detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very strong head, well carbonated. Malt & chocolate sweetness balanced by a cirtic fruitiness. Alcohol in the finish, but not unpleasent. Better than their blond 8, in my (worthless) opinion. Lighter than other dark Trappists and satisfing.
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge white head that takes a while to get out of my way. Aroma is crisp and spicy. Slight malt and caramel in the smells as well. Sweet candy sugar with some malt and slight red fruit flavors. Finish has the tiniest bit of alcohol as it dissipates. Nice smooth, complex beer.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a hint of red with a huge slowly dissapating head. Citrus with a bit of bubblegum aroma. Carmel and clove flavors with a slighty dry finish.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy brown with a trace of copper color. An inch or so of creamy beige foam sits on top - good head retention. Thick foamy lacing throughout the glass. Sweet dark malt in the aroma - with fruit and toffee and caramel.
Sweet malt in the flavor, with brown sugar, stone fruit, toffee, and a littel chocolate. The finish is much the same, plus a little yeast and a hint of dryness like wheat malt. The aftertaste is less sweet and quite pleasant.
Enjoyed at cellar temp in a stemmed Abbaye de Rocs goblet. This beer is gently carbonated with a smooth character.
thewolf (12131) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours muddy orange brown with a very large, very creamy white (with yellow and brown notes) head. Aroma is sweet, some caramel, some cranberries - nothing that is easy to discern. Powerful taste, some peppery notes, vinious (but not too much), a sherry-like finish. Good, but not magnificent.
Stew41 (1941) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 This baby rounds out my trappist tasting. Chocolate brown in colour with a medium strength off-white head of good body and massive thick lacing. Chocolate and malt nose shows good balance. Ok if not great. More chocolate on the palate. Fairly simple flavour profile yet quite effective. Fizzy palate :) (e3.50 @ Bier Circus),
bb Jan 2010 (consumed Aug 2011)
Remains faithful to my previous tasting of a fresh bottle. The chocolate is very good and shows no signs of abating. Still very clean and fresh. Some aniseed and peaty notes to finish. Plenty of fizz, perhaps bordering on too much. Should drink 24 months past BB with ease. Score as per fresh bottle.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Received this bottle from Matt at Riversbend - Thanks. The pour is copper with a very large amount of head. The smell is sweet, some fruity notes, dark fruits, maybe even some sort of banana smell as well. I note maybe some caramel notes in there as well. The taste is leaving me with a little to be desired, but still not bad. The taste is sorta smooth, with only hints of the above mentioned flavors. Enjoyable.
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bitter Virtue, BB Apr 08. Reddish brown, long lasting head. bready, caramel and raisiny aroma. Slightly sweet as would be expected with all the malty stuff going on but good earthy hoppiness in the finish and slight tartness to the yeast help balance it out. Pretty good.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a soft off-white head. This beer really kept the head alive, never looked flat. Starts with a kinda dark fruity, molasses, and caramel malt taste. Lingering spice throughout with a smooth mouthfeel, dry finish, and light sourness. Very nice beer with a ton of flavor that changes as this beer warms. By the last sips more of a earthy and musty notes were coming out in the finish accenting the light sourness and blending with the yeast spiciness.
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 33cL bottle from the abbey. Same outstanding quality as the blond includigng the explosive carbonation. Great trappist beer and definitely a beer worth trying to find.