Poured into the St. Bernardus chalice, I wanted to give this a full chance to breathe and release those deep aromas. Burned orange color, obviously zero head and zero lacing. Slightly viscous, liquor like appearance, again as expected.
Aroma is all fruity alcohol. The alcohol is the main component (not exactly a surprise), but this is coupled with some deep, soft fruits like plums and prunes.
The taste is basically sherry like. The alcohol is surprisingly muted compared to the aroma. Obviously a massive heavyweight, this demands simple, low volume sipping at the very end of an evening. You could easily share a 12 oz bottle between two or even three friends and still appreciate this beer.
Mouthfeel is slick, but oddly seems to have a little carbonation.
The drinkability is difficult to pin down since I can’t imagine anyone drinking more than one of these in any one sitting, and indeed this is probably a very, very ocassional drink under any circumstances. Having said that I liked it, and it went down easy so I categorize it as being drinkable.
Another DFH ground-beaker.