Hamirubi (566) - 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 (2077) - 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 (7460) - 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 (1010) - 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 (705) - 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?
LadyCooper (100) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tan head with a deep molasses colour. Deep plum aroma, with a flavour of malt, raisins, molasses, and brown sugar. Fruity, sweet, complex, big warm kick of alcohol at the end. Holy god, this is amazing.
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice brown with a large light tan head. Pretty strong aroma. Spices, malt, yeast, dark fruit, and alcohol. Smells delicious. Mouth is full and fairly creamy with nice carbonation. Flavor is full of spice, sweet malt, molasses, dark and slightly bitter fruit, and some alcohol. FInishes with some dry bitterness and noticeable alcohol. Iíll see this one again.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank in a trappist glass. Poors a slightly darker poor than its predecessors with a foamy brown head. Distinct Rochefort smell with dates, blackberries, brown sugar, creamy nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon and ALOT more. Extremely perfect mouthfeel, very thick and cream... even the alcohol is different. Good carbonation. Nice sweet caramel taste added the dark fruits. There is a salty feel to it as well...??? Explosion of flavors.... WOW!
Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours medium brown with an off white fast disappearing head. Toffeeish aroma doesnít really give away the complex and wonderful taste. Creamy mouthfeel, lively carbonation and a very long finish. Noticable alcohol is only real mar.