Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good but not in the league of Rochefort or Westvleteren. It’s a little bit "hot" but not so much so as the regular 8. It lacks the caramel plum smoothness of the much stronger, previously mentioned beers. This one tastes like 12% where the others taste more like this beer’s 8%. It does have a nice warming effect though. Overall a good beer but not as much so when I can buy Rochefort 10 for the same price.
Franksv6 (465) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown beer with a white head, medium carbonation.
Tastes jester caramel, malt, fruity and a little bitter hops.
Tasty bittersweet finish.
josanguapo (110) - SPAIN - MAY 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ingesta: Jugando a Kings Bounty Dark Side, en copa de la La Trappe
Opinion: Igual de buena que la version rubia. No sabria decir cual de las dos es mejor sin catarlas a la vez. Se bebe rapido
VamboladeTolly (599) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @deTolly, Tartu. Pours copper-brown with medium beige head, stays. Aroma is sweet, alcohol, caramel, almonds, raisins. Taste is bready, malty, sweetish, some spicyness, almonds. Drinkable.
poolstar (19) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark beer, high in malt,caramel, warming aftertaste but could do with having a bit more of a kick to it.
Alengrin (3029) - BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I remember this trappist being introduced onto the market and have enjoyed it many times since, but apparently I hadn’t rated it yet, so I bought a bottle for this occasion and will try to evaluate it like it’s the first time I taste it. Very sticky, cobweb-lacing, moussy, off-white head but (surprisingly) quite some gushing too, even continuing long after I’ve opened the bottle; colour is a warm deep bronze with ruby hue, initially clear with low fizz. Scotch-like aroma of cookie dough, caramel candy, candied figs, hint of iron, liquorice, industrial honey, hazelnut paste, milk chocolate, candied cherries, soapy and floral hops (Saaz?), brown sugar, banana ester, overripe pear, hint of port wine. Sweet onset, candied cherries, banana, raisins and candi syrup, fairly strong carbo for the style even tingling a bit, sourish accent, somewhat oily but full and ’fluffy’ mouthfeel, faint metallic hint, full caramelly and lightly nutty maltiness, spicy yeastiness over all of this and ending in a finish which combines the initial sourishness and prickly carbo with slick malt sweetness, leafy hop bitterishness and a warming, but otherwise very well-hidden presence of alcohol. I have the impression this has not evolved very much since the beginning, contrary to the Blond, which has become a bit more balanced and is now more widely available than this one; the aroma strongly reminds me of the Scotch style, which manifests itself in Belgium mostly in the form of Christmas beers, but without the spices in this case. Certainly decent, but still (after more than 15 years) a bit lacking the personality, profundity and complexity of the older Belgian trappist brands, I’m afraid. I prefer the ’Extra’ version and I cannot but feel that this one has become a bit neglected over the years... I do understand, however, the difficulty of achieving the same refinement as e.g. Rochefort 8 or Westvleteren 8 in a relatively short period of time.
ruuurd (113) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice brown trappist! Like the warmth of the beer, the sweet caramel tones and the color!
charlotte (4618) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle.Muddy brown colour with medium head.Aroma is bready and malty with taste of yeast and caramel,medium mild fruity flavor with note of caramel and hops.
veronneaupy (225) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Au nez, c'est caramelisé, sucré, alcoolisé, typique d'une brune belge. En bouche, c'est puissant, pétillant, bcp de grains, caramelisé, presque sucre d'orge/cassonade. La finale est persistante, riche, alcoolisée. Tout ce qu'on s'attend d'une brune belge!
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blackmetal (175) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has the standard fruit/caramel Belgian overtone with a nice heavy malty composition.
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body dark and coffee. Slight head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Lots of taste. Full-bodied. Alcy in the finish.