unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright but darker orange color with a huge off-white/almost tan head with good lacing. Aroma cherries, prunes, other fruit and chocolate. The aroma is really great. Flavor is really wonderful. Fruit and wood with an excellent tartness. Some sugar and yeasty spiciness notes as well. Some chocolate in the flavor as well. Nice long finish. A really excellent beer.
shadey (1987) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely deserving of it’s top 25 status. Redish brown color with a beautiful thick creamy head that lasted forever. Flavor had a million tastes to it. Fruits galor. No hint of alcohol. Brilliant.
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a large, beige, foamy head and a sediment-filled, mahogany body. Nose of prunes, caramel, brown sugar and undertones of yeast. Beautifully mellow. Some beers can re-introduce you to a style. I was very much off belgian beers; if I find more like this Grand Cru - I’ll be on a tear! Flavours of fig, vanilla, juniper, caramel and a touch of alcohol. I love this...
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The appearance is a cloudy, darkish red-brown with floating sediments. Strong aromas of chocolate, caramel, and dried fruits (strong cherry, pineapple, and fig). Very dominant cherry flavor with complimentary tones of caramel and coffee. The palate is well-rounded and complex with a carbonated resonance.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: sweet, slightly smokey, cinnamon, cloves and other spices, cherries, plums and other fruits, mint, carmel, brown sugar, and vanilla
Appearance: lacing, off-white head, murky/golden brown
Flavor: strong alcohol flavor, honey, flowers, carmel malts, slight chocolate flavors, sugars
Palate: smooth, carbonated, very sweet/tart aftertaste with slight coffee flavoring
3fourths (8555) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Oh wow this stuff is good. Beautiful nose full of everything that is amazing: sugar, bubble gum, plums, cherries, oak, cinnamon, chocolate, and too much other stuff to figure out. Flavor is a bit spicy, prickling the tongue, with only a small hint of the 10% ABV... sweet plum finish, this one is very impresive, better than the standard Abbaye des Rocs.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(~55 degrees, goblet.) Pours with a rough off white head which lasts for quite a long time. Color iss deep copper/red. Initial aroma is of sharp cherries and sour yeast, some roasted malts and chocolate following behind. Carbonation is quite lively but soft at the same time. Flavors of strawberries, melon fruits (honeydew, it’s there!), honey, just a touch of coffee and roaste barley at the end. A touch of bitterness accompanies. Very warming as you swallow, very relaxing and comforting, yet highly complex and engaging! A masterpiece!
Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big chunky head which dissipates to a fine foam. Foam lasts the duration of the drink. Great carbonation. Aroma of yeast, fruit (strawberries) and some spices. Color is a dark copper. Very creamy in the mouth. Flavor is complex with roasted malts, fruit, honey and more spices. Finish is slightly dry, slightly bitter and coats the mouth. Hints of molasses and bitter almonds in the finish as the description says. Nice alcohol warming as it goes down. A very good belgian.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Initial impression of chocolate and cherries melts into a bouquet of dark fruit aromas, yeast and sweet malt. Deep, dark, rosy orange brown with thick, dense tan head that lasts forever and coats the glass. Yeast in suspension. This is mighty impressive looking in a Trappist glass. Sweet with a restained balancing spiciness. Plums, raisins, honey, caramel. Lightly tart toward the end with a lasting chocolate finish. Incredible smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol not apparent in either flavour or aroma but the warming is there. Bottle (green).
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a nice fluffy head that fades to a thin layer of creamy off white. Aroma of dark fruit and belgian yeast. Flavor is of dark fruit, honey, and a nicely balanced bitterness that keeps sweetness from bogging everything down. The aftertaste is at first much like the primary taste but then a surge of chocolate with a hint of coffee comes from nowhere and lasts for a while. The palate is velvety and smooth with a medium to full body. Very nice. Its a tough call to pick between this and the regular Rocs.