pinkzambia (1577) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Last time I had this before I was a rating fool, it seemed way better. But as usual, it pours a cloudy brown with a large light brown head. The aromas are those of ripe fruit and tangy notes as well. The tastes in this one were sweet medicine. I could also feel the higher alcohol % going down the esophagus. This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t smooth going down. It is as well as smooth onto the tastebuds. The carbonation is high. Like I said, it wasn’t as good as I remember.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml - Happy birthday to me! - Aroma is pungent. Dark fruit, milk chocolate, Belgian yeast, black cherry, and a touch of licorice. Pours a deep muddy brown with a small thick lasting head and great lacing. Flavor is also strong. Alcohol is present and overpowers some of the subtleties in the nose. Some dark fruits and chocolate. Malty and yeasty. Palate is smooth and creamy. A very complex brew, but too much alcohol coveing up the flavors.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased a the Corkscrew, Urbana, for the low price of 5.39. Shared with Nilay, Drew, Andy, and Edward. Enjoyed alongside Rodenbach Grand Cru and La Folie. Nose and palate and loaded with caramel, toffee, raisin notes. Quite a bit of sweetness that caught me off guard. Great stuff, probably one of my favorite Belgians that’s not a Flanders, but I still don’t see this as all that amazing. Does hide its alcohol well, I would not have guessed 11.3 ABV last night.
JK (4841) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 8 months, best by May 2008. Consumed to celebrate 1/2 way through lawschool. This is an excellent beer with complexity that is rarely matched. The aroma is dried fruit, soy sauce, and alcohol. It smells like an imperial stout. Very dark brown with small pieces of sediment sitting on the bottom of the glass. There is a very thin heading sitting evenly on the top of the beer. Very complex flavor. Medium-sweet malt, then followed by chalk. Next comes more dried fruit, light apple, and dry merlot. Dry after taste with more chalk and light fruit. Very heavy palate. An excellent beer in every way, but the huge price means this will remain a very rare treat.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Wow - what can I say that has not already been said - nothing I guess - fantastic.
gavin (7) - san francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ok, so this one is a tasty brew. i have sampled the st. bernardus and the rochefort 10 is definitely superior. i have several bottles of westvleteren 12 awaiting drinking, so i will hold off on proclaiming the big winner among the top rated trappists. yes, i have westvleteren. many bottles. and i live in the united states. you are free to envy me now.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, slightly red color. Hazy appearance, medium beige head. Strong licorice, spices, anis, mild fruits, vinous tones and chocolate, also medium alcohol in aroma. Almost full bodied. Licorice and sweetness in flavor, aftertaste is long with licorice, spices, mild yeast and fine warming, almost too strong alcohol.
newtrip (54) - USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured very dark cola color with large rocky light brown head. Head retention was very good. Nose is of vanilla and bananna. This is one of the most wonderful smelling brews I have encountered. Taste of plum, and maybe raisins and spices. Is really smooth considering the 11.3% alcohol. Smooth malty goodness. This is awesome.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Saved my bottle of this to enjoy with friend & neighbor chilehead for his 100th rating (we each had one). Pours with a huge foamy tan head, dark brown. Aroma light spiced yeasty esters, some sweet malt. Very creamy velvet mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Brown sugar malt sweetness with some vanilla notes, earthy background with yeast and some woodiness. Everything is very well balanced and alcohol is well hidden, though it certainly warms in the tummy. A delicious brew to savor and covet.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed this, my 100th tasting on ratebeer, with my friend and neighbor elnadeau.
Pour was cloudy root-beer, somewhat muddy (elnad’s word, not mine but I agree). Very light and foamy head with a nose full of vanilla and cider spices -- cinnamon, allspice, bit of nutmeg. Underlying the spice are wet woods, cedar and fruit. Mouth was also like a cider with wood dominant flavors and tobacco. The body of this beer is terriffic, very smooth and silky with exteremely soft carbonation. A nice complete and well-rounded beer.