drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 I couldn't help but make comparisons to the Westy 12 throughout this bottle, which is unfair, but I just couldn't help it. This was actually surprisingly different: nuttier and yeastier with less fruit in the flavor than the Westy. The fruit seems to be more in the alchohol here rather than the malt. Very nice cloying warmth with the yeast. You've gotta love the classic Belgian currant/raisin bliss traditional to Trappist beer, I sure as hell do. Just damn good.
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Very dark and rich. Slight taste of fruit(raisins or maraschino cherries(??)) and spices with maybe a pinch of anise detected. Canít wait to have it again. When I do I will re-rate this one! ***Re-rate: Had this one last night. Wonderful beer! Hazy brownish black in color. Sediment clumps floating throughout. Strong raisin taste permeates the first sip. Followed up by a cherry and candy-like aftertaste. Evident alcohol notes but not overwhelming. Seek this out and drink it now!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very, very malty and full-bodied. It tastes somewhat plant-like/organic. Cocoa, and "other complexities". Yes, this is a very complex beer, and I cannot put my finger on the various flavors that burst into my mouth. The alcohol is a little too present for my taste.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had to save something special for number 100, and this was it. But I must say I was a bit disappointed (though not much). This has a great appearance - dark, brownish-red with a nice lacing. The aroma is full of chocolate and plums. The taste is very vinous, with raisins and dates, and a slight maltiness. The flavors werenít as full as I was expecting, but the soft, dry finish was somewhat pleasing. The fullness in the body just didnít seem present in this, but the alcohol was decently masked. It is good, but I was hoping to give this a still higher rating based on the hype. I actually think Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru is better than this.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 Very opaque, dark brown, beige head. Nose has some alcohol and sweet maly aromas. Front was slightly sweet and tart. Middle was more complex with a little of that alcholic warmth kicking in. Finish was more of the sweet/tart and very warm (hiccup). I know these Belgians are supposed to be highly carbonated, but still too much for me. Overall a good belgian, but did not live up to the hype IMHO.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Cloudy dark red/brown color with small quickly dissapearing off white head. Aroma is malty, notes of toasted caramel, figs, dates, red grapes, faint cherry, bit of vanilla and charred oak. Flavor is malty, lots of caramel, hint of fig, fair amount of vanilla, with faint notes of oak and cherry. Finish is relatively sweet. Always a great brew, although this bottle did not seem quite as fantastastic as some have been.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mild aroma of chocolate and earth.Flavors of chocolate cherries and figs.Missing that dark bread flavor the 8 had.I think the 8 has better aroma, but this one masks the alchohol extremely well and has a unique mellowed flavor for a dark trappist.Kind of reminds me of Fullers vintage ale.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredie McDreadie appearence. Deep brown colour with a creamy off-white head. Cherry, nutmeg, cinnmaon aroma. Much more intense than the 6 & 8, but it falls right in line flavour wise. Sedimenty.
Hansen (5982) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A real fine beer. Good, sweet and strong taste, that last a long time. And a aroma that goes with it. But it has a bit too much alcohol in both taste and aroma.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great. I could drink this everyday. They should put it in a 40oz for us Americans. Amazingly masked alcohol. So damn smooth and wonderfully aromatic. If Westy is better than this, Iím in for a real treat. This beer rules.