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Review by tavernjef on 09/30/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2010
Gorgeous deep dark rosey brown color thats nice and syrupy thick, a gigantor speckled marshmellowy thick head that looks a bit like pureed bananas sits tall and mighty. Its slower than slow to settle, if ya can call it that, it takes an awful long time to move, but once it stops it stops at just under a finger high and maintains a murky frappacchino crown the whole glass down. The lacing sticks all over the place in thick patchy curtains; the pinnacle of a great looking beer!

Aroma has a considerately yeast filled, softly spiced top with an underlying dulled dark citrus and tropical fruitiness with some banana, pear, and a bit of lemon. Alcohol presents itself at first as well but seems to dissapate as it warms where the yeasty spicyness really becomes dominate bringing out some gingerbread and corriander.

Fantastic structure of fairly strong and pleasant flavors with a super fine showmanship of soft, well rounded fruitiness up front bringing a small brigade of banana, lemon, red apple, and fig. Fairly smooth with a stable maltyness and calming fuzzy full roundness in the front. In the middle some soft caramel sneaks around the corners as it begins to fade off towards the finish the spices and yeast kick in with a bit of singe on the back of the throat and some hop bite adds some dryness floating off late with wood and spice. I really liked the way it starts soft and fruity and takes its time to build into the spicy finish, very nice.

Feel has a good fuzzy/fluffy carbonation and texture that comes across the whole way through. Has a bit of crispness and dryness in parts just before the finish, but mostly the malts surge in a gradual smoothness as it goes down with yeasty spices grabbing around the edges; considerably exquisite drinkability with this first-rate ale. Yum! I think I'll have another thank you.

Served In: Goblet

Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 15 4 8 2010
33cl Bottle
$4.49
Sam's Downers Grove

As I slowly open this beer I stop. I can see it's going to be a gusher. I let some of the excess carbonation free before fully opening it. Oerbier poured with a dark cola looking body. Ruby highlights when held to the light. Strong bursts of carbonation rise through the highlights. Beige head formed on the pour that quickly faded to a ring around the glass.

Unique aromas coming from the depths of this brew. Dark sticky aromas. Rum soaked raisins, figs, dates and brown sugar. Toasted maltiness along with a moderate alcohol spiciness.

Toasted maltiness starts things off. This beer gets much better as it warms. Actually tastes like candi sugar was added to raise the alcohol. Same flavors as in the aroma but melded together to the point where it's difficult to pick one from the next. Actually finishes with a mild leafy hop bitterness.

High carbonation makes this beer super airy and creamy when it hits the palate. Body is on the lighter side of medium.

This is a solidly drinkable beer. One bottle is good for now but that's mostly because of the style. Very enjoyable.

Another solid brew from De Dolle. Very unique and interesting. I can't recall too many BSDAs using candi sugar but maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention.

Reviewed: 7/2/07

Price: $4.49 Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
Review from 02/01/07

A - Pours a deep brown color that is opaque and not permitting any light through it. Big soapy looking light brown head is receding at a slow, steady rate.

S - Sweet dark fruits. Nutty. Big sweet malts. Slight sour berry notes. A bit spicy with a touch of nutmeg.

T - Starts with those dark fruit and big sweet malt notes. Cherries and raisins. I get soms toffee with a hint of spiciness. Then I am overtaken with a big sour, almost lymon note that rides through to the end. Sour raspberries maybe. Truly unique and I really am digging it.

M - Medium bodied with crisp, slightly fuzzy carbonation.

D - Unique take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I really really like this one and will have to pick some up to see how well they age.

Served In: Pint Glass

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