GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep rich brown body. Fairly cloudy. Dark spices with hints of ripe fruits. great roasted nuttiness. Hints of yeast in there as well. Holy moly man! this is something of everything that is beer. great stuff.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aventinus? High quality brew but not quite my style. Tastes like Aventinus but a tiny less sweet. Spicy. Needs just a bit more fruitiness. Nice head retention
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber/brown, fine head and lacing. Dark fruits in the malt along with some subtle spice. Palate was a bit overcarbonated and thinner than it looked. It thickend a bit as it warmed, but not enough. The most complex of the Chimays.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Complex and tasty. The alcohol content doesn’t overwhelm the beer. Sublime.
edit: Just cracked open a 4 year old bottle...and it’s a great beer with some age on it. Give it a few years, and it deserves the rating I gave it originally. (I’m pretty sure it was one of my first 10 ratings.)
tallguy108 (34) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 2010-02-18, parallel tasting, vintage 1988 (bb 1991), 22 years old, 7-3-7-3-14=34
The cap is in good conditions, a bit rusty, but the rubber is still functional; it pours a brown color, initially with a small head, but that vanishes quickly in a whiff. Medium strength caramel aroma, with unmistakable oxidization vein, but not annoying; very light impression of dust and pond water too. It has a good body structure, stronger than most 20yearsold beers tasted so far, yet quite flat; caramel flavor, sweetish; the ageing created an extra flavor of mellow liquorice; almost no trace of bitterness, instead the sweetness is balanced by the alcohol, that is easily perceived through a pervasive warmth in the mouth. Interesting, but not outstanding.
2010-02-18, parallel tasting, vintage 1998 (bb 2003), 12 years old, 7-4-6-3-13=33
The cap is in good conditions; it pours a dark brown color, darker than the 1988; the head is initially large, but even after some time it’s still half a centimeter thick. Medium to light aroma, with some caramel and soap; also very light vanilla, wood, cake, nuts and Madeira; pleasant. Being more carbonated than the 1988, the mouthfeel seems lighter; it’s undoubtly less sweet, even if there is a residual sweetness; there is some caramel flavor, less oxidization, and equally lack of bitterness, as well as there is almost no alcohol warmth. The two beers are similar, but in 10 years the 1998 won’t become like the 1988: not enough malty.
2010-02-18, parallel tasting, vintage 2008 (bb 2013), 2 years old, 6-4-7-3-13=33
It pours a dark brown color, darker than the 1988; very large head, frothy more than creamy, but quite persistent. Medium to light aroma, with some caramel, soap, refined sugar, yeast. Average body structure, definitively slimmer than the 1988, possibly drier than the 1998; there is some caramel flavor, quite boring indeed; some more bitterness than in the other vintages, more balanced therefore; the final is also a bit nutty, and the alcohol warmth is just what is expected from a 9% beer. Unimpressive.
2008-02-03, vintage 2000, 7 years old, Grande Reserve corked 75cl bottle, 6-5-7-3-14=35
It pours a beautyful dark mahogany color with red shades, and a creamy head. It smells too much the cork, with some caramel too, and a touch of cellar. Medium body (maybe less than the fresh one), with a good dark caramel flavor. The bitterness is almost gone. At the end the alcohol nicely warms the tongue. In the end there is some complexity, wood flavors and traces of oxidization. More an experience than a great beer.
2003-01-16, vintage 2001, 1 year old, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Dark amber color, generous head, reducing to a thin creamy collar.
Interesting aroma: malt, light liquorice, whisky; 1 extra point for the harmony, more than for the specific characteristics.
Good body structure and perfect balance of malt and hop; pretty dry taste (considering the alcohol content and style); smooth, warming, some alcohol sensation; some caramel and liquorice. Improves while warming and oxydizing.
Bitter sweet final, harmonious but not particularly strong nor aromatic.
I used to love this, but possibly it has changed in the last years; I would prefer other Trappistes…
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ruby brown color on the edges with a pillar of dark brown ale in the center. Smells very yeasty with a little spice. Sweet raison with hops and a skoch of alcohol. warms the belly and tastes good.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
light bodied, strong yeasty spiciness with a bitter finish
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2003 No feature dominates. Mild aroma complex flavor with a slight and not unpleasant hint of wine. A pleasant warmth in the finish. Yeah I like it I only wish it were not so expensive
Irish799899 (24) - Toruñ, POLAND - JAN 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Beet, will drink again... has warm...