SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malted caramel butter, plums and raisins, with spicey notes on the nose. Dark reddish brown tan cloudy in colour under strong houshold lighting. Nice midsized tan head when poured in a trappist glass. That ends in a never diminshing thin tan head. Plums that reminded me of drinking a sweet succulent champaign. Lovely fruited bouquet. Very pleasant to the buds. Easy drinkable as it breathed in the trappist. I do believe that it even got better tasting. From start to fin.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Tan colored head. Malt and cherries mixed with spices. I didn’t see what beer was poured before tasting this. Once I saw the bottle I realized this IS a fantastic beer, even without it’s reputation. My notes read "beautiful". Extremely smooth and balanced.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What to say about this beer. I feel its reputation far exceeds its quality. The best part about this beer is its aroma. To me, plum dominated but there is a pleathora of other flavours that touched my nose. I was a bit dissapointed with the rate the head dissapeared. I did like the nice amber/brown colour and the dense particles that floated about. Boy was I let down when I tasted it. Much less body than I expected, and the alcohol flavour really dominated. There was some complexity and a nice malty and vanilla-plum flavour. The finish was much shorter than I hoped. I know this gets good ratings, and by no means is it a bad beer, but I really don’t think it lives up to its rating.
GonZoBeeR (2802) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cette biere est une explosion de saveur.Tout les aromes et saveurs y passe caramel,reglise,epice,fruite,alcool ect...
Un vrais bijoux ma preferer dans le style jusqua present.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some good medicine! Malty, thick and rich. Tons of fruitiness (apple, plum, raisin, citrus) balanced with some burnt brown sugar and nutmeg. A hint of tobacco on the palate. The strong presence of alcohol is warming but not intimidating. Excellent, full finish that lasts a good 30 seconds!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lasting thick creamy tan head. Dark brown and yeasty body. Full aroma greets me, consisting of whiskey, kalua, oak, mixed fruit, sweet caramel. Taste has tobacco, mint, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Soft palate, not too carbonated and not too watery. Quite warming with the alcohol. After drinking the Westvleteren 12 and seeing some people prefer this over the Westy, I have to disagree. This is a great beer, but nothing compared to Westy 12.
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Considering the rave reviews this beer is getting, I was expecting to be blown away. That didn’t happen. Wonderfully fragrant, but in my opinion something of let down in terms of fulness and taste. Rather alcoholish it is, with a head that disappears surprisingly fast, like a soda pop. It sort of reminds me of the strong brews from Eggenberg and EKU 28, except I prefer those products to this one. To make sure I wasn’t having a one-off faulty example, I drank two Rochefort 10, but my verdict stands: An overrated Trappist product with a reputation that far outstrips its actual qualities. If you’re looking a full-bodied Belgian to keep you warm, I’d recommend a Gulden Draak over this one any day.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - OCT 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tutored tasting with Italian beer expert Lorenzo "Kuaska" Dabove.
Dark reddish brown, thick cream-brownish head. Beautiful complex aroma: candied fruits, chocolate, coffee, caramel, wine spirit, pear, dried prune.
Taste gives an initial note of chestnut honey, then candied fruits, a touch of malt sweetness and a round roasted bitterness in finish. Very rich mouthfeel, restrained full body and alcohol-feel, great beer!
pintocb (641) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really great beer. Worth the money. Tastes like a mix of different fruits. Alcohol is noticible, but doesn’t detract at all.
chris081283 (7) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
looks really dark and has god head retention, very intense flavours. Can’t tell it is as strong as it is, probably a little dangerous