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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 advices to cellar the beer for a year for it to unfold its full potential.

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (1348) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUN 14, 2015
Clear red copper with some suspensions, cream head. Caramel malts, riped yellow fruit, passito wine, honey, raisin, toffee. Rich complex taste with raisins, passito wine, caramel toffee notes and light butter ending with woody notes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (14259) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 18, 2016
KRS/KØLF 020116. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, sugar, yeast, malt. Flavour is cellar notes, fruit, dried fruits, apple, alcohol, caramel, candis sugar, spices, grain. Full body. Very nice beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lautje_ftw (11) - - OCT 21, 2016
Wow this beer is great. Easily among the big dark beers like Chimay Blue. The beer pours a nice dark brown colour. By the smell you can tell it will be a nice, smooth, creamy taste, rich of red fruits. The taste is as expected, but better. Very smooth, creamy. A bit sour with big hints of red forrest fruits and oak like a good merlot wine. Also hints of dark chocolat, roasted malt make the beer more complete.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackisle (2167) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
Bottle 75cl. [bought 12/2014, bbd 04/2016], poured into a trappist glass. Deep ruby brown, small frothy beige head, diminishing slowly, a small creamy layer remains, light lacing; sweet malty nose, rich, delicate and vinous aroma, roasted malts, caramel, candy/brown sugar, candy syrup, cinnamon, dried dark fruit notes; very smooth taste, heavy sweet, ever so slightly bitter, roasted malts, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, touch of chocolate, alcohol, all elements that continue in the aftertaste, additional a light bitter note, spicy and licorice notes, warming alcohol; full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation; well-balanced, rich, round and complex, excellent stuff, the best Val Dieu can deliver.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
"Poured dark brown with red edges, light brown head solid lacing. Aroma was of spices (coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon). Flavor was was sweet caramel spices and dark fruits. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Solid beer."

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 19, 2007
750ml bottle, with 09/08 on the cork. Pours a dark brown that’s nearly black, with crimson highlights. The head peaks at about one finger, and fades very slowly to a thick cap that remains throughout the entire beer. Lacing is a thick sheet, almost completely covering the inside of the glass. Smell; lots of dark fruits with dates, plums and a little bit of some figs. Some bready malts are present along with candied sugar and a little bit of vanilla. Taste; the fruits are just as prevalent in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Plums, figs and dates are all there as well as a touch of cherries. The candied sugar adds a nice, but not cloying sweetnees, and the yeasts add a bit of a dying chalkiness. A peppery spiciness mixes very nicely with a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthfell/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice smooth carbonation, and the drinkability would fantastic if the alcohol was not so high.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2007
An opaque ebony-amber. A sip, a flush of memories over my mind, as I remember what it was like in my beer aficionado days of two years ago. All those memories of travelling cities, tasting the malts... this beer did for me what fine food and drink is supposed to do -- complement new experiences, and remind you gregariously of the old.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ingy (100) - candler, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2007
big bottle. brown wih off-white frothy head, nice lacing. Not much aroma, but flavors ofdulce de leche, creme brulee, dark fruits, sweetness. Wow. Hides the alcohol well. Delicious! Who can cellar this for any length of time? An exceptional beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillKismet (3881) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 Murky scotch amber with thin cream covering. Wonderful yeast zest kisses the nose with some flanders sours and farmhouse notes. One of the most olfactorily intriquing brews since my last Fantome Black Ghost experience several years back. Flavor is certainly not a letdown. Heaven meats farmhouse. Complex yeastiness with viscous malty greatness and touches of saison & flanders. Light chocolate and cherry-apricot., rather sweetish candi malts. Dazzling array of aromas and flavors that meld and play of each other in symphony. The sum is greater than the parts.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Pours clear brown with a thin white head. Caramel and acetone aroma. Lots of heat. This is big. Tongue-drying. Thick syrup. Huge caramel. Excellent long mouth-coating sweetness throughout. The sweet flavors are less candy and more honey and nectar.


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