Quevillon (2842) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Ah les trappists, ils sont si méchants avec nous pour produir une délice comme ça. Un arome légé de fleur, une saveur délicieuse de malt roti. Un vrai péché. Et pour dire que c’est des catholiques qui font ça.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 While I must say spending $5.00 for a single bottle of beer is not something I do with regularity, I did so because of the fact this beer was Top 5 on many lists and it’s the only one on the list I had access to. So I headed up to BevMo with my best friend (who got a ticket on the way there HAH!), plunked down my money, took it home let it stay nice and cool in the garage overnight and opened it the next day. A HUGE head, I’m talking seriously HUGE. A wonderful aroma of raisins, dates, plums and a spiciness. The taste had a nice roastiness flavor, with nutmeg and a peppery flavor. It had some teeth on it with a 9% ABV, so you could taste that also, which put me off a bit (reminded me of this really crappy French beer I once had). While this was an excellent dark ale, I would not say it belongs in the Top 5 on these lists. Too expensive for what little you get and didn’t blow me away like I was hoping.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very deep, dark brown color with an average sized beige head. Floral hops and a touch of roasted malts present in the aroma as well as the taste. Very malty taste, quite good. Nice palate, good aftertaste, but it was just a fraction of a point less than the Red I think. A very delicious beer, but I think I’ll go to the Red over this one.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy darker brown with a large size bubbly head. Aroma of dark fruits, belgian yeast, candy sugars. Flavors of the same with some roasted malts and some light citrus that I didn’t really pick up in the aroma. Lively on the tongue. A lot going on in the aroma and flavor.
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown beer with creamy beige foam. Aroma is rich, slight burned, spicey and very malty. Taste is very deep and overpowering. It has an exotic caracter and a great afthertaste.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. bottle. Exits the bottle a muddy dark brown color producing a tight, thick, durable off-white head. Rich, satisfying aromas of ripe fruits, raisin, fig, caramel malts and yeast emminate from the chalice. The mouthfeel and palate is incredibly silky smooth, creamy and full. An insanely rich and complex flavor profile of dark dried fruits, caramel candy, yeast rolls and a bit of spiciness reinforces the classiness of this respected ale. Finishes with a nice little blast of alcoholic warmth to tame any residual sweetness. A classic!
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 [11.2 oz bottle] Pours a beautiful cloudy, dark brown color. Head is a rocky white that seems to evolve as it travels down the glass. Aroma is excellent- yeast, and a little bit of fruit sweetness. Flavors are huge- nice roasted malts and a bit of alcohol warmth. This beer is excellent.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One year old bottle. The beer gods don’t seem to love this one as much as I do. Perhaps this is due to inexperience on my part, having tried only a few Belgian strongs. Smooth malty flavor, very complex. Amazing champagne like mouthfeel. Very good.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Quite possibly one of the greatest beers ever. I could go into all the aspects with this beer, but I won’t. Because they could all just be summed up by the word divine.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Pours a dark murky amber with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma of raisons, strong warming alcohol, spices, caramel, ever so slightly metallic hops. The mouthful is smooth, and is the big strength of the beer, it shows warmth but complexity. Flavours of dried fruit, sweet caramel, apricot, nuts, amongst others. The finish is fruity, sweet and warming. Very nice!