Additional notes 11/27/22 (pictured):
Dark, rich cherry notes abide with great depth and an insanely drinkable 10.5%. Notes below refer to me adding it to the beer advocate.com website back in 2006.
Original notes 12/02/06
I am adding this beer since I feel sure it is a “new” version of the Winter offering from Val-Dieu.
Beautiful pour with initially what looks like an almost black pour, but becomes more brown as the contents of the Val-Dieu chalice are emptied. Nice head, good sticky lacing and plenty of that spotty, creamy head that you are looking for in the style.
Aroma is yeasty alcohol, almost “meaty”! Tastes reflect a typical, high quality Belgian Dark/Quad. Layer after layer of alcohol, dark plummy and fig based fruits. Candied sugar and yeasts back up the package. Full and silky mouthfeel – absolutely perfect. Soft and smooth, it exudes and feels like a wonderfully quality product.
Drinkability is OFF the chart for me! I could drink this in pints (at least for about 30 minutes) before I fell over. The 750 mL bottle has disappeared in minutes! GULP!