jgentgesdo (665) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours murky brown, like pond water, with stuff floating in the bottom. Very finely structured off-white to light tan head that laces very well. Nose is complicated: Candied citrus peel, chocolate, an almost musty morel mushroom note, and something that smells almost meaty to me. The flavor is the most complex of any beer I have ever had. Malt predominates at the beginning, along with candy sugar and dark fruit. The fruit takes over soon, dried plums, raisin, and later grape, like an old merlot. This is all mixed in with an underlying immistakable yeastiness to the beer. Hops character comes in later, as does the rather strong alcoholic presence, that manages to make itself known without being overbearing. Very heavy on the palate. Finish lasts forever. An absolute masterpiece.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer simply kicks ass. Itís a bit expensive, but at least you can find it. Smooth as hell going down!
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 for my 100th beer, i went out and picked this up since it was the highest rated beer that was readily available. cost was $7.99.
i told myself i would use my knowledge of the previous 99 and give an unbiassed opinion. One hit of the aroma and taste, i knew there would be no problem with paying my respect.
aroma: chocolate, malt, fruit, alcohol.
appearance: very dark brown, cloudy, particles seen on the bottom.
flavor: wow, very complex. starts sweet, then the alcohol is felt, then kind of a hoppy bitter takes over a tthe end.
loving it! this has raised the bar of my beer tasting and i would love to find something that can beat this one!
blackburn99 (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the greatest beer that ever entetained my taste buds. It looks like a stout, but is not bitter or heavy like one. I wish I could drink this one every day, but an 11.2 oz. bottle costs about $8. I HAVE NEVER HAD A BETTER BEER !!!!!!!!
pinkzambia (1428) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Last time I had this before I was a rating fool, it seemed way better. But as usual, it pours a cloudy brown with a large light brown head. The aromas are those of ripe fruit and tangy notes as well. The tastes in this one were sweet medicine. I could also feel the higher alcohol % going down the esophagus. This doesnít mean that it wasnít smooth going down. It is as well as smooth onto the tastebuds. The carbonation is high. Like I said, it wasnít as good as I remember.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml - Happy birthday to me! - Aroma is pungent. Dark fruit, milk chocolate, Belgian yeast, black cherry, and a touch of licorice. Pours a deep muddy brown with a small thick lasting head and great lacing. Flavor is also strong. Alcohol is present and overpowers some of the subtleties in the nose. Some dark fruits and chocolate. Malty and yeasty. Palate is smooth and creamy. A very complex brew, but too much alcohol coveing up the flavors.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased a the Corkscrew, Urbana, for the low price of 5.39. Shared with Nilay, Drew, Andy, and Edward. Enjoyed alongside Rodenbach Grand Cru and La Folie. Nose and palate and loaded with caramel, toffee, raisin notes. Quite a bit of sweetness that caught me off guard. Great stuff, probably one of my favorite Belgians thatís not a Flanders, but I still donít see this as all that amazing. Does hide its alcohol well, I would not have guessed 11.3 ABV last night.
JK (4352) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 8 months, best by May 2008. Consumed to celebrate 1/2 way through lawschool. This is an excellent beer with complexity that is rarely matched. The aroma is dried fruit, soy sauce, and alcohol. It smells like an imperial stout. Very dark brown with small pieces of sediment sitting on the bottom of the glass. There is a very thin heading sitting evenly on the top of the beer. Very complex flavor. Medium-sweet malt, then followed by chalk. Next comes more dried fruit, light apple, and dry merlot. Dry after taste with more chalk and light fruit. Very heavy palate. An excellent beer in every way, but the huge price means this will remain a very rare treat.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Wow - what can I say that has not already been said - nothing I guess - fantastic.
gavin (7) - san francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ok, so this one is a tasty brew. i have sampled the st. bernardus and the rochefort 10 is definitely superior. i have several bottles of westvleteren 12 awaiting drinking, so i will hold off on proclaiming the big winner among the top rated trappists. yes, i have westvleteren. many bottles. and i live in the united states. you are free to envy me now.