drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle (2009) into an abbey glass. Pours cloudy reddish-brown with chunks floating all over the place. The aroma is sour Belgian with a backing hint of caramel, biscuit, and nuttiness. The flavor is extremely sweet with brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of sour laced with copper. The body is medium and the carbonation is high.
jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
07 @Tampa Wkly Gathering @tpd975s-750ml bottle-pours a tan head and copper color. Aroma is fruit, sweet medium malt. Taste is fruit-cherry, sweet medium malt, wood, alcohol.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
07 bottle. POurs brown with large white head. Nose is fruits, cherry, toasted malts, booze and candy. Flavor is sweet sugar, spices, flowers, sweet fruits.
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/2007 cork as Val Dieu Winter.
Pours dark brown, off white head.
Aroma of dark fruits, candi sugar, malty.
Flavor, malty and dark fruits; currants/prune , pronounced sweetness/sugar, yeasty, med-high carbonation. Flavorful, dark fruits really come forward and the finish remains sweet with warming abv.
mixos (154) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice beer at all. Nice brown/reddish body with a thick foam head. Aromas of roasted malts, fruits, caramel, some spicies. Taste is mostly yeasty and malty with hints of fruits, brown sugar, alcohol and caramel. Full body and very nice finish, sweet and long lasting.
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a monster sized bottle at Darkness Day. Pour is lovely dark brown with a thick tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is that of roasted malts, caramel, candy sugar, alcohol and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet and alcoholic but decent. Palate is a bit boozy and a little thin but solid. Overall its a solid beer.
Alex420 (48) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 27, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
tap@ Hold’em pub
Tapped terribly. Ultragassy.
The smell of the pub is strong, but you get some faint belgium Abbey yeast aromas. Thank god for the alcohol content.
Unfortunately, althought the publican just put a new KEG on and is really sure of his beer, oxidation has taken place during the long hot summer spent in a hot warehouse, thank god for the alcohol that just saves it. Although watery and spent, you still get some fruit notes ranging from peach to apricot, but still to faint to recall the the belgium beer drank there.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice complexity. The beer has a nice sweet aroma of roasted malts, and spices. The beer tastes like it smell but with a bit of a chocolate flavor. The beet has a great alcohol content to go with the spices that would make it a good winter warmer
probstblueribbon (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Bieropholie, shared with Phil, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. OC 10/09.
App.: Very deep ruby/brown, clear, greyish, off-white head.
Aroma: Yeasty, deep, rich, slightly spicy malts, lots of dried fruits, strong citrus, a bit of alcohol.
Palate: Medium body, soft effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of rich chocolate, fruits, malts, nice citrus, thick and rich; quite sweet with a touch of bitterness, nice fruity malt finish, a little alcohol.
Really nice stuff!
tomthompson89 (1981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
darker color nice beige head nose is sweet like dried fruit and spice. flavor is raisin and malt with some good booze in there. flavor sticks around on the palate