aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pour: deep reddish purple. Head: thick, foamy, creamy, light beige. Aroma: sweet, tart, dark fruit, alcohol. Flavor: dark fruit, alcohol, tart/sweet. Palate: lively, refreshing and clean. Finish: warm and sweet. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pours a deep brown with dark ruby hues. The head is thick, creamy, beige. Wonderful nose. Sweet, spicy, candied fruit, raisins, molasses, dry vinous character. Sweet on the tongue, raisins, dark sugar, massive alcohol punch, Belgian yeast, molasses, amazing taste. Extremely complex palate. Very full and lively, wonderfully satisfying carbonation. Finishes warm and lively. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Rated "blind" back to back with Pannepøt. This was the second and much more complex. In a Gulden Draak glass, it took forever to pour, wiht a large bubbled tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma, with a tinge of leather and molasses. Chocolate malty front, with hints of macadamia and fig. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Thanks Tim! Trappist glass. Dark brown with red tints and a two fingered khaki head. Aroma is malty, with bananas, spice (something from chinese 5 spice), dark fruits, and a mild roastiness. Taste, initially, is dark fruit, rich maltiness, spice, raisins & prunes, cinnamon? clove? vanilla and a touch of alcohol followed by a strong clovey flavor, more dark fruits, some chocolate, and more of everything. Very complex. Seems strongly spiced, but not over the top. Incredible complexity of flavor. Great mouthfeel. cgarvieuk (26365) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2017 Deep brown ... Deep fruity malts ... light touch of meatyness in nose ... Very simelar malt fruit richness to the Reserva ... possibly a touch rougher but very well balanced .. sft fruits and a toch fruiter than reserva I found this and the Reserva to be very slighly different making each distict but could not seperte them as one better than the other. These two beers were my top choice in an eveing that included Narke Kaggen, Westvltern 12 and Nogne Dark Horizon so truly a stunning beer. Id also like to thank Carlo for the bottle. dark brown ... thin dark tan head ... sweet rich dark vineous fruits ... dark suger nose ... rich sweet dark plums ... light treacle ... soft roast malts ... light green raisins ... wonderful bottle at home drunk 0611 ...
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2007
2007 dark brown ... sweet rich toffee treacle ... light sour nose ... lost half the bottle as it gushed :-( ... dark fruits ... big sweetness .... plum and raisins ... dark sugers ... treacle ... nice 4.3
2008 deep brown ... vine nose ... deep fruits ... chewy malts ... rich malts ... bottle at home 2008 ... deep brown ...soft toffee roast ... dark fruits ... chocolaty ... mellow roast ... dark fruits ... plums and treacle bottle
2010 ... drunk dec 2012 ... soft juicy rich raisins ... plums ... dark malt nose ... chocoilate ... dark fruits ...
bottle at home 2010 ... soft sweet toffee roast ... soft fruits ... dry sweet malts .. soft toffee fruits ... soft malts ... soft plums and figgs ... sweet roast ... ligth mellow malts ... sweet fruits ... soft sweet fruits ... juicy malts ... soft fruits ... mellow malts 4.5
bottle at home 2006 version drunk sept 2014 ... deep brpown ... thin tan lacing ... dark sour berries ... little fizzy ... dark fruits ... dark malts ... soft tofee fruits ... oily fruits ... light cardboard .. dark woody malts ... 4.2
Bottle at home feb 2015, 2010 version, deep black. Thin tan lacing... Dark sweet malts nose... Dark malts... Sweet roast fruit.. Soft berries... Soft sweet malts... Light spice.. Light blackcurrant... Rich malts heavy roast... Sweet fruits 4.3
Bottle at home May 2015 ... 2010 version ... dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet berries ... sofft sweet malt nose .. soft dry fruits .. woody malts .. soft berries fruit ... juicy fruits ... 4.0
Bottle at Fins... 2006, drunk August 2016... Dark red brown.. Thin tan lacing.. Soft rich Berries.. Big sweet spiced fruit.. Rich fruit nose... Soft sweet fruit.. Quite fizzy... Rich cake... Boozy fruit... Quite a light body given its strength 4.4
Had this many times but I think the first bottle came from Degarth. Pours cloudy and looks like it is full of soogy corn flake crumbs..yummy. Nose is, ahhh let me see, lots of those wonderful aromas from the yeast strains that the belgians seem to come up with. Notes of raisins, bananas, some funk-a-rific spice that you wouldn’t know how to cook with if you had it in your spice rack. A true masterpiece compared to so many lousy BSA’s that somehow make it to the store shelf. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Careful when you open - mine erupted like a geyser, and my counter top may have gotten more than I did. First thing I notice is the palate - incredibly soft. The flavors are great, dark and complex but not overbearing. Lots of chocolate, some mild spice, maybe some molasses and fruit that quickly fades. Interesting and tasty, but a but pricey. Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
This might be a great beer but for me it was a very strange brew. It was sweet and spicy, but seemed unbalanced...maybe it was too young since many of the big Belgians need some age. Perhaps I was upset at this beer for exploding when openned and making my hands sticky...I will have to re-visit this one sometime down the road. danglefruit (8) - Waldo, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
My wife brought me home a bottle of this unexpectingly, and now its become a staple in our house. Be careful with these, because if you pop one thats room temperature, the carbonation will literally spray. I’m usually not a big belgian drinker, but this stuff is gold. Gorgeous dark brown color with a fizzy, highly carbonated look. The head is thick and and chewy, but disolves quickly. Sweet smell, fruity, raisiny, molasses-esque. Very complex without taking a sip yet. Upon that sip, very VERY complex. Sweet but not overbearing with a good warm kick at 10%. The high abv is noticeable, but not in a bad way. Very soft and complex, and easily drinkable. I could go through quite a few of these, but they aren’t that cheap either. HIGHLY recommended!!! PhillyBeer2112 (2919) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Upon opening, it gushed from the bottle, and poured very fizzily into the glass, producing a large brown head that faded somewhat quickly. Dark brown in color, and it left a heavy lacing. Aroma was deep chocolate with fruitiness wafting in and out, notes of raisins, plums, something vaguely tropical, and perhaps a lactic component that troubled me in conjunction with the gushing. Initial flavor did seem to possess a mild tartness, but it eventually seemed to give way in favor of a rich slightly roasted chocolatiness, sweet molasses and brown sugar, with dark rummy alcoholic like tingles, and gentle fruitiness of perhaps banana and raisin. There’s a spiciness here that I can’t identify, it comes across as a general yeastiness. Soft mouthfeel, it doesn’t hide its alcohol strength but doesn’t beat you with it either. One of the most complex beers I’ve had in too long a time.