thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, - AUG 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Hazy to the point of being Murky. Dark brown and a very cool yellow and brown when held up to light.
S - Molasses, brown sugar, oatmeal raisin cookies, yeast, alcohol, musty grapes, and chocolate malt balls (whoppers, Maltesers)
T - Dark fruit, candy sugar, anise, chocolate brandy, roasted caramel malt. Wonderful taste at the back end, dry, yeasty, dark bread with a hint of pepper and some alcohol to warm the soul. Very complex and wonderful from start to finish.
M&D - decent Carbonation that tickles the throat, smooth but lighter bodied than I expected. Even with it’s strength I could easily drink more than one and feel great about it.
Holmen2 (2775) - NORWAY - AUG 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 25.08.16. Almost ebony. Foamy and persistent beige head and lacing. Complex aroma of berries marinated in sherry, cream liquor, caramel and medium dark malt. Similar taste, with soft liquorice in aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.
ozzatoadisback (77) - ITALY - AUG 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky dark brown, thin beige head shows nice persistence and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is in the likes of a dark fruits cake: molasses, dark/dried fruits, sugar. I’m also detecting a hint of coffee. Alcohol is detectable but not too aggressive. Taste reflects the aroma; the beer is obviously on the sweet side but pleasantly so, with a hint of spiciness in the finish. Again alcohol is detectable but not over the top, brings a warming feel. Full body, light crispness, nicely creamy mouthfeel. Good
joeiznogood (20) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At home, 2015 bottle (33cl). Direct comparison tasting with Westvleteren 12.
Pour: dark, dunkel red, purplish, clear. Medium carb, good foam.
Nose: dried fruits, sweet, dades&raisins, brown sugar / molasses, malts.
Taste: first - dried fruits, dry minerals, alcohol is certainly present; mid - slight bitterness, malts; after - sirup and molasses, very pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Sirupy thick consistency, aggressive carbonation and bitterness.
Verdict: Very pleasant, sweet and sirupy. The alcohol is a bit too dominant to my taste.
Gehbe (173) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - AUG 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep ruby-brown with a big frothy tan head, hardly any lacing. Nose of toast, maple syrup, caramel, raisins, rum, spice, yeast, candied zest, panettone. Taste is medium to high sweetness backed up just by high carbonation (hardly any bitterness). Medium body, rather thin for the ABV, high alco warmth on finish. Excellent but overrated (IMHO some De Struise or Straffe Hendrik quads are way better).
de_belg (35) - - AUG 16, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Zeer complexe geur en smaak. De kandijsuiker, caramel, donker fruit en een myriade aan kruiden zorgen voor een fluweelzoete smaak. Naar het einde toe domineert de alcohol. Perfectie bestaat niet maar Rochefort 10 komt akelig dichtbij!
ulrikolsen (271) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark hazy brown with tan head. Aroma is complex and fruity with dried fruits like dates, figs, raisins, liquorice, caramel, dark and roasted malts yet sweet. Taste is even more complex with malt, cane sugar, dried fruits, date, fig, raisin, apricot, liquorice, caramel and molasses. Finish is surprisingly dry and carbonation lively and hides alcohol well. A wonder!
Jesper86 (19) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2016
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2016 Impressive look with heavy foam and dark colour. Intense flavours. Caramel, liquorice, banana, raisins, salt, coffee. Nice carbonisation. Not much smell. Could have been a little less sweet, otherwise great stuff.
PivopijaPivopija (98) - - AUG 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color with nice two finger tan head. Aroma is sweet. Taste has coffee and in aftertaste salty licorice.
witthatsbier (508) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33CL bottle had for several years,
pours a dark brown with a cream head
aroma is grain malt fruity
Taste is dry malt rich dried fruit currants sultanas,bit of bitterness dryness ,not present in younger versions,long dry finish
easily the best trappist beer,and a world class ale
gr_pa (365) - siemianowice, POLAND - AUG 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gushing. Brown, nice off white head. Aroma: dark fruits, toffee, raisins, some yast notes. Heavy sweetness, quite full body. Flavour: raisins, malts, caramel, subtle dark malts, but most of all alcohol.