RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSquare (117) - - DEC 24, 2012
Interesting beer. . . the nose is all cocoa, leather and cinammon, not hinting much at the sweetness of the beer. Taste has all that Unibroue belgianity you would expect, but it’s way darker and thicker than most of their. . . somehow, strangely maintaining the very effervescent carbonation of some of their more champagne offerings (ephemere comes to mind. . . but only re: the bubble). Good for a winter evening. . . I’d like it better if it had more richness and zing to balance the sweet spice, but it really is pretty good. I think it would be in a good "introductory big belgian" for nonbelievers; big meaty belgianness, but nothing too out there and plenty of reassuring familiar spice flavors.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6415) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2016
From a 75 cl bottle. Caramel aroma. Flavors of cherries and toffee. Sweet.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stevoj (4174) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle share courtesy of Toby. This one didn’t seem to hold up too well in aging. Dark pour with small airy head, seemed kind of flat and dull. Aroma and taste were in the right zone for the style, but it seemed it had started to go down hill, dusty, dirty, funky elements. Too bad...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Banksiz (98) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Slight prune-raisin-molasses nose. Medium sweet with a light bitterness. Medium body, slightly warming as it goes down, Smooth finish with lingering flavor and no residual harshness. Nevertheless, not as playing as the 2011 vintage ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3945) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of belgian yeast with some spices and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma with a sweet malty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (11361) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is brown sugar and dark fruit. Medium mouth, strong brown sugar, raisin, figs, and candy sugar finish. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3697) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Herbal nose with some sweet brown sugar, some light spices and alcohol. Lots of herbal notes to the flavor with roast, some chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and alcohol. I aged this for 2 years in my beer cellar. It did not seem to mellow out to me. There was some malt separation as the 2nd glass was maltier than the 1st.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6206) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle: Purple-black, with a minimal beige head. Cola and cinnamon aroma. Flavour is cinnamon, black cherry, cola... Spicy. Very sweet, and quite tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
750ml bottle - Apart from this being an absolute steal at Trader Joe’s ($4.99 for a 750ml bomber of a BSA?? Where do I get in line!) this is a phenomenal beer and while I haven’t rated it side by side to beers in years past, this one was extremely tasty. Tons of dark pitted fruit in the aroma, lots of mulling spice, Coke mixed with brown sugar...loved it. Lots of clove/all-spice like flavors combined with cherries, plums, Tootsie rolls and toffee with a long, spicy finish. The beer had just the right amount of sweetness left in it to accentuate all these fruit flavors and meld really, really nicely with the spices. Definitely recommended.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (265) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from trader Joe’s (of course). Pours very dark brown. Tan head. Scent is a little boozy, red wine. Taste is a little dark cherry, fig and alcohol. Not sure what this tasted like in 2012 but, its pretty dang good now.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10887) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of NeoHippie2). Cinnamon, pepper, and malt aroma. Black with large tan head. Sweet spicy cinnamon/nutmeg and toffee malt flavor. Very lightly bitter herbal finish. Quite nice - finally a good Trader Joe’s beer.


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