11.2 oz stubbie bottle. The label has been modernized significantly since the one in the current BA database picture.
Poured into the Brasserie de Abbaye des Rocs chalice, the body is dark and cloudy (Dubbel look) with a small head and little lace.
Wonderful aroma breaks free from the bottle. Dark fruits, sweetness and yeast overtones envelop the beer and this is coupled with a little lingering alcohol. The alcohol IS well hidden (after all it is a 10% beer), but it still finishes with a bit of a kick and some drying, harsh bitterness.
This is not quite a smooth as others in the style, it is really a grown up Belgian Strong Dark – it’s a bit too edgy, a bit too strong and a bit too bitter. Nice, but a Belgian for the experienced rather than the novice.