JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2010
Very lively dark-beige head over very deep-dark brown beer, with a faint red sheen. Alcoholic nose with nuts and brandy; liquid fruit- or brandycake; cola. Pure liquorice and drop, initially; exaggerated, heated by alcohol. Retronasal again nuts and brandycake, sweetened milk. Vinous and alcoholic. Huge alcoholwarming. Rather well-carbonated for such a massive ale; viscous-slick. Strong and dark indeed. Well-crafted, technically. Not bad at all (for sipping). But as to original... MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
My Bottom Line:77ships (9646) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2013
Plums and raisins move into alcohol heat and light chocolate in this fruity Quad-like beast of a sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy purplish-brown.
-Like most Belgian Strong Ales, the mouthfeel is lean yet the beer has a somewhat sugary finish.
-The flavor profile is quite similar to a Scotch Ale’s (but not the mouthfeel).
-The soft effervescence and controlled alcohol heat give this beast an air of elegance.
-Notes of rum and vanilla also appear.
Bottle, as Bink Grand Cru.
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2014 Thx! to Kraddel & Kogymo. 75 cl. bottle split by 2. American export version labelled as “Bink Grand Cru”. Very likely a vintage but an unknown one. Pours black with a small but small mocha head. Nose carries a light oxidation note but absolutely nothing is off here, boozy in a highly enjoyable way with lots of chocolate, very thick malts, syrup, light dark wood, molasses, light dark nuts, faint liquorish, very concentrated fruits, this feels almost BA, very nice. Taste is carries also a light a light oxidation note but nothing off here either, very heavy in a great way, lots of malt, liquorish (light), very think malt, wood, boozy in a phenomenal & complementary way, touch molasses, very thick, concentrate of dark dried fruits, faint caramel & black chocolate, light liquorish, brown sugar, faint yeast. Very thick & low carb. This is impeccable in every way & can easily stand ground with the best. A revelation here. tderoeck (9480) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2010
75cl exclusive brew
Darkbrown to black in color. A brown firm yet fine head. Very much roasted smells. Sweet full taste, yet a bit too much roast to my personal flavour. Bitterdry afteraste with a little sweet and a lot of burned malt. Had it as an aperitive, but it’s definitely more of a dessert beer. onceblind (9430) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2010 bottle. Black pour with a sticky sweet dark malt nose with some cocoa booziness and caramel and brown sugar. Lovely nose indeed. Rich flavor that’s boozey sweet and chocolates/caramelly with a big raisin and toffee biscuit undertone. Really amazing. Really full and conplexly sweet with a good dose of raisins and dates.
jmgreenuk (9326) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle at the Jim goes to Malaysia tasting, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is rich liqourice treacle. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich sweet malt, alcoholic bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. daniele (9021) - ITALY - DEC 13, 2009
scura non molta schiuma discreta persitenza nasa malti tostati caffe frutta matura in bocca attacco dolce ma bilanciato da tostaure e luppolo che non sono marcati lasciando una lunga nota finale di liquirizia solidfunk (8838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Some dark plum and light smoke. Floral aromas. Thick consistency. Finishes sweet. Light caramel, perhaps a little too boozy and syrupy for my liking. Bottle pour from 2010 at Churchkeys 5th anniversary. Hansen (8587) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2012
Heavy sweet, sugars. Colour is dark brown, unclear. Head is light brown. Aroma has sweet notes of soy sauce, roasted bread, alcohol, perfumed. Flavor is heavy to harsh sweet. Warming alcohol. Syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Svesse (8580) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2012
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Black colour with lasting, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with caramel, dried fruit, dark treacle, raisins and a touch of alcohol. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, dried fruit, chocolate, liquorice, anise and a sweet finish with a warming touch of alcohol. Full body, smooth mouthfeel. Fairly sweet. It’s a bit over the top and fairly powerful, but on the other hand quite tasty and irresistible. Very nice beer!