Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Pours a very murky dark brown color. Aroma of belgian yeast, bannana, spice, alcohol, cherries. Flavor is alcohol, cherries, smooth, very nice. Still a little subdued for my taste.
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 One of my favourites. Rich, dark, and with lots of spice and dark fruit flavors. Excellent.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice deep mahogony color w/ a big thick flufy white head laces ok. Aroma keeps getting stronger up the 6,8,10 ladder this is big of the belgian yeast again plums and nutmeg and raisens. This stuff smells real good. Palate is rich and creamy warm well coated. Flavor is solid lightly alcohol belgian yeast plums buter raisens. Pretty damn good stuff.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Matt! (Doing a Rochefort vertical tonite). Best by October 6th, 2009. Pours to a carbonated dark brown color with a thin white head. Decent lacing. The aroma is very good. Tobacco, oak, figs, dark fruits. The palate is smooth and creamy. The flavor is very good, but I liked the 8 better because it is richer and stronger. Mmmmm...
ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured slowly with small head into Corsendonk goblet. Dark, cloudy. Visible sediment. Fragrant aroma of carmelized fruit, yeast. First taste: well-balanced sweet bitterness; chocolate and hint of figs; malty, even buttery. Taste develops, changes with second and third sips; stays on the tongue. Nice lacing. Warming sensation.
I could see myself enjoying this even more during the holiday season. Purchased at Greenís on Ponce in Atlanta; $5.99 for 11.2 oz. bottle.
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
***Dated 07-04-09, drank 22-06-05 - Aged 14 months
Dark brown beer with alot of free floating sediment . A tan, very thick and long lasting head, Excellent lacing. Very complex on the nose with hints of spices, raisins (dark fruits), sweet malts and belgian yeast. Sweet flavour with caramel and toffee. Very fruity. Medium-strong bitterness well balanced with the residual sweetness in this massive beer. nice and richly full bodied. Highly regarded as one of the world finest beers.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Bottle (330ml). Thanks to Peter from Esprit, the first of my very own case! Poured with very little head, but I was over-cautious after pouring an over-exuberant Achel Bruin/8 - slightly off-white foam, quick dissipating to a lovely skirl on the top. Very dark, slightly cloudy strong black tea colour, some bubbling and a little fine sediment at the end of the pour - I poured it all out (Iím not wasting this!!) and nothing visible in the bottom of my goblet. Aroma is ... complex. Malt (slightly sweet), chocolate, a bit of raisin, clove and spice, more I canít put my finger on. No alcohol in the bouquet to my nose (astonishing for an %11.3). A touch of yeast initially, quickly gone. Flavour is .. superb. A bit of yeast, but mostly cloves and mixed spices, aged malt, enough bitterness to balance, hint of decent white wine. Finishes perfectly - gradual easing off of all of the above. A beautiful Belgian - the only thing Iíve tasted better (once!!!!) was the Westvleteren ABT 12, and this is pretty close. I want another case!
jefcon (1376) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich brown coloration in the glass -- no lacing to speak of and little head. Aromas are less pronounced than other Belgians, lots of fruit on the nose, though: raisin, nectarine, peach. Palate emphasizes the lasting, complex, and ascending feel of the beer. Toasty and sour notes follow a creamy introduction that belies some of the brewís alcohol. Long finish shows off the depth of the beer. A refined abt with the most interesting alcohol notes Iíve tasted.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Had this bad boy sitting around, and for fatherís day...Poured a cloudy and thick brown with a foamy head that was speckeled. Strong aroma that made the wife say, "hey, I smell that funk way over here. There was chocloate and other crazy fruits. Really nice carbination carried the strong taste over the tongue. Nuts and rasisins and lots of other things, this was a fantastic brew. Re-Rate. There is a fine port aspect to this, and it was great a 2nd time.
ALLOVATE (2380) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A winter favourite of mine, I seemed to have amassed around twenty bottles over the last 3 years and found I only drink one every few months. But alas it is truly an experience I savour deeply with each time. (Bottle 12/10/08) Poured it into a short tulip straight from the cellar (?14 degrees) on a cold winterís night. Deep brown body, almost black, and opaque with a quickly settling loose pad of yeast. Head forms straight from the pour, sandy-beige and a good ĺ". Sticks around for the entire length and produces a good web of lace. Strong, almost pungent, vinous-chocolate aroma with a hefty waft of alcohol and yeast spices, dried fruit esters and a little earthy malt. The aroma continues expansion as I downed it and leans more towards a mixture of chocolate, nuts and warming alcohol. Big in the mouth, flavours eat right into every crevice and blend beautifully with assistance from the medium íspritzyí carbonation and silky smooth mouth feel. A little nutty and earthy, the pleasantly warming alcohol seems to compliment the chocolate, raisins, sultanas, low bitter hop and malt notes and toasted grains of this wonderful beer. Finishes off with a long, warming, dessert style chocolate and fruit swallow that surely shakes off the winter blues. This is easily one of my favourites and I just cannot fault it (second 5.0). Lovely!!!!