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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang XV pays homage to the great Trappist ales brewed by monks in the Trappist monasteries of Belgium. Created with deep devotion to the brewing art, using the finest ingredients and made with infinite care, XV is unlike any ale we've ever brewed. Even by our exacting standards Ommegang XV stand alone.

Ommegang XV pours a deep walnut hue, with a ruby highlight, full head, and lively carbonation. The nose is malty and complex. Flavors of toffee and chocolate arise, mingling with molasses and caramel as the ale warms. Fruity esters and hints of raisin follow. The body is full and finishes with creamy smoothness.

Added by generallee on 11-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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47
Ratings:
193
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
22.2%
 
 
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Photo of rdilauro
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was nice and dark with a long lasting, no everlasting dirty cream head.
Typical Belgium yeast aroma with some added malts. There was definitely something else in the nose, but I have not been able to identify it.

The taste was soft with some fullness, but not a lot of character.
The aftertaste was the same, soft, some fullness, but nothing really shinning.

It may be just because I am not a big fan of Belgium style beers

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

These damn breweries nowadays know just how to lure in tickers like me: put their bottle in a port-style tin. Dammit. Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of ashy tan foam. The nose comprises fig, light plum, dark fruits, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, clove, and light licorice. The taste is a blast of spice-laden figs and licorice, to the point where it becomes almost painfully monotonous. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough BSDA, but the high concentration of fig and licorice, with little else to distract therefrom, didn't do all that much for me taste-wise. Beyond that, though, this was some enjoyable Belgian-y goodness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours dark brown. Big head. Decent lacing. Head retains for an while.

S-Smells dark and Belgiany. Dried, dark fruits. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Some light chocolatey notes and Belgian yeastiness.

T-The sweet caramel and molasses along with the raisins figs found in the nose. Has some Belgian Stout qualities too.

M-Not thin at all but the body doesn't necessarily match the ABV too well. Soft bubbles.

O/D-Pretty boring. Doesn't taste bad but there at a ton just like it or better for half the price. Save your money.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque black with hints of amber and brown. Very dark for a BSDA. Two fingers of light tan head forms with superb lacing and retention.

S: Quite complex - nothing comes out as overly strong and nothing takes center stage over other flavors. I get a nice plum fruitiness with a bit of prune, but lots of spicy flavors keep this beer from being sweet. I get a spicy, slightly musty oak presence with some nutmeg, peppercorn, and a touch of orange peel. Fortunately the oak adds to the complexity and does not overwhelm.

T: Prunes are now stronger with a solid bitterness for the style which I attribute to the oak. Peppercorn comes out more in the flavor than the aroma, but the other spices are pretty subdued.

M: A touch on the thin side with high carbonation.

O: The aroma is very nice with this beer, but the flavor is a bit dry, bitter, and straight-forward. Still a solid attempt at a BSDA from an American brewery.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the IGA in Potsdam. From notes.

A - Deep brown colour. Strong carbonation. Thick, light brown two finger head. Nice spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Yeast, brown sugar. Alcohol heat.

T - Grape juice, yeast, sugar, alcohol. Nice dark fruit character mixes well with the yeasty elements. Nice.

M - Strong carbonation, full body, very dry finish.

O/D - A nice Quad, but a bit hot and underdeveloped. Less enjoyable than I was hoping given the price tag, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Vixie
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks black when first poured, but when held up to the light, it is a very deep red. Formed quite a bit of a tan head, but I did pour a touch fast. Good looking beer for the style.

Complex smell to it. Mainly a mix of dried fruit and candy. There is raisin in there, as well as toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste is similar to the smell. Starts out a touch sweet, dried fruit like raisins. There is toffee and a touch of chocolate, also a little coffee. Also has a bit of the Belgian candy sugar flavor in it, which I have rarely had in a beer of this style made outside of Belgium.

Very nice feel, goes down smooth as silk.

A really nice beer, but not quite the best of this style I have had. It is very much in the style, except has a little too much bitterness. Still, hard to go wrong with this style, and very much a beer worth checking out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of candi sugar, dry fruits with candy ester is quite sublime. Taste I also a great mix of candi sugar with some dry fruits notes with some candy-like ester and a slight peppery finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great beer and probably something Ommegang can pull out in their sleep.

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Let's start with I'm a die hard stout fan. I thought it smelled fantastic but wasn't impressed with its overall finish. Surprisingly I got it off the clearance rack 4 $10.99. So I thought it was cool. But no where near the rating of outstanding.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Ommegang XV Reserve Ale is an extraordinary and uncommon ale, even by our refined standards. One year in creation-and brewed but once-Ommegang XV Reserve cekebrates fufteeb years if creating fine Belgian style ales. This celebratory ale honors our ancestry, and pays homage to the world's most desired ales- the legendary trappist ales of Belgium. Like the revered trappist ales, Ommegang XV Reserve is brewed with only the finest ingredients and with devotion and care - creating an ale with strikingly complex aromas and flavors. Deep, dark, and elegant, this ale will delight and satisfy todaym and will age gracefully in the cellar." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, available in 750ml. bottles. This is the fifteenth anniversary release from Ommegang.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a tan color over a deep caramel brown body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Smooth Belgian bread malts, caramel syrups, candied sugars, rich dark fruit sugars. Undertones of chocolate and roast are subtle and yet both are unique for this style. A slight tang is possibly the only impact of long-term aging, otherwise this beer smells very promising. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor plays up many different characters for a different experience from the aroma. Soft bread malts, candi sugars, light fruit syrups, slightly tangy with a punctuated yeast spiciness and dry finish. Subtle chocolate and roast comes through brightest in the finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly fruity esters, drying spiciness over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very tasty Belgian Dark Ale, and with a solid malt foundation, generating lots of rich flavors, depth of character and yet a high accessibility, nothing is played up too much. This beer has aged quite well with no major flavor flaws or oxidation present. As a beer, it's not overly memorable, but it does happen to be a solid example of a quality American-brewed dark ale. 3.75

Brewery Ommegang's
XV: 15th Anniversary Ale
/5.00

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle comes inside a black metal cylinder with gold writing. The bottle looks similar. Cheers to 15 years of Ommegang!

A: Pours a beautiful, deep ruby-brown color with a light-tan head. Half a finger of foamy head with some spotty lacing.

S: Distinctive Belgian yeast aroma immediately meets the nose. Musty, earthy, spicy, phenolic. Also strong suggestions of dark fruit: plums, raisins, dark cherries.

T: Similar in most respects to the nose. Sweet malt with the trademark Belgian spiciness from the yeast. Clove, dark fruit, and perhaps some anise/licorice in the finish. Not quite as sweet as many other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have encountered.

M: Full bodied with fairly lively carbonation. Dry finish. The alcohol is hidden well.

O: A solid beer all around. I wouldn't say it is one of Ommegang's best, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

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Photo of corby112
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with plum hues and a one finger beige head that has great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, chalky aroma with dark malt sweetness and estery Belgian yeast notes.  Hints of plum, raisin and fig along with subtle oak, caramel and roasted chooclate malt.

Medium bodied with a dry, slightly chalky texture and a nice balance of peppery spice, sweet and roasted malt and estery dark fruit notes.  Subtle roast with chocolate, caramel and toffee flavor along with faint peppery spice. Lots of dark fruit sweetness on the back end with vinous grape, cherry, currant raisin and plum.  Nicely balanced with a slightly dry finish.  Complex and flavorful with a well masked ABV making it very easy to drink.  Another nice beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of socon67
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown pour with a cola colored foam. Only slight lacing on this. Opaque look and no carbonation.

S - Impressive scents of cherries, plums, and molasses. Esters of belgian yeast give a tangy smell.

T - Sweet flavors of dried fruit, brown sugar, and candied sugar. Finish has a boozy quality that I thought was a bit much. I suspect this improves much more with age.

M - Slightly syrupy thick, and leaves a warming burn as I was drinking this. I could not see having more than a normal pour. It is a dominant style that works best as a cordial or after dinner drink.

O - Enjoyable to try and if I get another bottle I'm aging it a year. With that said I preferred Art of Darkness and other Ommegang limited releases more than this one.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A one-inch, rocky, chestnut head turns creamy as it settles and lingers at a quarter inch. Patchy lace clings above a clear, dark brown to dark copper (SRM 23-25) beer.

Candy sugar immediately jumps off with dark fruits following. The entire pantry of dates, plums, figs, etc. forms a cacophony of malt. Warmth settles this down, presenting cantaloupe and allowing molasses to be discerned.

The flavor is very sweet with cherries up front followed by pomegranate bitterness. Spicy phenols are fruity while the finish is mild and lingering.
The palate is as expected with abundant carbonation and alcohol, while residual sugars lead to a fuller than typical body.

This is a nice sipping beer that can be enjoyed on a cool, shady, Spring day while waiting for guests to arrive.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BryanK for sharing the bottle!

750ml. Cork and caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours out a very dark brown color, almost black, but not necessarily stout black. Some nice ruby highlights when held to the light. A decent 1/4 inch or so worth of tan colored head, big bubbles. Decent retention, but not a whole lot of lacing to speak of.

Some bright plum like fruit aromas with a bit of darker spice.

Again, big on the plum, berry, and maybe a bit of other lighter dark fruit flavors. Lots of nutmeg like spice.

Medium bodied, carbonation is about right for the style.

This beer reminds me a bit of Westy 12, which I wasn't super impressed with based on its ratings. A worthy beer, but maybe not worthy of its rather big price tag.

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Photo of Jonada
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a finger of tan head that settles to a light coating and collar. Leaves some light spotty lacing.

Smell: Dark fruity esters, candy sugar, chocolate, cherries and red apples.

Taste: Sweet ripe dark fruit, raisins, figs, chocolate covered cherries, bread. Just as in the aroma, there's a semi strong red apple character that's noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is both lively and subdued at the same time (if that makes sense). Goes down smooth with the alcohol being well hidden.

Overall: Another really good beer from Ommegang. It doesn't reach the level of some of the traditional Trappist beers, but its a very good American interpretation of a Belgian strong dark ale. Worth picking up a bottle if you can still find it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a faint hint of brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a sticky thin deep beige head that last.

S- The prune esters blend with the classic monastery yeast profile and some dark raw sugar with an odd graphite pencil hint in the finish.

T- dark fruit esters with some spicy phenols in the finish have some faint dark notes of toffee that come through but blend with the other flavors. There is a faint cider-like taste with some treacle notes and a roasted bitter note that lingers for a moment in the after taste.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and a big bit of alcohol warmth growing in the finish.

O- The subtle blend of flavors is mysterious with an interesting character. Age might do interesting things to the yeast character but it is nice with the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a deep brown color with hues of burnt red at the edges of the glass. A one-inch tan head is relatively short-lived. A thin ring of lacing clings to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Fruity on the nose with scents of cherry, grape, and plum. Subtle undertones of yeasty spice. Layered malt scents of cocoa, crust, bakers chocolate, and blackstrap molasses.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast, fruity tastes of figs, dates, raisins, and concord grapes. Malt tastes of chewy blackstrap molasses, cocoa, bakers chocolate, a touch of charcoal, bread crust, toffee, and maybe even a bit of cola. Dries into the finish and ends somewhat abruptly with tastes of faint wood, charcoal, cocoa powder, and subtle fruits.

M: Medium-thick. Nice roundness in the mouth. Slightly chewy. Full. Ample carbonation is moderately aggressive and scrubbing.

O: I have yet to drink an American-made quad that can match the best Belgian examples in quality and complexity, but this is one of the better ones out there. I really dig the packaging. The bottle is handsome and the tin adds that scotch-like sense of elite quality and exclusivity. I have to say though, if it meant knocking a dollar or two off of the $18.99 price tag, I'd lose the tin in a heartbeat. It will probably sell well since it was released during the holiday season, and the enticing packaging makes for a nice-looking gift. But if I'm going the buy someone a quad or big Belgian dark ale for Christmas, I'm still purchasing an import.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bottle packed in handsome tin cannister (like a bottle of single malt Scotch); great packaging and presentation; poured a thin black body of beer into a tulip, kicking up a fat head of tan foam that left behind plenty of lace

S: immediate dark fruit, over-ripe; burnt sugar and roasted malt

T: the soft dark fruitiness from the malts and yeasts is populated by notes of carob and even a little espresso coffee; hints of plum pudding and dry cocoa

M: medium body, thin; sparkle of carbonation, slight coating, well-masked alcohol

O: a good BSDA, with a fairly typical flavor profile; about par for the course for Ommegang, which is to say, they represent the style well and brew with great craftsmanship; an afficionado of the style may respond to this differently, but I found it good, but not noteworthy - the presentation was better than the delivery

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Snifter.

A:Dark with a foamy head that dies down into a foamy lacing

S: Smells of belgian yeast, slightly tart/sour smell. Dark fruit smell( plums, cherries)

T: tastes the same, Yeast, Dark fruit.Doesn't taste tart to me at all. Instead toffee, carmel flavors.

M:The head is very bubbly and crisp, though the body is medium , thinner then i would expect from such a head.

O: overall it's a solid beer. Nice smell , good flavor, But nothing I would buy more then once.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into my Ommegang chalice a deep walnut brown with ruby hue(like the label says)an almost creamy-like beige head atop that leaves one broken ring of lace as it settles slowly.Dark fruit dominates the nose along sweet alcohol.Flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar dominate,some toffee notes and light chocolate in the finish,some alcohol heat becomes more prevalent as it warms more.A nice smooth creamy feel makes it even more decadent.A big sipper on the sweeter side but it's very lush and warming.

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Photo of mntlover
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Treat for the New Year. It pours deep mahogany color nice rich ruby highlights on brown with a darker tan head thumb sized that falls slow to ring that leaves some nice lace down my glass. The tin it comes in adds to appearance for some reason + .5

Aroma is wonderful sweet molasses malt with lots of dark fruits plums, raisins with light spice.

Taste is like the aroma nice sweet malts rich tasting with good dark fruit notes that linger into the finish. Finish is light spice from the yeast cloves good earthy and licorice notes, notes of candy sugars and hints of alcohol in the flavor but no burning.

Mouthfeel is only medium but carbonation is perfect nice and smooth with just an edge to it. Personally find most Belgian to fizzy but this one is nice.

Overall very enjoyable a nice treat if it was 6 or 7 bucks cheaper I would say have a few but at 20 one is my limit.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark opaque brown with a two finger creamy foam head that doesn't last long, but leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell: A lot going on in the aroma. Funky yeast, spices, coffee and fruit aromas. Also a boozy alcohol beneath it all.

Taste: Like it smells. Big flavors of dark fruits, raisins, spices, yeast and dark roasted malts. Also a definite alcohol taste and initial burn. This is a good sipping beer, and at cellar temps it warms quickly and releases the flavors even more. Has a very spiced winter ale flavor to it, with the Belgian yeasts and sugars to keep it firmly in the Belgian Dark Strong style.

Mouth feel: Crisp and sharp, with a little bitterness and bite on the back end.

Overall: Wow. A very flavorful Belgian Dark Strong style for Ommegang's anniversary, and it's perfectly fitting for the brewery. I received this as a gift and planned to cellar it, but I just couldn't wait (which is too bad, this one would probably cellar well and mature nicely over a few years). But the impatience paid off, it was a damn fine ale and I enjoyed it tremendously.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown, two finger tan head

S-Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and yeast.

T-Starts with a lot of dark fruits, roast malt with caramel and chocolate. Real nice balance, rather sweet, not much bitterness and maybe even a tad bit of vanilla.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-Another solid brew from Ommegangg, expensive but worth a try.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/20/2012. Pours very hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, plum, pear, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, plum, fig, pear, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep dark brown with a hint of dark ruby to it, I get a little over a finger of tan head, and a touch of lacing.

S: brown sugar covered raisin, caramel/toffee, a bit of yeast character, but not as much as I expected.

T: brown sugar and raisins with a faint touch of chocolate, some nice caramel/toffe sweetness, but not overwhelmingly sweet, with some apple and pear yeast notes poking through the malt, particuarly toward the finish... Belgian candy sugar. Very tasty.

M: medium to heavy body with medium effervescent carbonation, deffiantly prevents this brew from becoming syrupy, because it is a touch on the aftertaste, leaving a touch of slick sweetness.

O: this is very tasty, almost reminds me of a scotch ale, minus the peaty sometimes found, and with the addition of a Belgian twist. I really enjoyed this one.

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