radagast83 (8074) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle. Like the 8, it Pours a thick hazy brown/dark red color with a tan head. The beer has a very caramel and dark fruit aroma, heavy on the malts and just a hint of spice. The flavor is caramel, fruit, and something I just can’t put my finger on. The alcohol is very noticeable, and it’s extremely warming when drunk. This beer is one of the more complex that I’ve had in recent months. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle and served in a tulip. This quad poured a dark mahogany with ruby highlights. The head was substantial and made of tight, tan bubbles, and lasted throughout the entire glass. Quite a bit of thick, spotty lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer included dark fruits, candi sugar, plum, and some mild yeast esthers. The flavor consisted of roasted caramel malt, candi sugar, red grapes, plums, and finished with a strong note of tounge warming alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with moderate carbonation, finishing warm and slightly dry. An excellent quad that displayed an absolutely beautiful pour and a nice, complex flavor. clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a gorgeous tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and spice. Flavor is chewy with dark fruit and spice, black cherry, raisin,etc. This beer is big, fruity, and warming. I normally don’t like malty beers, but the Belgians somehow pull it off for me, EXCELLENT! corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a nice sized head. Hints of chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol in the aroma. Hints of raisin, spices, dark chocolate and alcohol warmth. Surprisingly fruity for a beer this dark. Very good. DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 updated, on tap at blend. Dark brown with a huge white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and alcohol. Sweet with more fruits in the flavor, mostly green apples and pears. A nice hint of bitter thrown in with the sweetness. Finishes with a strong alcohol bite, very warming. I’m really impressed with this one.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Dark prune brown pour with a off white head with nice lacing. Some raisin and banana bread on the nose. Dark fruits in flavor with a sweetness and noticable alcohol (but not in a bad way). Bontus (800) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 Bottles from Colruyt and several rerates:
Appears dark brown with a fast fading beige head. Already incredibly smelling.
Aroma’s include: chocolate, coffee, caramel, banana, cough drop, yeast, bread.
Especially sweet flavor but has some bitterness in the first sips and gets more alcohol warming in the second half of the glass.
Palate: creamy, thick velvety feel, soft carbonation.
Overall one of my favourite beers and compares perfectly with trappists. DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Dark brown with weak head. Taste of dark fruit and brown sugar. High alcohol. Wonderful. undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours light brown with a big off white head. Aroma of sweet sugar, dark fruit, alchohol. Taste of raisins, dates, fig, candy sugar, alchohol, yeast. Good stuff. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Small Bottle. Brown pour, opaque, with an off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, sugar, bubblegum / banana, and a little alcohol. Initial mouthfeel is creamy. The flavor is very sweet; candy sugar (like cottoncandy), dark fruit, bananas, and some spice lingers. Pretty tasty beer with good body.