greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first trip to belgium, and this is one of the beers I sampled. It was excellent. For its alcohol content it tasted quite weak, but still good. Excellent finish.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
prunes, dates, dark stone fruit [plum, cherry] on the nose.
dark brown/cola like a dark fortified wine colouration with lovely cream coloured head.
dates, chocolate and dark stonefruit flavours dominant with hints of prune and raisiny character aswell as some spice [cinnamon, nutmeg].
kinda dry and sumptuous with mild bitterness.
I definetly want more of this, this is a beer for quiet contemplation.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of prunes, raisins and dates with a fresh pine hint. Nice frothy head. the flavor begins with grapefruit, lemon and light plum which turns into a deep thick pudding of raisins. Very clean and refreshing finish.
pellertpale (9) - The Fort, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2004 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What else can be said. Overpriced for my blood. Gimme' three Ommegangs for the price.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderfully rich and well balanced. Nice fruity nose, sweet candy flavor. Slightly cloying though.
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sorry if I'm being sacrilegious, but I just can't see what all the fuss is about with this one. Sure, its quite a nice beer, but seriously over-hyped in my view. There's not much I can say in the way of description that hasn't been said a hundred times before. Definite prune/raisin and dark chocolate character. However, what comes through more than anything else is the caramelly candy sugar that gives it an oddly synthetic feel and a slightly cloying finish. All this may give the impression that I didn't like it. That is certainly not so, but, in my opinion, there are plenty of better Belgian strongs out there. Bottled (330ml).
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of those beers that can carry the high alcohol percentage. Quite a vinous and fruity taste. Unfortunetly I did not have a special glass for this beer
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color. Fresh aroma of plums, raisins a little yeasty on the nose. Alcohol is mild, doesnt interfere with the balance of malts and dried fruit. Still not as creamy and bold as I excpected. The aftertaste leaves me warm but unispiring. Overall still enjoyable.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smells like those raisins you get in rum and raisin chocolate. Deep colour. Creamy head.
I love this beer. The only beers that I can think of that stand in its way for top rating is Tripel Karmeliet and Rocheforte, and this is quite a bit cheaper. (St Ives Vintage Cellars $6.5/330ml)
It's thick, rich and smooth, you can understand why monks may go without food for a while if this is the alternative.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 14, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Only my second "perfect" beer. 750 ml. brown, corked and caged bottle. Bottled in August 2001. I've been aging it since then. Purchased fresh in September 2001 from Total Beverage for $10.99 each. Poured out a deep dark clear brown color. The cork shot out of the bottle when opened. Very effervescent carbonation, champagne like in every way. Subdued cream colored head that left more than a decent lacing in my Chimay chalice. Aromas are of fresh grape wine, slight malts, and rum soaked dried fruits. Figs, plums, and dates come to mind. Very aromatic, and very delicious.
Tastes are of dried, dark, rum soaked fruits, vinous, and oaky as well. Hops make a brief appearance in the middle, only to be overtaken by the rich, creamy malts. Very rich mouthfeel, thick, but not chewy. Rich, flavorful, and complex flavors and aromas describe this beer best. Finishes rich, creamy, and very filling.
The good monks certainly did their homework on this beer.
Absolutely fantastic. The best Belgian beer I've ever had, hands down. Aging only improves this nectar. I'm glad I waited to try this one. I'll be laying down more of this soon.