SSstout (5) - Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours rich dark mahagony from bottle to tulip with minimal head. Aroma of sweet nutty chocolate. Light on the palate with creamy, smooth flavor. Extremely well crafted. Appealing drinkability even to novice tasters. Highly reccommended.
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured a mahongany brown color with minimal head. aroma is of chocolate, figs, and raisens. the mouthfeel is great with a nice creamy but light texture. flavors of light chocolate, figs, and a slight port like. very good.
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown (actually a dark brown, not just a not-quite-black or dark red) with red edges when held to the sun. Average sized off-white creamy head which lasted about half way down the glass. In spite of the huge bulk of sediment, this beer was only slightly cloudy. Lots of suspended tiny particles. Aroma is moderately yeasty, predominantly sweet of candied pears, brown sugar, ripe brie (with some ammonia), earth, light alcohol, and a nice touch of aged scotch whiskey. Flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acetic, with notes of maple candy and caramel. Medium bodied, smooth, but somewhat watery, lively carbonation, vinegary finish. Undoubtedly a finely crafted beer, but not a 100 pointer in my most humble of opinions.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After much searching I finally found a bottle of this at some belgian beer bar in an alley in Stockholm, Sweden. Poured into the matching Rochefort glass a deep dark brown color with the perfect amount of froathy beige head that lasted the entire beer. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar, plum, raisin and alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma: plums, brown sugar/caramel, raisins and a deep alcohol undertone. All members of my family tried this beer and all enjoyed it. A classic!
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Wow what an improvement over the #8. The commercial description is right on. Aromas of vineous grapes, plums, light chocolate. Flavor is plums, grapes, chocolate tones. Full mouthfeel, and very soft, and light in weight. Those damn belgians are awesome arent they!
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown colour with red. Nice thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruit and alcohol. Lovely thick mouthfeel, kick of alcohol, complex fruity caramel tones. I approve.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown with a purple hue. The caramel head is frothy and stays awhile. The aroma is strongly of alcohol and raisins. Strong flavor of alcohol and fruit, raisins, winelike and warming. Pleasant palate, alcohol is not overwelming, but definitely a sipper to enjoy slowly.
fonefan (38880) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown with a medium off-white head. Fruity aroma, raisins the most. Big warm sweet alcohol taste with currants and raisins. Has a very smooth aftertaste
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 [bottle, slightly above fridge temperature]
Strong musty grape/winey aroma, with some sweet, dark malts. Flavors are pretty huge- moderate carbonation, plenty of dark fruits like cherries, plums, raisins initially; then a nice woodiness comes through. Alcohol finishes things off, leaving plenty of warmth. Subtle nutmeg/brown sugar spices. Strong, almost glaring alcohol presence. Still, an impressive beer.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge bubbly and frothy head--nice dark brown caramel color. Strong sweet aromas of dried fruit: raisins, plums, dates, as well as molasses, caramel, dark roasted grains and malt. The alcohol was present in the aroma, in the form of a red-wine-like sweetness. The flavors were completely overwhelming: sweet malt, dark roasted grains, dried fruits (cherries, plums, raisins, blueberries) as well as fresh apple and pear notes. The alcohol is definitely present in the flavors, especially in the finish, but the beer as a whole is so sweet and complex that this doesn’t take away from the experience. A perfect amount of carbonation as well as a nice smooth and sweet mouthfeel that isn’t too syrupy. Overall an amazing experience, definitely the greatest (accessible) beer of its kind.