1more4dessert (329) - Upstate, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
purple brown with fizzy but viagra quality head. about the finest smelling non-hopped heavy brew I have sampled. Prune juice, fig newtons. Not too sweet not too sour but both appear on the buds. Nice scuzz on the cap. thnx to my new friend Captain Flu. for the bottle.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had so many of these over in Brussels- and they only cost about 2 euro in an average bar. You cant beat that deal. Great dark murky brown color with lots of floaties and yeasties with a decent beige-brown head. Aroma is dominated by both a heavy spicy yeast and a great caramel and chocolate malt smell. Flavor is soo complex- even with a younger vintage. Lots of wine-like strong sherry flavors with bold caramel malts and loaded with yeast and phenolic flavors. Full body and an oh-so-smooth finish. For 11.3% this is by far the best hidden alcohol in a beer. Hands down one of the best Belgian beers- and maybe even one of the best in the world.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
milk chocolate brown, rootbeer appearance;off white creamy head (not so much diminishing); a wonderful spicy aroma; decent medium palate; flavor was wonderful...full of spices, vinegar, and flowery; very rich flavor, like a champagne....my ratings for aroma and flavor elevated slightly upon the warming of this beer...great beer
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malted caramel butter, plums and raisins, with spicey notes on the nose. Dark reddish brown tan cloudy in colour under strong houshold lighting. Nice midsized tan head when poured in a trappist glass. That ends in a never diminshing thin tan head. Plums that reminded me of drinking a sweet succulent champaign. Lovely fruited bouquet. Very pleasant to the buds. Easy drinkable as it breathed in the trappist. I do believe that it even got better tasting. From start to fin.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Tan colored head. Malt and cherries mixed with spices. I didn’t see what beer was poured before tasting this. Once I saw the bottle I realized this IS a fantastic beer, even without it’s reputation. My notes read "beautiful". Extremely smooth and balanced.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What to say about this beer. I feel its reputation far exceeds its quality. The best part about this beer is its aroma. To me, plum dominated but there is a pleathora of other flavours that touched my nose. I was a bit dissapointed with the rate the head dissapeared. I did like the nice amber/brown colour and the dense particles that floated about. Boy was I let down when I tasted it. Much less body than I expected, and the alcohol flavour really dominated. There was some complexity and a nice malty and vanilla-plum flavour. The finish was much shorter than I hoped. I know this gets good ratings, and by no means is it a bad beer, but I really don’t think it lives up to its rating.
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cette biere est une explosion de saveur.Tout les aromes et saveurs y passe caramel,reglise,epice,fruite,alcool ect...
Un vrais bijoux ma preferer dans le style jusqua present.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some good medicine! Malty, thick and rich. Tons of fruitiness (apple, plum, raisin, citrus) balanced with some burnt brown sugar and nutmeg. A hint of tobacco on the palate. The strong presence of alcohol is warming but not intimidating. Excellent, full finish that lasts a good 30 seconds!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lasting thick creamy tan head. Dark brown and yeasty body. Full aroma greets me, consisting of whiskey, kalua, oak, mixed fruit, sweet caramel. Taste has tobacco, mint, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Soft palate, not too carbonated and not too watery. Quite warming with the alcohol. After drinking the Westvleteren 12 and seeing some people prefer this over the Westy, I have to disagree. This is a great beer, but nothing compared to Westy 12.
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Considering the rave reviews this beer is getting, I was expecting to be blown away. That didn’t happen. Wonderfully fragrant, but in my opinion something of let down in terms of fulness and taste. Rather alcoholish it is, with a head that disappears surprisingly fast, like a soda pop. It sort of reminds me of the strong brews from Eggenberg and EKU 28, except I prefer those products to this one. To make sure I wasn’t having a one-off faulty example, I drank two Rochefort 10, but my verdict stands: An overrated Trappist product with a reputation that far outstrips its actual qualities. If you’re looking a full-bodied Belgian to keep you warm, I’d recommend a Gulden Draak over this one any day.