Gr0ve (2169) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Port-like dark red colour with some brownish notes. Tall coarse off-white head. High carbonation level as the beer came shooting out of the bottle with opened. Potent plummy, sherry-like and malty candy sugar aromas. Notes of soap. Ripe cherry and fruit. Lots of carbonation as it enters the mouth. Medium-bodied with a lot of alcohol at first. Very sugary with a plummy and raisiny flavour. Hops can only be detected in the finish where it is drying. Alcoholic nose. I didnít really enjoy it very much. Iíve had this beer before and liked it much better then. I think this perhaps was a rather odd bottle. Will try it again soon. (batch L150311 9:53)
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle best before 05/04/10: Dark brown pour with a medium white head that faded quickly. Aroma, raisins and other dark fruits, some sweetness. Flavor is fruity, grapes and other dark fruits, some carmelly malts, a light carbonation, that leeds to a sweet alcoholic finish. This beer is pretty damn amazing, but itís no westy.
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2006 Sweet Raisin coffee and dark fruits Pours very dark brown almost black completely opaque with a light head and good lacing. Starts off very dark and smooth with raisins and black currant work into a smooth alchohol flavor and burn. Nice smooth finish of nuts and berries. A wonderfull mouth through out. This beer was great. Smooth delicious and delightfully warm very complex full of fruits nuts earthly flavors. quite the DD.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a very dark brown with a medium off-white head. Fruity aroma, I can smell raisins the most. Can taste the alcohol a little too much, but otherwise nice and sweet. Too complex for my feeble mind to comprehend.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Phenomenal. Second only to the Westy 12 in my book. Somewhat fizzy carbonation and a tan head that quickly dissipates. Big warm sweet alcohol taste with currants and raisins on the tongue. Almost no hops but a big full bodied beer.
mike4aker (27) - USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is perhaps the best beer Iíve tried. Has a very high alcohol taste, but has a very smooth aftertaste. Well worth the price.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
For me, this is the quintessential trappist quadrupel. I enjoyed this one more than the Westy 12. I think it was somewhat because the rochefort had more of a kick and more easily pronounced flavors. The aroma and flavors are both of strong alcohol soaked dark fruits, raisins and plums. This beer is very complex and a real treat to drink. Now if I could only hold on to one long enough to see what some age does to those complexities...
lincoln1965 (5) - Pueblo, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very creamy off white head. Nice aroma of plums. Nice full mouth feel. Very alcohlic taste at first then mellow at the bcak of the tongue. Plums and cherry extremely SMOOTH aftertaste. This is the best ale I have EVER had. This is to be enjoyed SLOWLY like a fine cognac.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle-This one left me wanting more-but I didnít have any! Poured a dark brown w/a slight hint of mahogany & an off white foamy head. Great aroma, very herbal/botanical/fruity. Itís just a flavor explosion-sweet, malty, plum, somewhat wine like but better. Very complex-many levels/waves. Just sit back & enjoy it. Long, long finish, very smooth.
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What to say about this beer that has not been already said. The dark brown color the aroma of caramel and nuts. The flavor of berries. It is the beer that all good beer drinkers should have and that is all.