Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma is a great combination of banana, dark fruits, apple, and clove. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a large greyish-beige head. The flavor starts with dark fruits and raisins. There’s some light banana in the background. The finish has cloves, apple, and faint metallic notes. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, the metallic notes really hurt. If the metallic notes drop out over time, this could be excellent.
BeerKurve (520) - - MAR 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch Black in color. The flavor consists of Cloves, Figs, Cinnamon, Apples and Hefe-style Cloves and Bananas, which all come together very well. It feels thick on the palette despite it’s medium body. Excellent flavor, definitely worth the $5 I paid for this, it’s a shame I didn’t buy more than one of these, because I was told these age really well!
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, caged & corked. From Trader Joe’s, Roswell. Black pour, purple hue, Light tan head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, dried plums, prune juice. Flavor is a dark malt, loads of dark fruits, belgian yeast esters, spicy notes, prunes, and a metallic finish. Better as it warms, earthier flavors come out. Oily texture, hearty bodied. (3263)
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-02-20. Nice black body with a frothy foamy head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and modest spices carries into the flavour, the overall impression of both is of a spiced take on Trois Pistoles, similar malt and yeast character. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate is quite effervescent. Quite nice. Bottle from Trader Joes, Michigan
billymax85 (1) - Rock Island, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012 does not count
1.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is a solid offering. Brewed by Unibroue (which is one of my favorite breweries) for Trader Joe’s, this is a pretty tasty Belgian. It’s a bit dangerous, as it goes down very smoothly with little alcohol flavor, despite it being 9 percent ABV.
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and sweet are the operative words here. Raisin, woodsmoke, dark caramel on the nose. A bit of floral esters. Plenty of alcohol and candi sugars on the tongue. Awfully tough for these two strong presences to work well in tandem. Perhaps after cellaring, these elements will blend a bit better.
SpringsLicker (3589) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly opaque dark brown under an ample head of tan. Slowly dissipating, leaving lace behind. Rolling the glass produces an even sheet that breaks beautifully.
The aroma is earthy roast malts.
The flavor is sweetness tempered by a vinous acidity. Complex yet fairly light bodied.
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s: The liquid was a dark brown with purple tinting with a thin fizzy layer of head broke up quickly in my Trappist glass. Aroma is heavily spiced with a smell Belgian yeast and a thick smell of malts too. Flavor is mildly spicy with a soft touch of sweet malts that share a sugary candy taste, but overall well balanced and actually quite nice for the price of $4.99, though, I do think the carbonation has turned me into a burp monster.
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark color but a thinnish head. A bit of anise, this is pretty light in flavor, but quite candy sugary sweet.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a big tan head. Rich aroma of dark fruits. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, thick feel, lively.