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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The new masterpiece from the Val-Dieu brewery. A very complex and full-bodied beer with a long aftertaste. The brewmaster advises to cellar the beer for a year for it to unfold its full potential.

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3.4
TBone (18547) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2005
Bottled 0,75 ltr (BB 06/2006)
Dark red-brown, firm small tanned head. Nose has fruity malts (plums), paper, hints of alcohol, not very strong nose. Medium-boded. Liqeurish palate. Sugary with dark malts, licorice, cardboard and fruityness (plums, raisins). In the finish alcohol is evident. Warming simple strong abbey ale and it is +27c outside in July when drinking this one!

2.7
Lunkie (1965) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2005
Hop malt aroma. Dark brown red clear colour with good head and lacing. Strong full flavour with malt and hops. Fizzy palate.

3.5
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2005
75cl bottle, cork dated 06/06. Pours dark, with a lot of yeast/protein in suspension...head recedes but nice lace coats the glass...aroma is moderate with some sweet raisin/plum and malt aromas...drinks with a medium body, not thick and not light...fairly sweet but not cloying...flavors include chocolate chip cookies and toasted malt...not too complex, but still well enough...I enjoyed drinking it, although it wasn’t like I got ran over by a car or something(although with this strength I kinda felt like it!)...that’s real awesome the recipe was perfected centuries ago...man, real awesome...and by MONKS too...SHE OUGHT!...solid beer though, really.

3.3
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark mahogany body with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma of caramel,brown sugar, florals, malt, and spicy yeast. Flavor of apple, alcohol, black licorice, and spices.

4.3
egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2005
Cork: 06/06... Poured a very dark brown / red color with a medium sized, light tan, creamy head that left really nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, and caramel. Taste of sweet caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, spicy cinnamon, light warming alcohol, and a silky smooth mouthfeel.

3.6
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
ZBF 2005. Pours dark brown with a cream coloured head. Aroma is spicy and of alcohol. Taste is sweet malty, with notes of prunes. medium bodied, with some alcohol burning.

3.3
Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Brown colour with a baige head. Spicy malty alcoholic aroma and a sweet malty light alcoholic taste. Medium body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.

3.8
DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Oh yeah now this a winter brew.This was quite warming going down.Aromas of winter in a bottle.Nutmeg,coriander and some others I can’t quite put my finger on.Mouthfeel was a little heavy but not brutal.This was very enjoyable and will be getting more.

3.3
JorisPPattyn (10112) - BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2005
Dense off-white head like whipped egg-white; opaque dark brown beer, with orangey shine. Earthy, leafy, mossy nose, but all very subdued. And dark malts, of course, bière Wallonne oblige Mix of cookies and spices, but in a clashing way, alas. I get continously conflicting flavours; generally (quite) sweet, spicey, bitterish, piney. Still, it’s OK, I suppose. Slick, nearly fatty, chewy; sweet aftertaste, liquorice-like. Reasonable winter ale. Not too spicey, just a tad too sweet. And (of course?), lacking character and balance.

3.8
SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2005
O.K. Vail-Dieu Winter, this is rating #10 for you, you’re out on your own now. The Tampa Trader, Matta sent this to me. Thanks Matt! Deep Deep Ruby brown color. Crystal clear and supporting an off-white creamy head that laces with the best of them. The aroma is malty, brown sugar and dried fruits with a vinous complexity. Thick and syrupy, smooth and coating. Sweetness that is strong, just shy of cloying, but tempered with some acidity and spice. Not the complexity and depth of the Trappists, but a good Belgian character to it just the same. A good winter sipper that warms things up nicely.


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