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Review by Westside Threat on 12/25/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 3 10 0
A: Spirited carbonation had a premature hand in getting this beer out of the bottle. Pour produces a towering, mashed potato like head with a whipped caramel appearance. Body is thick, muddy, cloudy. Total opacity, it might as well be a solid material. Intensely dark brown in color with perhaps some mahogany highlights…hard to tell in this lighting though.

S: First aroma to hit the nose is clove. Next comes anise, brown turkey fig, nutmeg, ginger, bakers chocolate and some lemon on the highs. Smells great.

T: First flavors are a lot like it smells. Anise, clove and nutmeg are the first flavors through with sweet and balanced dark fruits right on the heel. The more I sip it, the more licorice I taste. There’s a spritzy tropical sweetness of the likes of mango, banana and guava to found as well. Interestingly enough, there’s a fine undercurrent of an almost smoky bakers chocolate which is almost transparent unless you are focusing on it. Little but of nutty almonds, raisins and saturated prunes are next with profound alcohol esters following suite. Finishes juice and malty with tobacco, old plums and burn brown sugar.

M: Medium body with a soft mouth feel.

D: The first few sips, I really wasn’t that impressed. Just another dark Belgian beer is what ran through my mind. But the more I drank it, the complexity of this beer really began to show itself. I really enjoyed this. It definitely stood out against the other beers in this style.

Served In: Tulip