chronictonic (463) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 Deep muddy red in color. Aromas are of candied fruit - cherry, dates, plum & currant - as well as sweet malt aroma. Flavor is big and intense and matches the aroma. Finishes with a nice kick of hops to cleanse the palate and get you ready for your next quaff. Very highly recommended.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown colour, with a dense, fine head, which is reasonably well lasting, descending to leave some fine lace. The aroma is a wonderful indication of what is to come, with a slight hint of bitterness, and plenty of nice fruity smells... if you can't smell the plum, there is something wrong with you! I did not notice the alcohol in the flavour, more just the flavours that were promised in the aroma were delivered, again, with a small amount of bitterenss to balance out the sweetness. This is a great beer!
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very rich beer. Brew pours ruby/dark brown with a massive head that mostly dissipates. There is some light lacing. Aroma is very rich with multiple aromas including alcohol, nuts, and lots of fruits. Flavor is delicious and deep with plum, black currant, and alcohol being very noticible. This is a very warming beer and the alcohol is quite evident. There is also a noticible chewiness. Very delicious.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer, no doubt. The alcohol is more noticeable than in the Westvleteren 12 and not as complex. But I'd still drink A LOT of them.
japet (38) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers in the world. Well balanced bitterness and sweetness. Strong, but the taste of alcohol is well hidden in this complex beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 02/04/2005 9/4/8/4/17 – 4.3Dark garnet body topped by a wispy thin tracer of a head, tan on color. It shows thick legs and light lacing on the glass. The aroma is gorgeous, big dark fruits, raisins, plums, light licorice. Malty sweetness that is manifested primarily as toffee. The flavors are equally as complex and inviting. Sweet chewy toffee up front that then develops into dark fruit, primarily raisins. Alcohol flavor is lightly noticeable but the burn is there after the swallow, pleasantly numbing the gums. The body is full and assertive with a long lingering finish. A hell of a beer but the Westy 12 is much better.
8/20/2003 9/4/65/19 – 4.6What a beer! Pours a big off-white frothy head. A deep murky brown with hints of red. Huge aromas, sour cherry, toffee, raisins. Big flavors also, caramel, plum/raisin very complex. Alcohol is noticeable, especially after you swallow, not a bad thing in any way. Big chewy body with a very nice lingering finish. Does it get any better than this? Let me taste that Westy 12 and I will let you know.
Sigmund (4506) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(330 ml bottle). Pours with an enormous and thick light tan head, beer is cloudy, very dark brown colour. Heavenly complex aroma: oak, port wine, dried fruit and spices. 10 points for aroma is not enough! Flavour is complex, spicy and oaky - toffee sweetness is well balanced with hops. Warming mouthfeel, otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Long lasting aftertaste. Can't find any faults with the beer - therefore a straight 5.0. Does that imply that any "perfect" beer has to be as strong as Rochefort 10? Certainly not - but in the strong division, this one is in the lead, at least untill I have sampled Westvleteren... (But the price in Norway is outrageous: USD 9 for a small bottle - in the store!)
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 November 2, 2006 Bottle dated 220909. Purchased at the NSLC Port of Wines for the princely sum of $2.98!!! Happy Birthday to me! Huge billowy beige head atop a very dark brown body. Aroma is lightly alcoholic, mild malt and burnt caramel/sugar aroma is moderate, and not helped by my (only available) choice of glassware, but still quite pleasant. Rich flavour is quite obviously alcoholic but more from the gravitas and the warming of the throat than any rough alcohol tastes. Spicey light hints of anise, slowly crosses into an inscrutable line of fruit that is not quite raisins or plum. Lingering warmth of anise/spice and mild sugars in the malty aftertaste. Silky palate (4+) would be a 5 for sure if it had not lost so much carbonation to head formation. Lovely way to start an evening - I am off to the brewpub now! Huzzah! 7/5/8+/5/17 - 4.25 <P>
April 2006 Bottle dated 111108. Probably around a year old or more. Dark brown body with a big fluffy beige head. Boozey aroma, cocoa, muted sweet malt. Sweet malt flavour finishes quite dry, with a warming alcoholic finish and aftertaste. Light burnt sugars below a light powdery cocoa that is mild and subtle but lingers. Malt is far less present and alcohol more prominent than I remember from previous samples. Light notes of dark fruit. Alcohol tones down as the glass goes on, or perhaps it just numbs your palate a little! Medium bodied palate. Fails to live up to my mental picture of it, but still pleasant. 6+/5/7/4/14 - 4.0<P>
August 2003 TFOB. Deep brown/black colour, sweet with a hint of roasted flavour. Nice head, good velvety palate. 6/5/8/5/17 - 4.1
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Appears deep auburn brown but when held up to bright light appears a deep redish amber color. A really beautiful looking beer. Head is creamy tan and very tight settling down to about a quarter inch and resting there. Aroma is a complex one. Very fruity and raisin like aromas, alcohol also present. A bit earthy as well. A rich strongly flavored beer which is fruity and malty with a good kick. Has a very smooth and delicate mouthfeel with just a bit of a bite to it near the finish. Nice warming effect creeps up on you. An exceptional ale.
Update 1/22/10 This as fine a beer you can get. pours beautifully with a thick and lasting head. Wonderful aroma of fruit,malt and yeast, full lucious body with fruity malty flavors to die for.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown, full tan head. The various tastes (dark fruits, nuts) seem to fade in slowly, go through various waves of greatness, give a full and creamy mouthfeel, then fade out ever so slowly. I need to drink more to experience more of the complexities of this wonderful brew. This is as close to perfection one can be!