Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 My aim was to hit rating #70 before the end of the year. Accomplishing it with a Chimay Bleu with the christmas diner was not a bad way to do it.
Two bottles of Grande Reserva 2003 were used. Not as good looking as the Rouge, being an almost black, murky brown.
Aroma is of candy sugar, some alcohol and a hint of dark chocolates, along with perhaps some cellarlike smell.
The cellary feeling carries over to the flavour, which is fairly heavy, again with some dark chocolate, along with noticable alcohol and perhaps a tiny bit of cappucino.
Gives a very big feeling in the mouth, but not particularly complex.
Choos (590) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2003 Tried both the 1998 & 2002 330ml bottles side by side. Aroma malt, alcohol, lightly yeasty and a tiny hint of metal. 2002 bottle has also has some floral in the aroma whereas the 1998 bottle had more malt aroma and less apparent alcohol. Both murky red/brown not seethrough thanks to the great amount of yeast that comes in the bottle. Both bottles had heads that slowly began slowly creeping out of the bottles although they were treated very gently. Both have great malty flavours with a hint of roastiness, mocha, plums and a strong alcohol flavour which improves the feel of the beer. 1998 beer was smoother. Both are higher carbonated that I would have thought (and at the same level) but it doesn't detract. They drink with heaps of mouthfeel!
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
the beer that got me into beer. just wonderful, encourages your full attention. note: always tastes better from the big bottles. and usually not that expensive relative to the other trappist darks
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of plums and dates with a slight hint of malt. Medium tan head with some noticeable lacing. Fruit flavor of plums and raisins with the alcohol hidden well. Somewhat sour across the palate with a slight aftertaste of citrus.
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a beautiful deep copper color. Nice fruity/malty aroma, with a full body feel. Nice long lasting head. Full of great flavor. I've had this plenty of times, just never rated it before. One of the best.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 Mysterious ruby tinted amber body under an effervescent head settleing into a mousse-like froth. Floral, herbal, fruity, yeasty aroma. Butterscotch flavors, delicate, complex maltiness. Bitterness is suprising in the middle and finish. Touch of alcohol in the finish.
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An overpowering beer that should be sipped and not gulped. Pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice soft head that lingers well. The aroma is heavily floral, bitter with spice and alcohol. Good carbonation with a medium to full body, the taste of pepper and plums overpowers the tongue and then lays there like a wet rug. I was hoping the alcohol would clean it up, but an acidic taste lingered even after the beer was finished. I can't say I didn't like this beer, it's just not my style.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 When fresh: Inviting aroma without being a knockout - plum, black pepper, mild phenols, sultana and a bit of mustiness. Lovely soft malt flavour with some toast/biscuit notes and some alcohol. Very round and soft, yet carrying very big flavours. Just when I was thinking I didn’t like this any more I have a bottle that really kicks arse. Perhaps it’s just the difference between the big and small bottles...
Aged four years: I had a 2000 magnum last night (March 2004) which was brilliant. The beer had thinned somewhat and mellowed but the aroma had taken on a brilliant, slightly sour, cherry-type aroma very reminiscent of a Flemish sour ale. Seemed quite oaky too. Really good - subtle and complex flavour. I went back and bought the other bottle to store for a while. I would rate this a 4.4 or 4.5.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Pours dark brown with an enormous head. Very cloudy. Sweet malt, caramel and alcohol aroma. Very sweet flavor balanced by a hoppy bitter finish and a dry alcohol aftertaste. Very complex flavor; raisins, plums, toffee. A little acidic. Nicely carbonated. The alcohol is apparent, but not unpleasant. This is one of the best beers I have had.
Re-Rate: The more I drink, the more I appreciate the amazing complexity of this beer.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
mostly yeast in the aroma; dark and cloudy with a large tan head; taste of caramel/malt with a dry, somewhat bitter finish and a definite taste of alcohol; good, but not the best of its type