aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big vinous and sweet nose, prominent dark fruits and candy sugar on the palate with a soft and inviting mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth increases as the temp also does. Nice raisins and dates finish with a lingering sweetness.
jsquire (4123) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown beer with a foamy beige head and lots of sugar and dark fruit in the nose. I got lots of chunks in the bottom of the bottle. This beer has a huge mouthfeel with very fruity plum and raison flavors and a syrupy sweetness. Not what I expect from a "triple" but I have to learn to check here first for style.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark redish brown with a tan foamy head. There are a lot of little bits of yeast floating around that takes away from the appearance. Malty, fruity aroma of figs, raisins, cherry, caramel, spices, and fruit bread. Very thick, full of flavor, and warming as it goes down. There are a lot of fruits in the flavor - mostly fig and cherry. Has a honey, nutty taste with a sligtly sour finish. Great mouth feel - lively carbonation, but not overly so.
Sammy (11076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a complex beer, though it tasted primarily of rich malt, carmel, brown sugar and molasses, honey and spices(nutmeg,allspice) in the background. Cherry, fig, Full foamy pour, goes down easy and popular, on the high alcohol and very sweet side.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber with a inch of golden foam. Lots of happiness in this aroma with some exotic ruits:dates,really ripe bananas and some exotic aromatic spices.A very nice brew.This is one of my favorite breweries.Great lingering flavor.
ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 Pt. 9.4 fl. oz. Best before 2008
Poured into Trappist glass. Thick white-chocolate head sits atop cloudy ruby/mahogany body. Fair carbonation. Cloudier toward middle, thick enough to block light. Dramatic malty notes; bruised fruits; figs. Some alcohol to the nose, but not enough to let you know its a 10 percenter. Rich and bready. Notes of nutmeg? Dessert sweet.... desert suite? Then the bitter cherry finish to balance (though not quite). Cobwebs of lacing slowly drizzle down the glass.
I’d have another without a doubt. Not quite as good as the des Rocs Brune.
Purchased at Green’s on Ponce in ATL. $6.95.
bu11zeye (12697) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750 ml bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma of plums, dates, Christmas fruit cake, caramel, vinous, orange peel, and honey. Malty base flavor with dark fruits, bread, and spices. Smooth texture with a somewhat bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Best by 2008, Sampled September 2005
This beer is incredibly well carbonated, which produces a pale tan colored head that is two fingers thick and a layered lacing as I drink from my glass. The beer is a hazy amber color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is rich and malty, and I mean rich and malty. Notes of concentrated caramel, rich toffee, a backdrop of fruits like cherry and fig. What an olfactory experience, definitely take a minute to enjoy the aromatic notes coming off this beer.
The beer is quite dry up front, almost surprisingly so, but it quickly moves to a full sweet flavor that dominates the beer through to the finish. There is a nutty, almond note here, think of Amaretto, that really comes out with the sweetness. I also get hints of cherry, vanilla, toffee, caramel, clove. The finish has a light astringency to it that is quickly followed by a light bitterness that makes a faint attempt at balancing the sweetness. This beer is definitely quite rich, and actually has quite a similar flavor profile to the other beers I have had from this brewery. It is perhaps a bit too sweet though, which seems to drown out what might otherwise be a pretty complex beer. Though it is certainly is drinkable, almost as an after dinner desert.
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jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a one and a half-finger light head. There are none of the floaties of the Brune and Grand Cru. Aroma of coriander, plum, cola, and alcohol. Very sweet flavor, with a plum and candy sugar beginning, nutty middle, and sweet, long-lasting finish. Good. Thinner than other Abbaye des Rocs offerings, but very spritzy. Excellent autumn beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours burgandy with a great lasting head, small bubbles. Aroma is quite mild, but so complex- bready, doughy base with the perfect balance of sweet floral redolance. Taste is big belgian malts, plumb, raisin, and honey. Finish is dry and spiced as it should be, but balances with the stickiness of the malt. Huge floaties, but yeast presence is balanced and perfect. Quite a beer!