hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Bottle. Deep brown color, particules and nice brown head. Aroma is incredible: dark fruits, caramel, nuts, very fruity. Taste of dark fruits, alcohol, grapefruits all melted together with a caramel aftertaste. Very nice.
Bière de couleur brune opaque avec des particules dans sa robe et un bon collet brun qui perdure. Odeur incroyable, je pouvais la sentir pendant que je la versais: baie sauvages, caramel, noix et ..., pas mal fruité. Goût de fruits (baie sauvage, mures), alcool, pamplemousse avec un arrière goût de caramel, toutes ces saveurs s’harmonise bien ensemble et elle est moelleuse et onctueuse toute a la fois. Bonne bière
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost opaque black with small but lasting tan head.
Spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and ginger. Plum and raisin notes in background.
Complex, dense flavor with notes of cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, toasted malt, raisin and plum. Red wine-like esters became apparent as temperature increased. Warm finish with lingering bitterness from alcohol, phenolic (spicy) notes and hops.
Effervescent, creamy mouthfeel from ample carbonation gave a ligher mouthfeel to the medium-full body.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is a deep cola brown, with a broken head. Nose is stong on bubblegum, chocolate and alcohol make an appearence. More subtle nots include earthy mushrooms. The mouth is quite sharp and warm. Flavour is roast with some spice notes (unidentified) and chocolates. The 10 is very hot on the palate, and lacks the depth and character of the 8.
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a slightly foamy head. A complex aroma that at first made me think of sweet apples. After many re-whiffs I’m sure it’s not apple but it is fruit. A flavor that is just as complex, it is a sweet and a tad yeasty. It just had a bit of foamy body that kept me from rating it higher. I bought this beer 3 months ago and decided to save it for #100 and am glad I did. I can appreciate it more now than I could have then.
reebtogi (4388) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this beer to be quite pleasant to drink. This beer very smooth yet fully flavoured for a Belgian ale of this alc content.
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Thick, dark brown beer. Had a decent head and was full bodied/flavored. I am a big fan of the trappists, and this beer was no exception. I recommend this one along with Chimay Blue. Both are perfect examples of what beer should be.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 re-rate 11.2 oz bottle: Deep aroma of licorice, plums, alcohol, and yeast. poured a deep brown with a beautiful whitish tan head. The flavor matched the aroma and more. very complex plums, rasins, carmel malt, and who knows what else, a lot of flavors more complex than anything that I have tasted yet. excellent mouth feel coats the mouth and has fine bubbles. Very good a must try, and its even better the second time around.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown/russet in color. Nose is of dried fruit, yeast and alcohol. This was not as complex a flavor as I’d anticipated. Burnt chocolate, banana, and over-the-top alcohol are the best ways to describe this to me. Finish is pleasant, but once again a little gasolinish. Just a little too overdone.
bigtasty (23) - USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nice goddamned beer. I drank maybe five of these in Belgium last year, one of the best experiences of my life.
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 head creamy-brown,don’t stays long as a thick layer,but it remains a nice,bubblying fine layer,at the end a rim in the glass.
warm coffee-brown colour,if holding it tho light,red glimpses(before pouring some sediment in it)After,it grows darker,but there remains a warm gloom.
just by opening bottle,much of a sort of banana smell,but moresweet(more like this brown,chewy dried bananas i once bought in a organic-food shop) by pouring it into the glass it smells more like sweet pears,and like dates and figues.8and smells a little bit wine-like)
rather carbonated in mouth.an interesting bitter-sweet taste is there,but always some fruits(pears,figues)some caramel-notes
a little bit remembering a good,old port,but more refreshing.alcohol is there but fits with the tasts.
Aftertaste bitter-sweet,but fruity too,with warm alcohol(here too,alcohol fits with the tasts),at the end,some caramel or even something chestnutlike.
thats one of the best examples how a strong beer beer should bee,with a great complexity of aromes and tasts to discover,not only strong because of alcoholic-content!!
i really like it !!!!!
thats a beer to share with old friends,in the evening,discussing about it and discussing about the sense of life!!!!