barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2011
330ml bottle shared with jb84 and kish84. burgundy with a tan head. dark fruit and aged belgian yeast nose. nice complex flavour. well integrated wood. nice sipper JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2011
Pour mahogany beige head and terrific lace. Aroma oak, sweet malt, spice, dark fruit. Taste oak, dark fruit, Belgian spice yeast, cherries, caramel. MF medium body mild carb. Good stuff tasty and well balanced abv well hidden. Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
330ml bottle from IPB. 2007 vintage. Best before March 2014.ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Appearance : Deep brown with medium head that is short lived. No lacing.
Aroma : Spices with rich red fruits. Nice toffee and caramel with light alcohol. Light pears. Mineral notes. Notes of wood.
Taste : Red fruits with caramel and toffee. Nice spices with light hops and light mineral notes. Nice light sweetness on finish with notes of raisins and figs with spices. Some wood on the finish. Quite warm overall.
Overall : Nice stuff, quite complex. A bit too much alcohol. Appearance is also a bit disappointing. Nice wood presence, nice raisins and rich fruits. Very nice but the alcohol and light mineral notes didn’t do it for me. Big belgians used to be my favourite thing but not that much anymore... palate changes I guess.
11.2oz bottle, 2008 edition. pours a dark, hazy, burgandy with a thick, rocky, off-white head leaving sticky rings of lace. aroma is fantastic with huge notes of toffee, brandied figs, raisin bread, and dark cherries backed by subtle notes of belgian yeast, cloves, dried pears, and cocoa with a hint of oak and vanilla as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well with big fruit notes of pear, red apple, black cherry, and figs all smothered in toffee and hints of brandy backed by rich, dark breads, winter spices, and smooth, lightly toasted oak. palate is rich, full bodied, and lightly carbonated with a lingering, fruity, sweet finish. overall, a world class belgian ale. JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at Buckeye Beer Engine. Hazy brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of raisin, oak, banana and caramel. Caramel and raisin flavor with vanilla, oak and spice. Lasting sweet and boozy finish.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2011
Beautiful clear brown with hints of red and a small tan head. Big aroma of toffee apples, cherries, dried fruits, apple juice and some alcohol that disturbs me a bit. Flavours are very smooth with caramel, oak, alcohol, grapes and almonds, but they are a bit thin. Ends rather dry but is smooth all the way, like pouring silk down the throat. If the flavours were a bit bolder and with less alcohol in the aroma, this would be an absolute top beer. EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Beautiful Carmel aroma, thin head. Explosive smooth Carmel and malt aroma. Understated flavor, smooth and sour, some alcohol, nice, light bitter finish. Very good but not worth the price for me. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2011
YUM YUM YUM YUM. Treat to try this one. Big caramel filled nose. Spices, nuts, toffee, tender hints of chocolate, and Belgiany bread and malts take up the flavors on this. The finish ends with a pleasant, yet light, dip into an oak filled barrel. Damn good stuff. BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark cloudy brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is caramel and belgian spices. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, and spices. Medium body and good heat. fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Pours a hazy dark brown with a couple yeast floaties that sneaked their way in to party and a 2 finger, creamy beige head that fades to a thick skim after a couple of minutes and holds pretty well there for the rest of the glass leaving some lacing as I go. Aroma is dark fruit, dates, chocolate, light toast oak notes, a touch of alcohol, sweet bread spice, dark caramel, licorice and a little pine sap, not really in a hoppy way though. Flavor is big on dark fruit, chocolate, sweet white bread crust, dates, woody oak notes, sweet cherries, light fusel notes and dark caramel. Toward the finish comes earth and last years dry leaves. As it warms coffee and more dark fruit comes out along with slightly stronger fusel notes, no enough to be off putting, but they are somewhat noticeable. Palate is medium-heavy and creamy on the entry with an off dry finish and light, velvety carbonation. It never really feels too far toward any extreme in the range of mouthfeel description. Really good beer, one to savor and contemplate, but also one that would be dangerously easy to put down too many of at 10%. If you can afford to put down too many of a beer that costs $8 for a 330ml bottle, that is.