sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 (Bottled, BBE 09/2009) Very dark brown, but not opaque, color with a medium, beige, lasting head. Very strong initial licoricey herbiness that settles into sweetish, strong and caramely-toffeeish maltiness in a somewhat scotch ale -like way. A fantastic, strong and winous, very licoricey-malty, raisiny flavor with nice, spicy bitterness. Quite full-bodied, but not exactly thick, sweetish-sugary and bitter palate with medium carbonation. Well hidden ABV for its class. A truly excellent, warming and reasonably complex trappist, that is just an inch too thin from perfection. On the other hand, it’s quite easy to drink despite the 11.3%. Definitely a world class brew!
(Earlier rating, was 7-5-8-4-15=3.9) Very, very dark, deep red color with a medium, bubbly head. Malty, alcoholic, sourish, strong aroma. Burning alcohol flavor with raisins, dark chocolate and anise. Slightly sweet. Very full-bodied, oily and creamy palate. A very enjoyable trappist, but a bit too alcoholic.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibly complex aroma, mixing caramel, toffee, chocolate, pineapple, and perfume. Pours super dark burgundy, almost black, with a monstrous but quickly disappearing head, which is reduced to a sudsy thin layer. alcohol flavor is a little on the strong side, but it IS 11.3%, so taking that into account, it's downright smooth.
skaughty (642) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 After a few bottles (of various vintage) and a mediocre finish in a Abt/Quad shootout - time for a *slight* downgrade. The richness and thickness are still there every time. The aroma varies drastically with age. <P>
Having the "6", the "8" and the "10" all in my possession begs the question - where to start? Work my way up the scale or down? Providentially, my coin flip landed on heads - start from the top. Bottle dated "24 07 07" (bottled July 2002). The pour was like extracting catsup from a Heinz bottle - glug,glug...Mighty thick stuff! I think some of the spent yeast was suspended in there. As expected, minimal head and lacing in this straight brown brew. You name the fruit, it was in the aroma. Plums and Cassis dominated, maybe even some pumpernickel bread in there. Then came the first sip. The response? "OhMyGodThisIsTheBestBeerEverToTouchMyVirginL There was a moderate sweetness, a vinousness, with a touch of spice and aciditiy. The mellowness that came with age was clearly present. I didn’t sense any dark chocolate bitterness as expected (a good thing to me). I could feel the warmth as this syrup slithered down my throat, tickling on the way down. I wonder if this could be requested as a last meal (all by itself)? Possibly administered by a monk who has devoted his life to prayer...my soul would be at rest.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a deep brown with a thin head. Aromas of plums, raisins, toasted malts.There were other scents but I could not define them. Needless to say the nose is quite complex. Then I took a sip. YE GODS! What a burst of flavours. Big alcohol kick (11.3 abv duh!)toasted malts, hops, mildly tannic, touch of coffee,many fruits and a dry finish that kept on going for minutes afterwards.Top of the pile for me....so far.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Powerful fruity, floral, sweet, and carmel aroma. So good I had to go in for another whiff and got foam on my nose. Unique complexity in its great taste. Layers of flavor; sweetness, carmel, spice, and an ever so slight bitterness with a creamy, yeasty finish. This may be my favorite beer.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first Abt/Quad! And what a way to start. Dark chocolate brown colour with a tan coloured diminishing head. Raisin and dark fruitcake aroma with notes of chocolate and toffee. Toffee and chocolate sweetness dominate the flavour for me, with some raisin and bread background flavours. Light bitterness on the finish. Full-bodied, smooth, velvety, almost chewy mouthfeel. Yummy.
ramvij24 (1) - USA - MAR 20, 2004 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I would rate as the best beer i have had so far. Not too sweet, not too bitter, the exact mix.
salvador (10) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Dark brown, cloudy, cherry red when held up to light. Very strong caramel/marmite (!) smell. Thick dark brown head which dissipates fairly quickly. Very sweet, like Rochefort in taste but just... more so. Too much so, to be honest. Long, long aftertaste. Prefer Rochefort 8.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. aroma of berries, sweet malt, lightly hopped. Light off-white lace. pours a deep mahogany colour. Medium-bodied, sweet, well balanced malt. strong alcohol (11.3%) warms you up quite nicely. lingering bitterness.
A nearly perfect beer!
Eructoblaster (2826) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnificent dark brown body with glints of ruby. Its head is a nice brown one but it faded within two minutes in my glass. Intense and amazing nose dominated by coffee and kahlua. Once in the mouth, it makes you enjoy a mix of numerous flavors including grape and chocolate. Hides its 11,3% of alcohol pretty well. Long, sweet and warm final. The jerk who said that Budweiser is "king of beers" should try that one...