simbasa (13) - watsonville, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great!! chocolate looks and flavor. a little musty alcohol palate. it has a monastery aged in a cellar quality and taste to it. carbonation is strong. pour this full on into a glass to break down carbonation a little. overall this is deserving of a top spot on the list. yes!!!
nairbh (2) - DENMARK - FEB 23, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The perfect beer! nothing less. Thick creamy. And an explosive taste that lasts forever111
reedcd2 (47) - USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Just got my first job offer - this is the celebration drink. Deep chocolate color and a firm beige head. Fruity complex smells and an explosive first taste. I poured this right out of the fridge and want to wait a little to let the aromas and flavor settle a bit. some nuts, raisins, bitter sweet chocolate, and malts in the smells. crisp and complex fermented taste. you wait for the alcohol to be a little overbearing, but it maintains decent balance. Not what I had expected, but definitely unique. Can’t argue with 11.3 % ABV either
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Thanks to Jeremy Craigs for this great beer. Pours a deep chocolate brown with a large tan head. Head diminishes but there was some head right to the end of the beer, which came much too fast. Very complex aroma that to me was dominated by raisins and other dark fruit. There are earthy notes to the flavour along with chocolate. There are other flavours and aromas in there which I just cannot identify. By far the best beer I have had to date however I am not giving it a 5. You have to leave room for a better beer to come along. That said if those monks are half as good at praying as they are at brewing there is a special place reserved for them in heaven.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My 100th beer rating, so I picked out a good one. Pours a deep amber brown with a large, frothy tan head. Wonderful malty aroma with plenty of dark fruits - raisin, plum, cherry, grape. Also has hints of licorice, spices, toffee, and earthy tones. Very impressive taste - it is extremely complex in flavor. There are all kinds of fruits, spices, and even chocolate and a hint of coffee. There is also some oak and smoke in the slightly bitter finish. Ultra smooth beer for nearly 12% alcohol. The palate is simply perfect - could not be better. The beer is full-bodied with plenty of carbonation and a creamy texture. This is definitely the best beer I’ve ever had.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Robe brune foncée légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse brune épaisse en dentelle et persistente. Arômes de levure et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de chocolat, de malt caramélisé, de noix et d’érable. Houblon de soutien. Alcool présent.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Pours dark brown with a wispy off-white head. Aroma of raisins, dates, plums, licorice, pepper, toffee, and black currant. Taste is heavy malt, with vinous, smoky, and spicy notes. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky with heavy foamy carbonation. This bottle was pretty hot, the alcohol wasn’t as well hidden as I had hoped. Still, this is an incredible beer that will become majestic with age. This is a vintage drinker only, as far as I am concerned.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitely one of the smoothest & full-flavored trappist beers. You wouldn’t even know it was over 11% alcohol unless you looked at the label.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruit fermented aroma along with some caramel. Brown cloudy body with decent head on pour. Good carbination with settiment on bottom of glass. Flavor has a mild to medium sweet fruit and caramel. Alcohol give a warming effect on the face. Smooth enjoyable beer with some alcohol on the finish. Good stuff.
Dedollewaitor (14511) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 dark, full, strong. Soft carbonation. A scent of liquirace. Creamy. Long everlasting finish! Warmth from alcohol. Simply the best in its category!
Rerate 09. Several bottles from basement, Amazing - but not a 5.