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RATINGS: 616   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
PsychoGunnar (201) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Smells and tastes less like Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony than the last beer I tasted, but like these sons of Cleveland it creeps up on you: The high alcohol percentage is almost inperceptible behind all the many exciting nuances in the taste and smell. Contains soy, fish sauce, petrol, licorice and several different spices; but is most of all an intense and authoritarian expression which tells me exactly what it wants. Obviously, I too want it.

4.5
strap (912) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2014
Solid beer. Dark and hazy with little head. Nice aroma, sweet and sugary dark cherries and slight peppery finish. Very good

4.5
Sissio (1622) - 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
gunnfryd (14824) - 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
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
blackisle (2527) - 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.

4.5
Lore (2671) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 12, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2017 dark brown colour with reddish notes, large, dense, though not too stable beige-ish head; aroma of dried plum, some raisins, burnt sugar, some anise, vinous notes and hints of herbal notes; taste of burnt sugary bittersweetness, syrupy notes, dried fruits (plum, dried sour cherry, maybe dates, too), anise, some (mulled) wine, herbal notes and spicy alcohol - bottled Christmas feeling

4.4
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
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
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.


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