As the color already suggests, the wine is initially dominant on the nose. The aroma is pleasantly sweet (almost syrupy) with many different fruits such as red berries, ripe mealy apples and grapes. The wine is relatively heavy, but still not overpowering. A slightly musty component follows, as well as leather. Delicate oak notes build up in the background. After a while, sweet cherries emerge and the spice of the oak intensifies. Dark chocolate and Mon Chéri pralines are coming. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, but brings a light freshness with an association of citrus fruits and a hint of menthol.
Heavy and very sweet, the malt spreads in the mouth. The fruits come through immediately. I am reminded of (straw)berries, cherries and raisins. The taste quickly becomes slightly bitter with dark chocolate and fine oak notes. The alcohol is not too hot on the tongue either, but it does tingle a bit on the tip of the tongue. After a few seconds, a slight sharpness fills the entire mouth. This reminds me more of a peppery spiciness than of sharp alcohol.
The finish is pleasantly long and warming. The sweetness decreases surprisingly quickly, a slight dryness spreads on the palate. Almond cookies and dark chocolate follow. Then the bitterness comes through again, which increases with time. The fruits are in the background.
The aroma remains very sweet, but the aromas no longer appear so heavy and compressed on the nose. Already in the nose I clearly have the ripe cherries and a hint of vanilla. It is also a little less heavy on the tongue and stimulates the flow of saliva. In the finish, the sweetness lasts much longer and is accompanied by cappuccino, pastries and cherries.