HighlanderOne (1272) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Poured from big bottle. Vanilla, strawberry, banana in aroma. Dark mahogany with foamy tan head. I taste vanilla, plum, banana, bread, various spices (nutmeg, pepper) Alcohol is noticed, but is secondary. Maybe just me but I detect a touch of milk chocolate. Great drinkability - maybe too good. A great, just short of outstanding brew. I will take the advice of other ratebeerians and age my remaining bottles a bit.
Update 12/2013 - Just has the last bottle that was aged for almost a year. Definite improvements in palate and taste. Worth the wait.
jb (3109) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trader Joes showed greate judgement getting Unibroue to contract brew this for them and some similar divine inspiration caused my Mom to get this for me for Christmas. Dark reddish and clear, no real lacing/retention, but a thick opening sudsy head. Nose is yeasty, with plums, ginger and soy sauce. Palate is clean tasting, not a lot going on, more of the Christmas spiciness, some dark malty notes and a bit of brown sugar. Good stuff.
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Trader Joe’s (obviously), enjoyed at home rooting for the Packers to win. Appearance is a very dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of clove, Belgian yeast, kinda smells like the other TJ ales I’ve had in the past. Taste is good and smooth, really enjoying this one. It’s obviously high potent but nice and smooth. $5 can’t buy a better brew, great bargain beer.
gripweed57 (1457) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and crowned bottle. Dark brown opague liquid topped by a medium-sized bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and spicy. Sweet toasted malt flavor is full of dark fruits and yeasty character. Bready and spicy with hints of ginger and cloves. Very raisiny and notes of vanilla and brown sugar.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown pour with a quick thin tan head.
aroma is dark fruit and ginger spice. molasses maltiness.
Body is lighter than expected, flavour is dark fruit and spice. brown bread and yeast. Not as sweet as aroma suggested.
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/27/12. 750mL bottle. Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head. Lots of aroma components including dark caramel, coffee, roast, soy sauce, and sourness. More prominent sourness in the flavor with roast and coffee. Not bad.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, nearly black, cola hued, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Bright evergreen aroma, maybe spearmint?   Otherwise a soft dark bready aspect, minor dark pitted fruit, maybe some kafir leaf.   Has a definite dark bready/fruit aspect, but it also has this bright evergreen spiced like background.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a wintergreen like spice, along with some dark pitted fruit and dark breadiness.   Decent example, and very Unibroue like.
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From corked and caged bottle. Dark yeast notes with a distinct banana and clove taste. Light-bodied for such a high alcohol content.
86Moose (62) - - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good Belgian. Strong on the yeast. Sweet tasting. Subtle hint of banana. Lots of foam on the pour. Deep brown going to black in appearance.. A good beer.
sharkbcr (160) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting seasonal. Long lasting foamy head. Yeasty aroma hides the spicy sweetness of this brew. Color is brown black. The finish has hints of cloves and cinnamon. Pretty good for its modest price.