TorbenH (901) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the finest belgian beers available. Dark brown colour. Lasting head. Malty and complex taste. Maybe its better than Rochefort.
imdownthepub (10874) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned at The Oude Arsenaal, Antwerpen. Dark brown with tan head. Sweet malty beer with a prune like hint and a spicey undertone. Chalky mouthfeel with some coffee and a alcohol nose.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with ruby hues and a thick tan head. Nose is yeast and dark fruit (raisin and plum). Flavor starts spicy with notes of plum and red grape turning lightly tart and finishing kinda dry with a touch of prune. Nice but pricy.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured murky brown with then tan head...smelled sweet and raisin like...tasted all earth fruits, like a thin and less sweet DFH Raison D’etre...medium mouth feel...finish wasn’t as cloying as the DFH though...disappointing...this really made me think it was a DFH spritzer...like I put club soda in one...
hopdog (9391) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark, murky, reddish brown with an averaged sized tan head. Initially, lots of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. Aromas and tastes of spices, caramel, yeast, toffee and some plums. Starts off lightly sweet and ends on a nice, dry finish. Lively body. Another kick ass monk beer…
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown Coloring with Good Head. Some Prunes/Raisins.. Thick on the Tongue...but Disappointing Overall. Not Much for Taste.. Maybe a Bad Bottle.
Frank (3141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruddy brown appearance with a slight reddish hue. Big head initially but it dissipates rather quickly to a thin skin. Nose is vibrant with dark malts and spice. Thick on the palate with rich, velvety carbonation. Very fruity with some yeast ethers, notes of raisin, molasses, pear, flower petals with a slight hint of surgical gauze (actually a bit reminiscent of the "Band Aid" flavor people talk about in Orval). Finishes rather dry though with a bit of sweetness and fruit coming through as well. Solid.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark muddy hue with a small off white head. Rich toffee like nose with nutty hints. Syrupy, tarty taste with caramel raisin and nut flavours. Fairly sweet with great complexities. Not a patch on Chimay though.
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown color with a towering, tan head. Very bready aroma. The taste just vanished. I was hoping that letting it get up towards room temp would help... not so much. Everything was missing. I seem to be hitting a rash of this with Belgians recently; it breaks my heart.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Sampled at Zotte in Amsterdam, Holland.
Pleasantly aromatic, very subtle, milk chocolate and a fairly intense dark fruitiness.
Intensely fruity, cloying at times, pleasing at others. Soft, velvety backround. Mellow, woven fruit flavors of plums, mixes berries, orange and grape. The fruit flavor in this beer was stupendous. What was missing was the big, malty chocolate and caramel backround that I have come to expect in dark Belgians. With a little tweaking of the recipe, I can imagine this beers dominance.