Pours an opaque, deep dark brown with a slightly off white head that slowly grows to be over five inches thick. Over the course of a few minutes it slowly recedes to a creamy looking cap on top. Lovely looking beer.
Lots of the typical notes are here, doughy and yeasty malt flavors, backed by a general sweetness and mild booziness, rum raisin cake, a deliciously deep and sweet savory note, maybe dark chocolate covered dried dark fruits. Spices abound, hard to pick them apart, but you can always expect cloves and just a hint of licorice.
The taste absolutely follows the nose, but the way it does it is what makes this such an experience to drink. You get hints of rum soaked, moist raisin cake. Spices hit you soon after and meld seamlessly, cloves nutmeg and licorice are notable here. Deliciously yeasty and toasty caramel malts can be tasted throughout the sip and become quite notable at the end, augmented by the spices and sweetness. Some dark cherry notes here and caramelized banana.
Long and complex finish, which is mostly dry and fairly sweet. More lively carbonation than you might expect, but the carbonation is quite fine. Creates a creamy sip on the way down and prickles at your tongue. ABV% is slightly more noticeable than some other high alcohol beers, but it’s still masked well and the way you feel it with the flavors and adds to your taste perception is a plus.
We highly recommend this for anyone who loves any Belgian, or European beers. Or honestly, anyone who likes beers at all. It’s a must try!
Review source: Beeradvocate.com