Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown with huge tan head. Aroma is darkly fruity with raisin, plum and even a hint of cola. Extremely well blended wave of tastes from cherry to cola to booze and on to yeasty and salty. Alcohol is mostly hidden, and carbonation is perhaps a bit too much. $5.50/11.2oz
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 I canít believe I havenít rated this one yet. The first time I had this it was utterly glorious. Layers of fruit and spices exploded, one by one, and it just seemed to emit a magical quality. The aroma is the best Iíve ever known in a beer. Aside from the usual adjectives, I find it especially full of blueberries. Iím only giving it a 16 overall because it is hit or miss; some bottles seem more like coca-cola than a trappist quad. I originally got a bunch of bottles from 2004, and Iím letting the rest age as long as I can hold out. I feel that this beer definitely takes on a different character with age.
9/16/2008 - 2004 bottle. This beer has changed significantly during the past two or so years. Small, creamy wisps float atop the brew. Any hint of bitterness has vanished. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious, amazing. There is some magical quality in the aroma I could never put my finger on, I feel like itís reminiscent of blueberries. The beer is much more well-rounded today with 3+ years of age. Thereís a really creamy richness, like chestnuts and honey. Tends toward tropical rum at times. The finish is much shorter, the beer is more round. A very rich sweetness shines in the middle. Difficult to describe but a joy to drink this bottle.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown with ruby highlights in appearance, with thick creamy tan head. aroma of cherry and malt, raisin, and blackberry and blueberry. flavor is kind of astringent with lots of blackberry, blueberry and cherry going on. hints of banana and lemon too... i had my doubts about this but seriously a great beer. hints of black licorice also. damn. smooth and just great.
thefederalist (301) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark, reddish brown with a nice big head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor is sweet, salty and enormously complex. Itís enormous gravity is well hiden, and it is definately a very fine beer.
Hamirubi (427) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 33cl bottle at home (20 IX 2014). An aroma which makes me think of caramel, and above all of coffee, nuts and toast. The hops arenít pronounced; the yeast tastes like leather. Besides that this classic brew has hints of vanilla and liquorice. The appearance is rather brown than red, with a hazy smoothness and yellow brown foam. The taste is obviously heavy sweet, with a touch of mild bitterness. The palate: a heavy body, thin-smooth texture which feels oily, sticky and yet creamy too. An average carbonation, a sharp ending. This is a lovely beer, at blind tastings hinting clearly at trappist/quadrupel.
Previous rating (19 III 2007): Excellent trappist beer. This beer can compete with the best beers of the world. It has a fruity taste and is very mature and dark.
rocbyter (2037) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderate sweet malty aroma. Black apperance with a large thick tan head. The Last of the beer out of the bottle left a brown circle on the head. Smooth malty taste. Not too sweet tasteing for 11.5% alcohol. Creamy. Light amount of brown sediment. Nice balance.
jredmond (7142) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 11.2 oz bottle. Poured a massive dark brown head with a dark brown body. The aroma was of malt and raisins while the taste was filled with raisin, malt, and chocolate. Good beer, could taste the alcohol though.
rane (999) - Nibe, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. An excellent beer. Dark brown colour with pale brown head medium lasting. Aroma with notes of flowers, dried fruit. Taste complex with notes of dried fruit, plum and raisins. Long lasting and nice aftertaste.
It is certainly very good, but doenīt reach the heights of Westvletern abt. 12 by my opinion.
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep color of purple and brown. A natural color of the earth, most definately. Minimal head - this could very well be my fault as I became distracted during the pour and may have just screwed it up. I sniffed an aroma of bitter cherries, alcohol, and toffee. Flavor is full - spice and sweetness dominate at first. It mellows a bit in the mouth and leaves behind a nice taste of acholol and zip. Thatís right. Zip. Was having a conversation with the lovely barkeep at dba in New Orleans as I drank this beauty. An excellent source of Belgiumís is she.
janubio (607) - SPAIN - MAR 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Brown creamy foam with a middle duration. Brown colour, unless you remove in the end to pour the sediment, then itís very dark.
Earthy liquorous aroma, with coffee, some chocolate, and the usual suspects: plums, raisins...Mouth is delicious and very alcoholic, warm, chocolate, the usual suspects again, brandy... Vinous and velvety, both in aroma and in mouth, but without losing that kind of roughness or unrefined quality usual in many trappist beers. Did I tell it feels vey alcoholic?