jason (1703) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Bottle. I do not even know if words can describe this beer. There are some rare moments when you are drinking a fantastic beer that everything seems o.k. in the world. A feeling of serenity and joy overtake your mind, body and soul. This is that beer.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I usually am so much more about American beers than Belgians, but this one was amazing. Amazing flavor, lots of complexity, malts, raisins, caramel, nuts. The aroma was nice, feel was very full and silky in the mouth. Hid the 11.3% very well. The thing about this beer is it fills with so much flavor, but is overwhelming in no way, and the flavor is just perfect. Couldn’t ask for more.
gregdl (6) - christiansburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love belgium beers, and this is the best I’ve had thus far. First sip you get a warm fuzzy feeling. Good chilled or at room temp. color is dark almost black,but not heavy in the taste. Aroma has hints of raisins. Finish is clean and pleasant unlike some dark beers.
This is my #1 beer.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Wow, wasn’t expecting this at all...all the joy of a Christmas beer, only year round...nice chocoloate colour with a creamy, quickly dispersing head. Heavy sediment - black yummies galore. Aroma and flavour are hand in hand: caramel, walnuts, rum and plum, with a very, very rich edge. Soft and flowing. Luxury in a bottle. I am not worthy.
Re-rate - Bottle from Quaffs... Getting sick so I thought I’d wrap up with a nice 10 and sweat it out...
Deep amber with an off white lasting foam of head. Nose of cocoa with a little liquorice, chicory, coffee and malt...some toffee and sweet dark fruityness. Stoutish dark baking choc in the mouth and a bit of dusty cocoa, liquorice comes rushing in with a touch of malt. Belly warming as it goes down, with a bitter hoppyness in the finish...Very drinkable, enough to up a point!
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nothing bad to say about this beer. Very sweet, can taste lots of things: liquorice, blackberries, wood... 11.3% but does not feel that strong
TheEpeeist (3474) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2 oz bottle. My 10th top 50! Beige head thins down quickly leaving a few melted marshmallows and an eternal skim coat stained with drops of coffee dregs. Lacing. Yeasty with up front alcohol and raisins. Woody Bazooka bubblegum. Wonderful lush feel that coats my mouth. Starts almost tasteless. Develops into a smooth oatmeal sherry with a touch of brown sugar. Alcohol hides behind a peppery finish. As good as this was, it only makes me realize how incredible Westie 12 is. Buzzin’.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 (Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) Pours hazy dark brown. Nougat white head. Smells nougat. Cocktail berrys. Some marzipan. Rum and raisins. Malt. Alcohol. Dried fruits. Plums. Hint of liquorice. The taste is a bit over ripe, like old fruits, but not in a bad way. Less sweetness then the regular belgian beers. Tastes of salt and pepper. Dark, wet soil and wood. yeast. Liquorice. Well balanced. Perfect carbonation.
EithCubes (5197) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 Bottle. Dark brown with a creamy, aggressive tan/light brown head. Alluring wafting scent of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, candis, chocolate, wood, dried fruit, and a little bit of musk. Yeah, pretty amazing nose. Taste takes most of those elements, but the alcohol is too sharp here, too warming, too crisp, too aggressive. Bit of a burn, and the creamy thickness of feel is damaged, and the finish covers over the hops. Aftertaste is more of a dry raisin. A big beer, and a marvelously complex one, but I’m going to go with the 8 next time. [2006.06.28: 4.1]
Re-rate, bottle best before end 26.03.2019, so quite fresh. Nose robust and sweet, deeply malty with fig, date, a little rum-raisin; touch candyish, ripe fruit, tiny bit of chocolate but that’s minor. Just loads and loads of yeast character. Pours deep, dark garnet that almost blots out the sun, supports a large foamy beige head that reduces apace. Medium body very attenuated and finishes much much drier than it starts, silky-smooth alcohol gently warms and seems classy and elegant and quiet; bitterness there but faint, body a touch airy, touch of orange peel, esters strong but the banana quickly yields to the bigger fig. Getting up into spirits territory here, and though this guy can handle it, and everything was controlled, the extra gin-like alcohol isn’t really doing much for me [the beer on the whole reminds me very much of some recent oude genever, just less ’barrel character’]. Once again, it’s that penultimate Dark Strong Ale in the series for me; the tallest boy is overcompensating. [2015.03.16: 4.1]
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cL bottle. Pours dark amber with impressive khaki head. The aroma has very assertive dark fruits, some alcohol, freshly baked oatmeal-raisin cookies. The flavor has quite a bit of caramel and raisin throughout; it starts with a tart, fruity, somewhat vinous note, and moves toward hardwood flavors and a wood, chocolate, and alcohol finish. Alcoholic aftertaste. Quite the tasty brew. Yay monks!
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Wow. Dark brown colour, nice white head. So complex. Fruits, plums. Taste was rich, some syrup, caramel, summer fruits. Great mouthfeel, not too bitter, perfect. Hides alcohol tremendously well. So complex I could mull over a crate of this easily. Simply the best beer I have ever tasted. Someone order me a crate!