nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a big fizzy head with a hazy carmel colored liquid, with the aroma of carmelized sugar and raisins. The flavors of alcohol, fruit and a bit of carmel...very suttle carmel. A bitter aftertaste almost like the skin of a plum meets you after a dry, malty mouthfeel. An excellent beer with nothing to hide,
it even gives your burps a pleasant flavor. I didn’t really mind paying 6.99 for it either, mainly for the fact that I don’t think I could drink more than one of these bastards in a night.
TaktikMTL (6304) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de petits fruits rouges et d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col beige crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, de prune et de cassonade. Durée de l’arrière goût moyenne. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture sirupeuse. Arrière goût d’alcool chaleureux. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #418)
mhack1128 (16) - gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this beer is so good it should not be quantified. just pay the 8-12 dollars for a small bottle it will cost you and try it. i have never had a beer taste so good after i swallowed it. the taste lasts forever and makes your whole body feel warm and happy.
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark brown with a rich creamy head, fruit/alcohol aroma. slightly acidic taste, hints of raisin, malt. pleasently bitter aftertaste. definately one of the best beers i’ve had.
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unexpectedly murky beer; dark brown; small, white, creamy head. Aroma is of rotting vegetables, alcohol, and dark fruit. Flavor also has the veggie thing going; alcohol is very present but not destructive or overpowering. Medium-full body and hardly sticky at all; very nice palate. "Vinous" is an excellent word that adequately describes this beer in several respects. I’m not sure I think this beer is touching the best in the world, but it’s very good.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber in color with a slightly cloudy orange glow. Creamy white head settled quickly into a comfortable position,
Fruity, sweet, and almost meaty aroma...robust and very interesting.
Effervescent and light while still feeling solid. Full flavored, slightly sweet. Somewhat resinous and woody with a bit of an astringent quality.
Complexity = great.
LesStewart (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, one of the most ballanced beers I’ve ever had! A brilliant beer with a beautiful head I just wish I could afford more.
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought @ Steilacoom Wine and Brew... Pours a little less carbonated than some Belgian beer, but still a heady beer. I can smell the malts while I am still pouring it, definately raisin, prune, fig etc. very enticing aroma. Mouth is reminicent of the nose, a VERY big beer with many layers, alcohol warming as I drink, WOW... the flavors don’t stop, Malty yes, fruity, complex. Definately one of the best, this beer lives up to it’s reputation every time I have one... Those crazy Monks!
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Number 100. That’s pretty exciting. I figured I’d make sure it was a good one. Bottle. Pours a dark and opaque brown...this stuff lets no light through. Nice thick and creamy tan head that sticks around. Initial aroma is malty...caramel, light English toffee...canned strawberries...saccharine...grapes...apple and orange blossoms...fruit cake. Amaretto? Apparently. First taste really hits the left and right sides of the tongue at the back of the throat with...hmm...sour apples. Super malty. Like a box of naked whoppers. The alcohol is really prevalent here. Berries...raspberries, strawberries. More like unripe strawberries. Carnation...there is something else floral in here that I can’t quite place, but it’s not rose. Guess I need to eat more flowers. Finishes with smoky oak, sugared raisins, old coffee, dates, and lots of alcohol. Oh, and a touch of caramel. Well, it happens to be warming my chest now, and I feel full even though I haven’t eaten in 4 hours. Texture is really nice, like milk, and the head adds a little bit of creaminess. So I’m a bit torn. It is very complex, with aromas, flavors, and aftertastes that are so different from one another (and diverse in their own right) that my my mouth got all confused. Most certainly a well crafted beer. That being said, I just plain didn’t enjoy it as much as other Trappist ales I’ve had the pleasure of sampling. The kicker for me is the alcohol, which in my opinion is far too prevalent. I’m still going to give this one a big overall score, because the craft and history behind this beer are unmistakable. I have a bottle of the 8 in the fridge right now; I’m curious to say the least.
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour dotted with sediment. Tight-bubbled head that ever-so-slowly recedes. Fruity aroma filled with banana, plum, cherry, toffee with a note of the earthiness and alcohol. The flavor is complex and sweet though there is an undercurrent of mustiness. Ripe plums dominate, but there is a note of caramel and brown sugar and a slight burn from the alcohol. The body fills the mouth without being sticky and is comfortable on the palate. Outstanding.