Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very flavourful, strongm, and a bit spicey, this is also highly drinkable and smoothly balanced.
It’s dark red-brown with a big tan head that shrinks slowly to a thin, frothy top. It leaves some foamy lace.
The aroma, very nice, is dried and fermented figs, brown bread, whole wheat, raisins and port.
Taste is port, sweet-sour plums, fermented fruit, strawberry and cherry jam, hints of licorice and cola, sweet toastiness. Unfortuinately, it falls a little flat in character after an initially incredible start, but it still stays good.
SeniorZozo (269) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown liquid, large head. Aroma of malt. Medium body, average carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.
austejaph (13) - LITHUANIA - JUL 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 0,7 liter. Appearance - thick light brown, also long lasting head, color - brown red. Slightly visible fizz. Smells like roasted, caramel, a little bit fruity. Taste is like a crust of a bread, medium sweet and later bitter, alcohol is felt, too. Palate is soft and felt tickling on the roof of the mouth. Aftertaste: bitter, long lasting.
emandkey (15) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUL 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brown color with slitghly brown long lasting, about 1cm head. Aroma of sweet malt, some caramel, bread. Taste sweet in the beging and medium bitter in the end. Soft carbonation and stick texture.
Niko100 (2239) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit, some caramel, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit, caramel, raisons, and spice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Solid brew.
alex_leit (497) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma: sweetish malt, caramel and toffee, wine, berry and dried fruit. Taste: Taste: warming, porto, sweetness, caramel, dried fruits, toffee and pie with raisins.
Paladares (59) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botella. Color marrón turbio. Dos dedos de espuma, manteniendo una fina capa.
Aroma a vainilla, chocolate y recuerdo a pasas.
En boca resulta densa. Muy compleja en sabor. Se encuentra la madera. Muy licorada. Tiene un regusto muy alcohólico y con final amargo.
No es mi estilo preferido aunque cumple.
drmet (269) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a medium,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-mediu carbonation,light-medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
I missed complexity and Body in this one.Slightly above average
mauroruellas (357) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Avermelhada escura,turva,espuma cremosa mediana com boa manutenção;aroma com boa complexidade aparecendo malte,condimentos,frutas vermelhas e secas,caramelo,notas terrosas;no sabor a complexidade aumenta,iniciando com um dulçor aveludado lembrando uva passa,seguido de uma leve torrefação,caramelo.álcool e terminando com um final seco com toques picantes,média carbonatação,álcool muito bem inserido,retrogosto agridoce. Cerveja de abadia magnífica,superior a varias trapistas,uma cerveja sem medo de errar "Divina".
hman43 (602) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours amber with a full head and plenty of lacing. It has aromas of yeast, a bit of leather, and floral elements. It has flavors that are sweet with yeast, leather, and spicy notes. It has a bitter finish with warming.
sweetstuff (3) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2015 does not count
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Best before date 05/2011. Lot 1892 07 37. An ’8’ per the label, but no pabv listed there. Brewed and bottled by Duvel Moorgaat NV, Puurs, Belgium.
On opening there is a delicate sweet white bread/orange spray, with mild caramel backing, pouring dark, with a higher head than some other Belgian Abbey Ales I could name.
There is a roast coffee/anise entry, with what may be leather and a little staleness midpalate, but wait and see. Full bitter.burnt chocolate finish. Sort of a triangle--starts fine, and ends broad, perhaps a tad clunky. Malt seems scorched and the sweetness tails off; if it weren’t so bitter, I’d think it’d be short on the finish.
Score is as is, at 4 plus years of age, perhaps 6. Needs to be revisited with a fresh bottle.