georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a cream color foamy head. Brown sugar, spice, and banana aroma. Hint of clove in the taste. A little too carbonated on the palate. yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours dark amber to brown with a huge lasting tan head. Aroma is a mix of caramel malt, light spice note and subdued yeasty. Fruity and spiced initial flavour, presumeably from the yeast. Gains some darker notes like liqourice, roasted malt, spices and smooth, yet subdued, chocolate. Light alcohol note in the finish nicely lifting the mild spice and caramel malt flavours. Nice brew. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
I like the oud brune style of beer; I never know quite what to expect other than copious amounts of sourness (and I do love sour). This one looked and smelled terrific, but the flavor disappointed a bit; lots of cereal-ness and not enough sourness.
Appearance was a brilliant red brown body with a scummy lilly-pad of foam floating in the middle of my goblet. Aroma was quite good - there was a whiskey, sour, cherriness. Flavor didn’t deliver the expectation thay the aroma built; it was cereal-y and grainy with only a modicum of sour. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.
I would recommend this beer, but not without conditions (what are your other options?) and reservations.
I had this from a bottle at d.b.a. In New Orleans. robforbes (2267) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2008
pour is a cloudy dark amber with a large beige head, good lacing.
smell is malt, caramel, some spice, roasted nuts, a little sweet fruit in the back.
taste is caramel, touch of cocoa, sour malt, prune, touch of spice, bit sticky in the back of the mouth, ends slightly bitter. ciuspan (94) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Denne pragtfulde rødbrune øl har en god sødme, karamel og toffee noter der gør den til et godt bekendtskab
imdownthepub (15331) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2008
Bottled, 750ml Cork & wired, aged 6yrs. Red brown with huge white head. Initially quite sweet, mollasses and honeyed notes, but then a warming fruitiness comes through, something akin to a sweet cherry, in amongst toffee caramel and a faint roasted liquorice flavour. Quite good depth of flavour, but the sweetness holds it back for me. Enjoyable but not great. Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
Brown with fine grey head. Sweet and malty aroma with nothes of biscuits, chocolate and caramel. The flavour has a lot of yeast, herbs and sugar cane. It’s complex and has some berries in the flavour that I couldn’t pin point. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Really quite good. Bottle at The York, Highland Park, CA. Great full flavor of dark fruit, candi sugar and malt. Not better than Rochfort 8 but absolutely headed in that direction. FatPhil (17078) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2014 330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn) at 8.5% (7:4:8:4:15=3.7)GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Lovely dark fruit aroma, berries, even plums, aven though it’ served quite cold. Lovely deep red, tight tan head pumped constantly by the etched Chimay glass. Quite a light palate, and with nice carbonation - extremely drinkable and not showing its strength. Soft gentle dark grains, bready, crusts. Some gentle wholegrain bits to bite on. Retronasals do give the evidence of the strength as the fruity berry esters are helped up the back of the nose. Finish has a gentle bitternes to it, some nice full resiny aspects, but they’re kept subtle. Beautiful beer. This is why I say the belgians make the best strong beer in the world. There’s nothing big or clever about this it’s just a damb tasty strong dark belgian.
Rerate of: 330ml bottle (?) at 7.5% (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)
Rich brown, big billowy creamy tight head. Rich roasty malt and sweet fleshy fruit aromas. Beautiful soft carbonation in the mouth. Big but also subtle combination of flavours. Firstly the richly roasted body and fruit comes across, but as you swallow there’s a spicy and peppery hop. It leaves sweet wafts of slightly alcoholic malt and fruits. Beautiful.
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Fabulous. A rich, dark brown with a creamy off-white head, nice lacing. A dense yeasty aroma. The flavor is mostly caramel malt with a unique musty yeastiness. Dense and complex on the finish. Love it.