drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 This beer's complexity is in its simplicity. There is no overload to the senses and this beer seems so unintrusive. Very nicely done without stepping all over your tongue. (I have re-rated this and have decided that this is a great beer. My first bottle had almost no head to speak of while this bottle poured a monstrous head. This was much fuller in flavor and just much better overall.) Great smell: fruity, spicy. Huge head, almost too big - distracting. Complex taste: currant, dried apricots, clove. Very well balanced with wonderful malt. Being a western American beer geek I have this undeniable desire for just a touch more hops, but this is still oh so satisfying.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Rating is based on aged bottles, ranging from 2 years old to 10 years old. Aroma is spicy, port-like, prune, roasted and chocolat malt. Sweet taste, port, alcohol-burn. Lingering palate, lasting forever. Delicious!
The un-aged version of this beer is not so pronounced, more chocolate and bit more creamy. Still a very good beer, but it only gets better with age. Not aged it will score a 3.6 in my opinion.
boto (1759) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 You almost can't call this beer:
It's in its own class. Re-rate:Drank an old (3 year mid 90's vintage) bottle that I put away. Smoother (if you can even believe it) with age. Somewhat sweet, with an incredible smoothness. Yet another re-rate. This one was bottled in 01/03. I have to agree with some of the others who have noted the decline of this beer. It is still very good, but I just can't call it exceptional anymore. Some of the subtleness and complexity has left it.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 3/01 bottle: Tremendous life in cork removal.Aromatic vapors.Dark mahogany liquid with unattractive,big-bubbled head.Never turns creamy,even though buddies did.Complex aroma.Juicy,Rummy, chocolate,biscuit,banana,brown sugar,aromas.Palate is very delicate and oily with perfect carbonation. A vinous,bready sweetness also has some woody,alcohol flavors.Caramelized fruit finish.Delicious.Malts are extremely aromatic and refined tasting.Either my tastes have changed or had improper stored bottle first time.Yeast pour gives a more musty feel,but doesn't really dim the delicate sweetness.Enjoyed much better this time and look forward to more tastings.
TAR (2378) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2004 re rate of 11.2 oz sample: aroma is strong and fruity, i noticed this version was a bit more astringent with port-like characteristics; extremely warm finish from the high abv, only beef on this beer is that the alcohol is not well masked. i did however bump my ratings up a few points from its crappy corked counterpart. Update; corked bottle; stamped 3-01: Extremely similar aroma to Rochefort; cotton candy, tropical fruit, huge bready malt, and subtle hops. Thin palate, yet very firm. Gentle, yet assertive carbonation. Juicy flavors of fresh fruit, alcohol, and malt. Finishes with a warming side of alcohol and lingering lightly bready malt.
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Impressive light, bubbly head tops a very dark reddish-brown body. Smells of fruit... almost sickening to me. Complex taste. Fruity, earthy, malty. Can’t figure the other properties out. Almost no bitterness to speak of. Enough carbonation. I couldn’t finish my glass, as the sweetness of smell and taste was beginning to trouble my stomach. Alcohol is hidden well. Can’t say I liked it, but it was my first Belgian Strong Ale. May have to try again with less alcohol already in the system and a little more experience with beer tasting.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found this in a chain restaurant near San Diego. Totally unexpected, but it sure made me happy. Slightly dissapointed by the beer though. Lots of head on the pour. Very fruity, more so as it warmed. Good, but nothing special. If I lived in Belgium, I’d probably drink it regularly, but I can get beers just as good for a fraction of the cost.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drank this beer from a large bottle 75 cl. (Grande Reserve). I think I should have stored it for some years. It’s very hopbitter and pretty much like a port wine. -it’s a bit too strong and the beer does’nt manage to support the high level of alcohol. (my mistake...)
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was my favourite beer until my recent trip to Belgium touring the trappist monasteries (Trappist ales are notoriously difficult to find in Australia). Although it has now been supplanted by Westvleteren and Rochefort in my book, still a fantastic beer. Never bad, always interesting. Funky little bottle.