bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now thatís what a beer should look like. And taste like. Poured dark brown, and so opaque that I couldnít see any light through it at all. The head was very generous, and showed no signs of receding (in fact there were still traces remaining when I polished it off about 30 minutes later - bloody phone!!). A glorious roasted malt taste, with molasses and spicy fruits. The flavour is slightly bitter, but only so much as too say "drink more". Quite a creamy feel in the mouth, although all this conceals a deadly alcoholic kick. The end of this glass was seemingly more pleasant than the beginning, but Iím not sure whether itís due to the content tending to the ambient temperature (a warm winters night) or the alcohol coursing through my veins. A brilliant, but expensive drink.
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong stuff! Dark roasted taste with cherry. High on alcohol but you donít taste it. Donít drink too fast.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown from a bottle at the International Brew Fest in Oregon. Very complex sweets in it. Dark fruits throughout the taste, butterscotch, slight floral notes in there somewhere. Not so much bitterness and the alchohol burn didnít hit me at all. A damn skilled brew and would recommend it to anyone in a second.
Stew41 (1657) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once again I am left in little doubt as to why these beers and their ilk are regarded so highly all over the world. Slightly cloudy chocolate brown with a well retained creamy head. Powerful nose with heaps of malty, sweet chocolate lift. Very strong palate, more choclate, dark malts, with a slightly aggressive alcohol kick at the back. Just a bit to hot for my liking at the finish, buring a little. No matter, a very good beer with layered flavours. I think I may agree with the taster before me...the í8í may be a better drop. A side note....my wife has an extremely seasoned palate when it comes to wine (sheís a wine retailer by trade) but drinks buggar all beer. That said, one sip of this baby was enough for her to exclaim "Shit, great beer!".
asheft (2417) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost opaque, dark brown-ruby with a fizzy top and tan ring. Chunks of yeast and sediment at bottom as the result of a not so graceful pour. The aroma is a blend of ethanol and spicy melanoidins with cereal grains and floral accents. Aromatic notes: butterscotch, grapes, tobacco/raisin, oatmeal raisin cookies. Quite an alcoholic flavour of raisin pie (yes, it exists) with spicy pumpernickel. Subtle banana esters and floral accents. The high alcohol and sweetness make this beer inferior, in my opinion, to Rochefort 8. Quite warming feeling with a medium to full body and moderate carbonation.
adrian910ss (2273) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very complex brew. Pours a very dark brown color with a long lasting creamy tan head. Smells of bread dough, wine, yeast, plums, raisins, and malts. Taste is a combination of bitter chocolate, malts, various rich fruits and hops. Very carbonated beer, but it suits this gem well. Tastes better with every sip. This was the third time iíve had this beer and each time it tastes better. One of the best.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this one is a real monster. Murky reddish brown color. Complex aromas with some fruit, chocolate, and toasted malt notes. Dense and complex on the palate. Minerally chocolate, sweet malts, and some quirky yeast flavors. Dry and alcoholic finish.
wolfecruz (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasty, spritzy, alcoholy, malty, little hop flavor, slight hop finish. very well balanced beer.
jrob21 (2284) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best Iíve had. caramel, chocolate, brown, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich, dark brown in color with a beautiful head that after a couple of minutes, resembles luscious creme brulee. The flavors are complex, but in my opinion, they are masked by the intense carbonation/high alcohol content. For my tastes, I preferred the Trappistes 8, which I believe was more balanced. The best part was that each sip was better and more defined than the previous one. Not too shabby, but not the best Iíve had.