wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Dark brown with no head formation. Aroma of brown sugar and some faint banana. Flavors of sweet fruit, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and raisins. A sweet, sticky finish taps this off. A very enjoyable beer. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled. Hazy dark brown with a thick tan-coloured foam. Well-rounded complex aroma of brown sugar, licorice, nutmeg and over-riped banana. Full flavour of fudge, coconut, brown sugar, crystallized banana and wood. Long warming finish of fudge, caramel, licorice, oranges, spices and alcohol. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
I was not blown away nor did I think this was THE most awesome beer ever, but having said that will add that a beer with flavours that I can pick out from a tasting with 21 beers sampled leaving a lasting impression that was MOST enjoyable is indeed something. Not sure that I could pick out the vast elements from the smorgasbord of flavours, but that was perhaps my favorite part - that there appeared to be so many, but melding so well in such tight harmony.
Thanks to Charles for sharing. MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
11.2 oz bottle, 2006 vintage, from trade with Papsoe. Pours a dark, copper-brown. A thin off-white head dissipated quickly except for a ring around the edge of the glass which produced some lacing. Aroma of sweet bread and dark fruit. Flavor of vinous and dark fruit with raisins prominent. Spices and alcohol also present in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium with slight bittersweet finish. A pleasure to drink. RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Pours a deep, cloudy brown color with ruby highlights into the trappist glass. Scnets of plums, raisins, yeast and malt dominate the nose. The first taste offers several flavorful spices, with caramel, malt and some dried fruits. Excellent mouthfeel with a strong alcohol finish. The 10% shows itself more as the beer warms.
fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 2009-12-29, vintage 2007, 8-4-8-4-16=40Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Dark brown color; the generous and fizzy head reduces quickly, a thin creamy layer is persistent. Intense aroma, malt, caramel, lighter liquorice, star anise, cinnamon; pepparkaka indeed. Strong mouthfeel, with powerful malt and caramel flavor, sweet; delicate but evident spice presence; low bitterness but quite high alcohol perception. Very good, if you like spicy and sweet beers. Probably at its peak.
2007-08-06, vintage 2006, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Hazy dark brown color; thin creamy head. The aroma is not too strong, with some caramel and malt, late liquorice. The body is quite thick, oily, sweet; with basically caramel flavor and a quite strong presence of sweet liquorice. There is a light alcohol perception at the end. The bitterness is medium-low, otherwise I would recommend to store it for longer. I’m not fully convinced by this one (maybe because the sweet liquorice aftertaste still sticks in my mouth).
Bottle sampled. Pours a deep copper color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, caramel, and a hint of molasses. Flavor of caramel sweetness, dark fruit, roast, toffee, and some belgian spices. AWESOME BREW pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Brown and thick. Smells like cherries and dates. Complex, yet light on the palate, I get tastes of cherries, then sourdough bread, followed by raisins and ending with a slightly bitter sweet finish. KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2007
12 oz. bottle. 2006 vintage. Pours a dark leather with almost no trace of head. Aroma of maple syrup, nutmeg, warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet, some caramel, carrots, and alcohol. Finish is malty with a hint of licorice. thornecb (5945) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Pours deep brown into a tulip. Tan micro head leaves spot lacing as it slowly recedes to skim surface. Apricot and pear aromas. Sticky sweet figs, pear and pit fruit from front to back with a malty, slightly alcoholic burn in the finish. Definitely a sipper.