Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Once again, I fail to be blown away by a high rated Trappist. I’ve had this several times, and finally succumbed to the pressure of buying a bottle to rate it, even though I knew ahead of time I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. Sure its got decent raisin and molasses notes, but there’s an excessive amount of clove and an excessive amount of carbonation as well. I think its a great intro for people moving into craft beer, and I’m glad its widely available in that sense.
MoritzF (9187) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Murky and hazy mahogany coloured effervescent hue with yeast floaties and a mid-sized brown head. Sweet dark malts aroma with fruits (plums, blackcurrants) and yeasts. Moderately sweet toasted malty taste with light notes of caramel, raisins and dried plums, medium to full bodied, crispy mouthfeel. Warming alcoholic, slightly vinous and spicy finish. Complex and harmonic brew.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle. Poured a cloudy mahogany with a large beige head into my Chimay chalice. I smell pepper, yeast, raisins, graham cracker, and some sour notes. Taste was sour with some alcohol burn, and otherwise followed the aroma. Fairly watery and very carbonated. Kinda sorta reminds me of delirium nocturnum, but better.
gnoff (9431) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 First rating
Bottle at Bishops Arms in Sundsvall, Sweden. February 17, 2006.
Dark brown color and a white head. Nice "Belgian" scent. Amazing taste that I can’t really describe. A close to perfect beer!
(This was as high as 4.7 I think for me in the beginning...)
(At a blind tasting)
Shady brown color, tan head. Grainy, apple scent. Spicy, sweet, phenolic taste. Alcohol aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
New tasting, 1999 (33 cl bottle) BB 2005 against 2001 (75 cl bottle) BB 2008 against 2007 (33 cl bottle) BB 2012.
2007: Light copper color, tan head. Sweet malty scent. Sweet, malty, spicy, raisins taste. Spicy and alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Fizzy mouthfeel. Low to medium bitterness.
2001: Medium copper color, tan head. Oak, butter, port wine, chocolate, mouldy cellar scent. Oak, wood, port wine, raisins, alcohol, mouldy cellar taste. Sweet aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel. Low bitterness.
1999: Dark copper color, tan head. Raisins, Madeira, sweet scent. Raisins, Madeira, butter, sweet taste. Warming alcohol. Smooth a bit fizzy mouthfeel. Low bitterness.
So, how to put the numbers? I’m gonna stick with the 4.2, it’s a nice beer to store for several years, and it’s one of the first beers that got me into the strong stuff.
Previous: UPDATED 3/31/2008
33 cl bottle from Systembolaget in Ludvika, sampled on September 12, 2013.
Can’t live on the numbers from the aged bottle I had no more.
Still a very nice beer I do return to though, I like it fresh as well!
Clear dark brown color, teal head. Nice malty, fruity, some alcohol scent and taste. Medium mouthfeel, fairly low bitterness. A classic that I enjoy.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Pours a lightly fizzy brown color with a small white head. Nose is nuts and caramel, light belgian funk and a yeasty doughy scent. Taste is more of the funky and dough notes, some light sweet malt and caramel. palate is lightly playful and fizzy.
EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 A 2005 bottle in Reims. My first strong Belgian. Vinous and fruity, ruby brown with a tan head. Malty, warming, and complex with a creamy mouthfeel. Wouldn’t mind a taller bottle. [3.8]
Long-overdue re-rate in late May 2009, this one from a fresh bottle. Sweet malty nose, clearly Belgian yeast. Floral with some mineral water. Dark amber-mahogany pour with a highly-carbonated sudsy (and noisy!) tan head. Taste is very firmly bitter in addition to the sweet malt. Mineral water and lightly metallic rocky notes are too strong. Medium-fullish body, slippery malt profile, feel is strongly carbonated, dries out. Plums and figs/raisins, a great little synergistic effort from the little guys. Lightly warming but well-integrated and structured, and I’d have had no idea this was a niner. I’d to this again expecting to knock it down a peg or two, but darn, she’s still a winner! [3.7]
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark brown with a slight chocolate head. The ale smelled of raisins, earth, dates and dark fruits. The beer tasted of well blended dark fruits and yeast. It finished with a dry spanish ceder and nutmeg feel. It felt full but rounded with a sense of smoothness. Overall the beer was complete and reminded me of something timeless
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown, mildly cloudy with a large brown head. Nose is plum, dates, caramel. The flavor is more of the same, sweet at front trending toward a dry finish, lots of malt character. Alcohol character is very important to this beer, and speeds everything along. Vinous notes creep in toward the end. Quite good, not my absolute favorite Belgian Strong.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a clear brown with a large fizzy tan head. Head is lasting even though its very fizzy. Has a sweet fruity alcohol aroma. I get grapes, raisins, some apples a real fruit mix. Touches of cinnamon and nutmeg. The aroma is excellent on this one. Taste is on the dry side with a good mouthfeel. The 9% is hidden very well. Has a light feel. Verysmooth and extremely drinkable. The finish is subtle with a good duration. Leaves a very pleasent taste without a real aftertaste. This is a great beer. Drinks like water, goes down with total ease. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life this one deserves consideration.
Stew41 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 2003 Vintage (consumed Sept 2012)
Still showing very very good intensity and flavour depth for a 9 year old. Lots of cola and some sweet chocolate, really pointing more to a dubbel, but regardless the power is impressive. Good length too. Outside of gueze from the likes of Cantillon easily the best cellar worth beer I have tried. (3.9)
1999 Vintage (e5.0 @ Kulminator Oct 2006)
Ok, 7yr old trappiest for A$9, er WTF is going on? (translation - bloody bargain!!). Creamy coffee coloured head shows truckloads of dense lacing. Excellent. Very dark brown in colour. Soft nose of old malts and cooked rhubarb (a nice trait!). Palate is all about balance and subtlety. Soft chocolate and malts; oh so approachable with nil apparent alcohol heat. Tails off a touch on the finish but how can you fault given the age? (3.9pts)
2005 Vintage (consumed 2005)
Can’t believe its taken me this long to rate this grand daddy. Decent head on pouring but thins out quickly. Nice reddish-brown in colour. Well balanced nose of sweet, earthy malts and a hint of stewed fruits. Quite elegant. Palate continues the elegant theme but to my mind to a fault. Controlled malts early in the piece with nice liquored chocolate notes but the flavour profile really takes a hit with some noticeable fizz drying the palate out. Finishes a touch hot, a surprise given the fizz. To be honest quite disappointing given the reputation…..I’ve had 50 better beers in the past 12 months. (3.3pts)