Bottle shared. Dark brown color, full sized mocha colored head. Aroma and flavor malts, sweet, lightly raisins, some light sourness in there. Hmm not a fan. 6-3-6-3-11.
Bottle shared. Pours a clear, deep brown with a full 2 fingers of foam. Big nose of red currants, dates, plum and toffee. Booze is hidden really well with a complex bit of oaky wood and dark, late summer fruit. Smooth and finishes with more fruit and light booze. Very nice.
Bouteille 750ml, 2012, gracieuseté de SebD lors du CanBIF Spring 2016, Thanks Sébastien! Couleur brune très foncée opaque, mousse moka laissant un anneau sur les parois du verre et une dentelle éparse. Arôme de cerise noire, malt, madérisation, sherry. Goût de malt caramélisé, café, fruits confits, légère amertume, sucré. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps moyen-dense.
Bottle @ The Baroness. Pours dark brown with small foamy beige head, faint caramel aroma, high carbonation, taste starts with sweet molasses and roasted malt flavors, followed by medium bitterness, long syrupy finish. A tad too sticky sweet but still nice.
Bottle from Hegedorn’s. Fruity nose, grapes, chocolate, caramel, coriander maybe. Quite fruity, citrus, grape, cherry. Flavor like a spicy brownie, with tangy fruits. A bit too much spice, and the body rather thin. I was really excited about this, but although nice enough it came nowhere close to my expectations.
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Raisin, dark sugars and lots of yeast. Cloudy jet brown with a beige full head. Raisin, fig, dark molasses a little alcohol. Well balanced and very nice, alcohol is in check.
Bottle from backlog. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of plum, fig, dark fruit, bready chocolate, vanilla and some grape. Full bodied.
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 11/15/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the thick head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, plum, apple, pear, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast ester notes with a good dark malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, plum, pear, molasses, toast, clove, pepper, bubblegum, dark bread, chocolate, dark candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light and dark fruits, molasses, dark candi sugar, toast, dark bread, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity ester flavors with a big dark malt backbone; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale. Great complexity and balance of fruity ester and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.
Bottle. Cherry, prune, yeast, and vanilla toffee malt aroma - exquisite. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet cherry, prune, and strong brown sugar malt flavor. Hint of alcohol in the finish but doesn’t seem anywhere near 10.5%. Delicious.
750 at home in a Bordeaux glass at cellar temp (60F). Best before 10-15-2014. Poured a dark brown to black. No head at all, nice whisp cork pop on the opening. This smells wonderful. Tons of candied sugar, lots of dark fruits, hint of grapes and citrus. it has this sort of fernet branca taste. Like a dessert liquor. Burn in the chest. Raisins, figs and mint. Hint of peaches and plums. Very nice!!!