leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 27, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Dark dark brown, thin bubbly, fluffy white head. The last few drops left chocolatey brown spots on the top of the head. Candy, malts, plums, raisins, chocolate. Almost painfully good. Those aromas are in there somewhere, but they jump around like crazy. Light bitter, nice alcohol finish. Extremely complex. Phenomenal.
Re-rate: Mostly the same, but without the complexity I remember. Different experience this time.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 The 3rd member of my Holy Trinity of Beer, along with Westvleteren 12 and Struise Pannepot. First time, bottle @ Peculier Pub, New York. Pours deep brown, almost black, with an off-white head. The aroma is very malty with fruit and subtle spicy notes thrown in. On the tongue, this is one of the most complex beers you will ever taste. The flavors shift as you savor the beer, and the monks have done a tremendous job masking the (considerable) alcohol. I never wanted this beer to end; I could drink it morning ítill night, every day. Fabulous brew.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown with tan head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and malt. Very appealing. Taste started off with some fruit and sweet malt and finished with a spicy floral hops bitterness. Very complex brew. I couldnít even tell it was 11% until I was finished!
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 Bottle at the Waterhuis bar in Ghent (Belgium), black with a large pillowy tan head. A beautifully sweet and spicy malt aroma with a (not surprising) obvious presense of alcohol. The palate is rich and heavy, with some sourness to cut through. Roasted malt flavours with nutmeg spice. I could sip this all night,
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 I have to say these beers are the best available Trappist beers out there. the 10 is definitely one to savor as there is a lot going on in that glass. pours a dark brown with little head. thicker in taste than the other two but the alcohol does not overpower it. how did i go for so long without knowing of this one i donít know.
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 Straight out of the fridge, I was underwhelmed. Head retention wasnít so good. As it warmed, it really opened up. Scent of raisin, cocoa, nutmeg, clove. Lively intense roasted, nutty malt with spiced finish. Sweet is balanced well with a little sour.
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with touches of auburn and a white lacey head. Robust, round floral aroma. Flavors of raisins, Belgian chocolate, and caramel. It has a molasses-like residual sweetness which gives it an almost liqueur-like aftertaste, but it isnít cloying at all. Excellent taste and balance.
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 (33cl bottle) Appears dark-brown until held up to light, then a reddish color. Light tan head. Sediment on bottom of glass. Head lasts for quite awhile, and there is significant lacing. Aroma of banana, raisins and alcohol. Taste is fruity with some spices that I canít quite make out, and nutty finish. Old rating: 8/4/8/4/17 = 4.1
Re-rate: Plummy aroma with a little banana. Taste is quite hot, some oxidation, raisin, some caramel and notes of chocolate. Nicely balanced. Thinner than I remember, smooth and a good length finish. Overall, a really solid beer. It doesnít amaze up front, but other than the alcohol it is really well balanced.
cirrosis (2) - CANADA - JUN 20, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
when i can get this beer i do, when i canít i start saving $$$. perhaps one of the best beers available in Canada
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting that I hadnít rated this one yet, here goes. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark sugar almost like molassas with a whisp of alcohol. Taste is amazing and smooth, starts sweet with dark fruits and candi sugar and raisins. The alcohol found in the nose is magically gone in the consumption of this tasty brew. This is really quality stuff and it only get smoother and more flavorful as it warms up.