ghawener (1522) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 29, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Licorice, smokey, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Too strong alcohol presence.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 Appears a hazy dark caramel brown with a small light tan head that fades into a mild, dissipating cap and collar. Little bits of yeast are in the bottom of the glass with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the top of the beer.
Smell is of dusty caramel, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, cocoa,bananas, with dark fruits, and berries.
Taste is of the same aromas in a fine, fine mix that is like an outstanding milk shake with well blended sweetness and rum.
Mouthfeel is rum filled with a banana & cocoa shake mixed with a dash of caramel, raisins, and brown sugar that is evenly balanced with a touch of alcohol....reminds me of a drink I got on my honeymoon that was a banana mashed in a blender with rum and cocoa syrup. These beautiful flavors coat the tongue and palate with a pleasing dessert like enjoyablilty that makes you forget that there is over 11% abv.
A sipper for the most part but it doesn’t get much better than that. This is a world class beer.
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 12-oz. Pours deep muddy brown with a moderately geysery tan head. Plenty of fruit (plum, sweet red wine grape) and yeast and sugar in the nose, in that order. The mouthfeel is definitely a triumph; velvet and tiny bubbles at the same time. The flavor brings plenty more of the same fruit, some nut and date, and a sour twist at the finish. This beer finishes on the front of the tongue rather than the back, which makes me think I may be losing my faculties just at the moment. This is a great beer, and no doubt cellaring would bring out a lot more from it. Drinking the 7th best beer in the world is quite a thing, even if picking any "best" beers is about as reliable as picking the greatest minute of the day.
vitaminT (9) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 Aroma has plum and raisons with alcohol present in the nose. The beer poured a muddy brown with alot of yeast. Very nice beer with great plum flavor and a spicey finish. This could be from the alcolhol content or the hops, no sure.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours muddy brown with a thick, white/tan head that last. Aroma is dark fruits, plums, raisons, some malt, and alcohol--was fairly strong and pleasing at first, but dissapated quickly. Strong and malty sweetness upfront. Significant spicey notes that balance the malt. Dark fruit. Alcohol is big provides a lasting warmth. Overall, it’s a fantastic beer, with a great amount of complexity, but I think there was more going on in the aroma than the flavor...a bit disappointed.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nicely laced head which dissipates with with a delightful effervescence in the tawny pour. The aroma is quite Belgian (go figure) - yeastiness, aged ripened fruit, spiciness, sweet malt, honeysuckle, and hints of the alcohol. Very inviting. A velvet caress of the tongue in a smooth beer for the strength, the flavors include a mild but surprising blast of yeasty, fruity goodness up the nasal cavity whilst providing a nearly perfect melding of sweet ripened plummy malts, pears, smokiness, toasted nuts, and aged noble hoppiness on the tongue. This stuff is very, very good. Surprisingly, no alcohol hotness in this 11.3%ABV beer. Reminiscent of a perfectly cooked aged beefy filet mignon for some reason. I would love to have a case of this in the cellar for special occasions. Remember to pour the whole bottle, the yeast at the bottom adds a great deal of additional interest and complexity to this one, which is best at around 60-65 degrees F.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i had to try strong plum and raisin with fruity overtones not a big belgium fan but i was surprised and enjoyed it hype is good my first trappist and not my last
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This seems to be all the rage around here. It is good, so I understand why I guess. It is weird when a Belgian just takes an area by storm, as it has the San Diego area in the past six months at the least. Trendy is a bad word to throw around, but in this case, in the diehard San Diego beer drinking community, it applies most appropriately. If you find your way to the RB guide to the best beer in CA, this one ranks in at #2. Pretty high for a beer that is not even brewed in this country, let alone in CA. But the high rating is not undeserved, as far as these whole arbitrary lists go. This is an excellent beer, best poured into that flat-bottomed trappist-style glass which exposes a wide surface to the air. Mellow, maybe a little fruity with the raisins flavor, but all the same agreeable for the most hesitant palate. If anything, the malty sweetness comes through a little stronger than would be hoped, but there is a spicy bitterness (vague hops and sour cherries) in the end that saves it. Complex, intriguing, and unexpected. Not necessarily worth the hype, as far as this SoCal drinker is concerned. But it still deserves a good score.
Quevillon (2661) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 33 cl de HogTownHarry. Belle couleur brune foncée, petit collet qui dure. Très bon arome d’épice, de petit fruits et de caramel. Bon goût épicé et sucré, on goût aussi l’alcool mais elle n’est pas équeurante, elle réchauffe. Merci Harry!
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared between my wife and I. Pours a dark, amber color. Medium white head. Nose of bananas, brown sugar and yeast. Flavor is phenomenal and very complex - spice, raisins and slight hops. Yeast is not very prevalent; this beer is more bitter than sweet. Alcohol is nicely hidden behind the flavor and what seems to be a bit of carbonation. My first trappist, and I must say that I’m impressed.