Thank goes to Justen Parris for buying me this one last Thursday night at Ribco.
Appearance: Rich dark red color with a touch of amber as it is held up to the light. There is minimal head, that started large but immediately dissipated. The darkness of this beer made transparency minimal, but some clarity remains. The consistency of this beer looks to be very thick and full bodied.
Aroma: Amazingly potent in estery profile with robust notes of cherries and distinguishable chocolate malt. Specifically it is the rich grain roasted malt that takes a foundational status among the layers of flavor.
Taste: There is sweet dried fruit to taste reminiscent of mellow grapes without the tartness. There is a flavor in here that reminds me of an Organic Australian Wine I picked up in Hunter Valley that maintained a chocolate grape-ness to it. I also find plum fruit and cane sugar that makes for a drying taste in the back of the throat. The roasted malt gives an impression of molasses that mingles well into the sweetness. Finally the Chocolate and cherries mentioned in the aroma is consistent throughout, especially in the midtaste.
Mouthfeel: Alcohol makes for a drying sensation in the aftertaste, almost port like in character. Full bodied and moderate to high carbonation. Sticky finish that merges with a dry mouth. Warming fruit diacetyl characteristics.
Overall Impression: A fantastic sipper. This is a beer that could certainly get me into understanding and appreciating the Belgian side of beer. One of the best Belgians I've had.