Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured like a dream, with a beautiful head. I was really excited to taste it, but upon first taste I was baffled by the fruity wine taste. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the style or perhaps I'm too young and inexperienced, but I did not like the Chimay. The abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru was better. I am however, looking forward to trying a Rochforte 10 and the coveteed Westy Abt. 12. I hope I see waht the rest of the ratebeerians see in these beers someday.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 7, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 This ale can be described using just one word: chef-d’oeuvre. Full-bodied, chocolately, malty, toffeeish, fruity and much more. A world classic. [4.7]
Re-rate. Version 2003, imprisoned in my cellar for 6 long years. It got drier, more herez-like and alcoholic. [5.0]
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hmmm, I was reasonably impressed with this offering. Pour a deep dark amber color, with a head that has a mind of its own. Thick and creamy and everything that I could ask for in an appearance. A flower shop of fragrances in the aroma, beautiful. A slightly sweet taste that has so many complexities, that I could not even begin to go into detail, I could write a whole other review just for the flavor. Clean and refrshing in the finish.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright red amber with a big creamy long-lasting head. Fruity, floral hop aromas. Sweetish dark caramel malt flavors with accents of cinnamon, chocolate and fruit. Sweet with a hint of hops on the finish. Clean, smooth, tasty-what else can you ask for from a beer?
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
08-99 bottling date; mid-July ’02 tasting notes…. Yeeeeeeeiiiiiiiikkkkkkesss! Intense vanilla ice cream sweetness, then linseed oil, then figs, then pipe tobacco. Huge nose of sweetness and alcohol. The flavors were so wonderful that we opened the 2nd (and, sniff, last) bottle of the ‘08-99 bottling. No difference in the second bottle. The Trappists are geniuses!
Jim Anderson of the late Beer Philadelphia said “drink in the 3rd or 4th year...." Geeezuss, he sure was correct on this one!
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 Out of a corked bottle, this beer had a large foamy head and a deep mahogany body. Aroma of yeast, fruit. Taste is amazing, alcoholic and floral. Read someone else's rating for a better description than I am capable of. All I can say is awesome!
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle Wonderful fragrance, floral and spicy. A delicate thick golden-brown with a thin line of white foam at the edges. Taste is sweet at first, candied fruit with a decent tinge of bitterness. This beer's reputation precedes it, and it doesn't disappoint.
noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very strong...dark beer with thick foamy head...good taste, but if you're not ready, this one could knock you down...
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark chocolate-colored ale has a rich, foamy head and heavy lacing. The nose is soft with bready notes and soft toasted grains. The palate is rich and well-texutured with heavily roasted grain and chocolate leading to the slightly sweet, caramely finish.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown with a huge light tan head. aroma is of belgan yeast. flavor is also yeasty with malt and hop flavorings in the background. this is my first Trappist beer, and I really don't know what else to say about it other than it deffinatly won't be my last trappist beer.