overtheline (137) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2017 kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enormous, dense head that sticks around a long time, leaving decent rings of lacing. Deep aroma of cocoa, red and purple fruits (cherries, cranberries, grapes, plums, raisins), yeast, breads, and a hint of ... Dr. Pepper? How neat. Flavor - this is the smoothest 10% ABV beer I have ever drunk. Holy moly - it is too easy to drink this! Best-hidden alcohol ever. Be careful, because it’s really tasty, too. VERY well-balanced on the acid front, which is typically my foremost complaint among some otherwise great Belgian Strongs. 5 on the palate for sure. I’d like a little more aftertaste, but what is there is really scrumptious - all the aforementioned fruits, especially the red ones, lots of creamy maltiness, and a finish of bread and fruit. Nom! My special orders for December have gone so well. I’m such a happy beer geek! UPDATE: I am now tasting some spices in addition to all that other stuff. This just gets more and more interesting.
Pours a fairly murky deep brown. Nose is amazing, so much going on. Fruity and caramelly, plum, fig, raisins some indiscernible sweet notes. Can't think of another beer that smells close to this. Taste follows the nose and is way more fruit forward than yeast forward. There is a bit of sourness but, to me, little alcohol heat. Full bodied and medium carbonation. Very unique beer. bonev (938) - POLAND - SEP 15, 2017
Vintage 2016: Duzo przypraw, suszonych owocow i belgijskich akcentow. Czuc tez nuty winne i lekka kwaskowosc na finiszu. Bez wiekszej goryczki i z wysyceniem na srednim poziomie. Nie wiem czy to jest kwestia tego rocznika ale spodziewalem sie czegos slodszego i bardziej likierowatego. Bamsen78 (5486) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle, Vintage 2013, to celebrate my 5th anniversary of joining RateBeer - thank you, Nils! :-) Pours cloudy coffee brown with airy dark tan head. Complex, dusty aroma with notes of caramel, chocolate, yeast, malt and fruit. Sweetish flavour of fruit, yeast and caramel malt, enriched by bitter notes of coffee and hops and some dusty touches - the bottle is well past the BBD :-) Lingering, bitter and estery aftertaste with sweetish, fruity hints. A truly grand beer, Gentlemen! Cheers! friendlyforest (1) - - AUG 30, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2017 Lovely, smoothe quite delicate mouthfeel. Vanilla plum bit of liqourice. V easy to drink, difficult to savior.
BenL8 (227) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 23, 2017
330ml bottle, 2013 vintage, enjoyed at home. Pours dark brown with little head, thick with some residue in the glass. Aroma is incredibly complex and has astounding depth. Caramel, figs, plums, pepper, spices, Candi sugar, dark roasted malts. Heavy body with a nice thick and intense mouthfeel. Flavour is similar, with incredibly complexity and depth. Caramel, very sweet, lots of interesting sugar flavours, spices, plum, coffee hints, kardamom, cinnamon, and in general quite some spiciness and roastiness. Finishes warming with a fruity, slightly boozy and roasty finish. Amazing stuff.
KevinReddirt (194) - Midland, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2017
With Amsterdam the starting point for a Rhine River cruise I was able to go into De Bierkoning. This 11.2 oz bottle was one of a handful I was able to purchase and bring home to taste. It gets tilted into my Rochefort glass leaving a dark mahogany body. The head, a light brown, diminishes immediately but there is a steady stream of foam rising in the middle of the glass. The scent is complex, there is fig, cedar, caramel, all very inviting. I drink and the taste is incredible, malt, more of the caramel, dark fruit, cherry and leather. Very full in the mouth, chewy I think. Just a touch of bitterness finishing. No anticipation it would be so interesting. How will I ever get another? beermastersasho (87) - - AUG 16, 2017
Fantastic beer. I dont know which one is the best, this one especially i remember - when pour - brown head, redish colour, aroma is fantastic, stout colour, magnificient taste, karamel, roasted, spicies, raisins... i love struise rodenbachvintage (84) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2017
Donkere, vrij zoet degustatiebier. Vergelijkbaar met de betere wijnen. Een om van te genieten! jjunghun2 (12) - - AUG 8, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2017 Dark deep brown colour. Medium carbonation. Ripen plum scent and taste. Winey character. A bit boozy since its vintage(2016).
Great beer overall. CRNY (7) - Borås, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2017 does not count
Monday, August 7, 2017. Bottle 330 ml. Bought at Belgium in a Box in Antwerpen. Served in Trappist glass. Pleasant sweetness. A "dark taste" for a Belgian Strong Ale. Reminds me in some ways of Imperial Stout. You can say that this kind of beer is more like a good wine.