BO 15/03/2016;Strong association at Belgian Strong Dark Ale;brow sugar, caramel, dry fruits like prunes & sweet cherries, sweet bread, very soft spiciness, raisins, vinous hints, subtle cherry like liquor, candy stick, hints of cocoa powder and chocolate
Near black with no head. Aroma of big oxidization, sherry type notes, overripe dark fruit, dried fruits, caramel, raisins, fudge and malt. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours muddy dark brown with a big brown fizzy head. Aroma is dark fruity, oaky, licorice, yeasty, brown sugar, malts. Taste is dark fruity, licorice, dry oak, chocolate, tannins, malty, brown sugar, yeasty.
Can't remember where I bought it, but it was a while ago and it has been aging nicely/going off in my cellar/cupboard. Slow burner on opening, but was pretty lively and soon overflowed. Dark brown/very dark red colour with gold bubbly head. Aroma is lots of dark fruits, sweet booze, slightly herbal. Not as full on as expected. Maybe the age has faded it, but smells lovely and subtle. Taste is lovely too. Caramel creamy, lots of fruit again. Sort of get the calvados apple booziness coming up towards the end. Finish is sweet, black treacly and long lasting. Touch of spice and liquorice too. Quite thick and full bodied. Really nice.
Bottle shared @ jbrus’s place. Aroma has oak, a hint of smoke and calvados. Sweet flavor with caramel, candy sugar, oak, dried fruit and mustard. Vinous aftertaste with porto. An amazing complexity in this great beer. 2005 bottle, tasted 25.12.16. Vinous aroma with red fruit and balsamic vinegar. Velvety sour flavor with red fruit, balsamic vinegar and licorice. Amazingly complex. Soft. Not a trace of alcohol.
Bottle @ home, 2011 vintage. Very dark colour. Beige head with some retention. Aroma's: sweetish, dried fruits, caramel/molasses, none of it overly strong. Retronasal it's light sweet, herbs, light wood. Flavour is light moderate sweet with some wood and light fruity sourness. Medium bodied. Finishes with some wood, dark malt and fruit (raisins) and mild bitterness. Nice enough, but past its prime (but I guess that's my own fault for keeping it in the cellar too long).
330ml bottle, 2015 vintage, BBD 30/11/2012. Massive thanks to cgarvieuk for the bottle, cheers Craig! Pours hazy very dark brown with a very thin beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, light spicy dried fruits, brown sugar. Taste follows suit, sweet, fruity, plum, cherry, raisin, brown sugar, caramel, spices, just the slight alcohol taste, a little warming, it does not seem as high as 10% though. Full bodied, soft carbonation. This is a bloody good beer, complex and well balanced. Never had a fresh bottle to compare to but it would seem this has aged incredibly well.
Bottle, vintage 2011. Color: Very dark ruby, thin mocha head. Taste: Roasted malt, moderate sweet, lightly bitter. Notes of caramel, dark red fruit, raisins. Notes of wood, booze and hints of calvados coming in towards the finish. Boozy, moderate sweet long lasting finish. Just above medium body, average carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Pretty complex, nice balance, nice barrel aging. Very good but not top of the top in my opinion.