segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nicely laced head which dissipates with with a delightful effervescence in the tawny pour. The aroma is quite Belgian (go figure) - yeastiness, aged ripened fruit, spiciness, sweet malt, honeysuckle, and hints of the alcohol. Very inviting. A velvet caress of the tongue in a smooth beer for the strength, the flavors include a mild but surprising blast of yeasty, fruity goodness up the nasal cavity whilst providing a nearly perfect melding of sweet ripened plummy malts, pears, smokiness, toasted nuts, and aged noble hoppiness on the tongue. This stuff is very, very good. Surprisingly, no alcohol hotness in this 11.3%ABV beer. Reminiscent of a perfectly cooked aged beefy filet mignon for some reason. I would love to have a case of this in the cellar for special occasions. Remember to pour the whole bottle, the yeast at the bottom adds a great deal of additional interest and complexity to this one, which is best at around 60-65 degrees F.
railcat1 (693) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i had to try strong plum and raisin with fruity overtones not a big belgium fan but i was surprised and enjoyed it hype is good my first trappist and not my last
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This seems to be all the rage around here. It is good, so I understand why I guess. It is weird when a Belgian just takes an area by storm, as it has the San Diego area in the past six months at the least. Trendy is a bad word to throw around, but in this case, in the diehard San Diego beer drinking community, it applies most appropriately. If you find your way to the RB guide to the best beer in CA, this one ranks in at #2. Pretty high for a beer that is not even brewed in this country, let alone in CA. But the high rating is not undeserved, as far as these whole arbitrary lists go. This is an excellent beer, best poured into that flat-bottomed trappist-style glass which exposes a wide surface to the air. Mellow, maybe a little fruity with the raisins flavor, but all the same agreeable for the most hesitant palate. If anything, the malty sweetness comes through a little stronger than would be hoped, but there is a spicy bitterness (vague hops and sour cherries) in the end that saves it. Complex, intriguing, and unexpected. Not necessarily worth the hype, as far as this SoCal drinker is concerned. But it still deserves a good score.
Quevillon (2576) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 33 cl de HogTownHarry. Belle couleur brune foncée, petit collet qui dure. Très bon arome d’épice, de petit fruits et de caramel. Bon goût épicé et sucré, on goût aussi l’alcool mais elle n’est pas équeurante, elle réchauffe. Merci Harry!
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared between my wife and I. Pours a dark, amber color. Medium white head. Nose of bananas, brown sugar and yeast. Flavor is phenomenal and very complex - spice, raisins and slight hops. Yeast is not very prevalent; this beer is more bitter than sweet. Alcohol is nicely hidden behind the flavor and what seems to be a bit of carbonation. My first trappist, and I must say that I’m impressed.
bobaidan (518) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a murky brown with a small head. Aroma is fruit, caramel and mouthwatering. I could smell it all day long. Flavor is complex and consits of fruitiness, sweet malt and a present but not overbearing alcohol flavor. The finish is the taste equivalent of the aroma. This is an excellent brew and should not be missed
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 (5303) - 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.