Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcohol is definately present with a multitude of flavors. It is a good Belgian Strong and I respect it but it does not excite me.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to mwsf. Just tasted like regular Abbaye des rcos, which is a good thing, great fruitcake, spice aroma, great hous yeast. Gotta love this stuff.
bu11zeye (12565) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750 ml bottle) Pours a dark amber/brown color with a gigantic, very long lasting beige head (seemed to last forever, like a root beer float). The body is cloudy with some medium-sized yeast floaties. Has one of the most complex aromas I have experienced; molasses, perfume, light citrus, butterscotch, and much more. Has flavors of butterscotch, banana, and a light cigar aftertaste. Exceptional beer!
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 (2048) - 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 (5050) - 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 (8962) - 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!