pleasant aroma.
A little caramel on the palate.
One of the best brews available locally. Great choice for good friends or special occasions.
keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
Wonderful aroma. It pours a dark murky brown with a lot of particles. Big head if you’re not careful. Taste is very good with a nice alcohol burn. Made for sipping. EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2008
Very, very dark carmel color if viewed in good light. Beautiful creamy tan head. Aroma of homemade sweet maple wheat bread. Without eyes, it might be hard to tell it is a beer. Flavor is well matched. Smooth and soft, dark fruit and grain, well balanced with little alcohol flavor or aftertaste. It also has a curiously bright highlight that makes this a very interesting and complex beer. One to keep on hand for special occasions. highibus (821) - Vail, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
Great fruity nose. Excellent color and slight tan head. Dark esters dominate and nice malt sweetness. Excellent trappist. nomad (18) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2008
Bottle from Carringtons. Dark brown wth tan head and surprisingly little lace. Not as full as you might expect in the mouth. Aroma of fruit, spice, banana and some bubblegum. All present in the flavour along with bread, caramel and cherries wrapped in a big boozy hit. People rave about this, I find it reliable but it’s never blown me away. emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2008
750mL magnum. Cork pops with much less explosion than some of the other Belgiums I’ve had. Pours a deep chestnut with a large, rocky head, much larger than I expected when it opened so calmly. The aroma is very light and smooth with a sweet, fruity, yeasty character. The taste starts sweet and fruity, like raisins or dates. It quickly turns into a nice, malty mouthful with whiskey notes. The alcohol comes through strong in the finish and leaves a dry aftertaste. Very good.