Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - Rich, purfume like malty aroma, dark dried fruits, subtle dark cocoa, cherries, banana esters, bready, yeasty, biscuity. No discernable hop aromas. Very strong esters. Slight hint of plastic-y phenolic.
Appearance - Dark brown hue, opaque. Creates a long lasting off-white mousselike head that is very long-lasting (>5 min).
Flavor - Extremely complex malt profile. Dark dried fruits - raisins, cherries, dates. Sweetness in the front but dries out in the finish. Phenolic clove-like quality is well balanced w/ fruity esters. Slight salty taste on the sides of the tongue. Malt focused, yet well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Warming. Medium-high carbonation. Peppery texture on the palate. Creamy, dryess in the finish.
Overall Impression - This is an excellent example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. With a bit more body, some tuning of the slightly off phenolic quality in the flavor and changing the sodium levels in the water profile, this would be nearly all 5s! For $5.99 @ 750ml you can’t beat this beer. Another great beer from Unibroue, highly recommended.
gregwilsonstl (2378) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Drank this as a throw in cellar clear out at my wedding in 2015. Didnt take notes, but remember not liking it. Probably because its 6+ years past best before date. :-)
douglas88 (8914) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium beige head. A big fruity yeasty nose. Sweet fruity notes, caramel, chocolates, big oxidation which is quite nice, strawberry. Toffee and some light chocolate in the finish. The robust fruity notes are still there 9 years on. This is very good.
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"a dry, spicy belgian dubbel...the body is just ok, and the carbonation a little high, but the flavor and finish is pretty nice. overall, an enjoyable brew.
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I don’t believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, I’m copying and pasting this to each vintage I’ve had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out it’s worth picking up a bottle. It’s a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Can’t beat it for the price!
mcberko (16597) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark brown / near-black with a medium beige head. Aroma is full of spices, some dark fruits, and brown sugar. Flavour is full of spices, dark fruits, some caramel malts and some licorice notes. Lively carbonation that accentuates the complexity very well. The age has done wonders to this and there is no hint of oxidation. Great stuff.
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Maniac at the Irish Chanukah tasting. Pours dark brown with garnet highlights, small white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and nutty malt, spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger with earthy and cellar notes. Flavor is malt dominant, light spicy alcohol, spices and Belgian yeast with light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottles of this (enjoyed annually since the release) have all been gushers. They pour a deep dank brown with a huge off off white head. Nose and taste are a nice blend of spices and dark sweet malts, caramel, raisins, figs. If this beer wasn’t do overcarbonated I think I would give it a 4+
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown. The aroma is yeast spicy with notes of nutmeg, ginger and white pepper. Light roasty and lemon sour undertones. Hints of dark fruits, dark berries (cherries), earth, liquorice, violet, anise and grassy hops. The flavour is medium sweet, light bitter and light acidic. Spicy in the taste as well with notes of anise, ginger, white pepper and nutmeg. Subtle fruity. The mouthfeel is velvety with a sparkling yet soft carbonation. Quite yeasty and light roasted with touch of grassy hops. Medium bodied.
gunnfryd (14642) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, caramel. Flavour is sugar, caramel, dried fruits, cola, alcohol, spices, hop. Full bodied nice beer.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong pine with sherry and honey. Very similar to 2009, but with a stronger pine flavor.