GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve never seen anything like this. Such unflitered earthy brown. The head was a beatuiful tan as well. First Sip: Refreshing, sweet plum. Nice. It really is plum and I wasnít even looking at the description when I thought of it. The alcohol aroma goodness climbs through my nostrils and starts a party in my brain. 11.3%?! You gotta be kidding me. Where do they hide it? As the coolness dissipates there is a pleasant bitterness that settles on the tongue. This by the way was my 21st bday present from davhgbrew :) Half way through. Now Iím beginning to taste the alcohol, but I stress it is pleasant.
Mads Langtved (2246) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty violent beer, I would not drink it on a warm and hot summerday. However the flavor is very complex and the beer reminds a little about Westvleteren. However it is not the same elegance as the Westvleteren, but if youíre looking for a substitude for the Westvleteren (because of itís rarity) Rochefort 10 is an excellent choice.
David (34) - Charlottenlund, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the second best beer Iíve had. Itís strong yet it doesnít feel unpleasent but the taste of alcohol is there if you look for it and it sets this beer back somewhat. Overall itís deffinately a good beer and I would recommend trying it. Iíve like to note that Iíve tasted this beer a couple times and itís never tasted quite the same way so it makes rating the beer a litle bit difficult.
jaymobrown (1508) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark and complex beer. Strong flavors of plums and raisins. There is an amazing array of flavors happening in this beer, everything from bananas to grapes. The alcohol is well hidden here. This is a must have.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmm. What a nose, one of the best Iíve ever smelled. Wondrous. Rich, sweet, and sugary, this oneís redolent with butterscotch, caramel, cola, and loads of malts. Reminds me quite a bit of Old Horizontal or, to be safe, Horzy probably reminds me of this one (gotta give credit where credit is due). Pretty brew, nice dark reddish-purple color. Had a more prevalent head than expected. Flavor is very rich and strong, though certainly doesnít seem to be an 11.3% brew--the complexity masks the % quite nicely. Tasty yeasts, giving a pleasing residual sweetness. Very fruity, lots of ripe plums, vanilla, and port. Very vinous, reminding me of a number of barleywines (or, again, the other way around). Very smooth and a bit creamy. Incredibly complex brew, and a worthy #400 drunk to celebrate the little boyís three-month birthday.
johninmelb (1005) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Second favourite trappist ale. Great fruit, different flavours almost with each mouthful. Got that broad nuttiness you might find in a really, really expensive red wine.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color is a somewhat disturbing dark, hazy, muddy brown. Who knows what lurks in this? Only the monks know for sure. I get first whiffs of maple syrup, sweaty socks, cinnamon and alcohol. The head pours thick and quickly clears. This is difficult to describe. I keep getting familiar tastes, but the mix is so complex that I canít pin things down quick enough. Spicy, lightly hopped overtones mix with a complicated, yet subtle, chocolate flavor. Nothing steps on anything else. Lurking behind it all is a big alcohol undercurrent that is masked well. Take your time, enjoy the wonders.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rerate: They got this at my local bottle shop! so i couldnít resist a rerate. mmmmm...... i wasnít dissapointed. It canít be described how i feel about this beer (the only reason itís not perfect is because i donít really want to rate a beer that highly yet). NOTE: a bit hoppier this time (although same expiry date). Still excellent as ever.
<P>Original Rating: (8/21/02)(My 100th Rating!) First of all let me say the I didnít want to get too excited before drinking this brew. After all I had read other peoples rating about how it wasnít that refined and the alcohol was too dominant etc etc. Now let me say: this might very well be my new favouite beer.
Black/Brown/Maroon in clour with lovely white head. Aroma is one of the best Iíve encountered. And the flavour! much more toffee-y and malty than what I had been anticipating (I was expecting more plums and raisins). Every tastebud on your tougue is tickled in delight as the liquid slides down your mouth. Alcohol is quite noticeable but I didnít find this to be an overly bad thing. Although I donít like to give high ratings on a whim (this will be my highest I believe) I canít help myself with this baby. A fitting 100th!
jerohen (1863) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 One of the best Belgian strong ales around. I recently sampled a 3.5 year old bottle, but to my surprise the ageing effect is not as obvious as for let?s say Chimay. Still a fantastic and complex brew. Re-rate: BB 2008, sampled 2009 (about 6 years old). Obvious aged notes, especially in aroma. However, in flavor this one seemed to be beyond its peak. Relatively thin mouthfeel. Very good beer, but i?m not convinced about its aging potential.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A Trappist with a best before date, well at least itís telling me I have until 2007 but Iíll finish mine by the time Iíve finished typing. <p>
Dark brown color, lots of foam. Vinuous aroma, grapey/appley with notes of chocolate and bubble gum. Smooth palate, lots of fruit but not intense, lightly roasted and nutty with some alcohol astringeny and bite in the finish. Very pleasnat but packed with flavor and character. Great match for chocolate.