maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frothy light brown head on a deep brown body. Strong malty flavor with earthy tones. Sweet spicy flavor with notes of raisins. Very easy to drink for the alcohol level.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a dark brown color with a frothy light brown head. The aroma had hints of vanilla and bananna. The aroma is amazing but it gets even better when you take a sip. The flavors of plum and spices expand in your mouth with a lingering malty smoothness. The 11.3% alcohol is hidden very well. Great Beer!
AleConnoisseur (29) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has the colour of a dark cherry wood, the aroma consists of malt and roasted grains. The head is creamy and the it is thick enough to see the suspended grains. This is proabably one of the best tasting west beligan beers available in the US, very similar in quality to that of St. Bernardus
BeerandBlues2 (10775) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 mL bottle. Pours deep mahagony stained wood with a rocky, fizzy tan head, lasting, with lacing that falls. Aroma is yeast (earthy, dirt, cellar, cobwebs) and malt (roasted grain, meal) and faint dark fruit. Dry, fizzy fruit hop, moderate bitterness that leads the way for heavy acidity, dark yeast and malt, cobwebs. Full bodied and dark, dry, spicy palate.
NachlamSie (2965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 bottle. My expectations are very high for this, Iíve been saving it for a few months now. Itís off to a great start with a cloudy, very deep, dark plum hue and a fantastic frothy head. Wow, this smells really awesome. Itís quite sweet but rich with an array of spiced dry fruits and various vinous notes. The aroma is very assertive and complex. The flavor is no let down. It is less sweet in the mouth, savory with a dry plum finish, and highlighted with nutmeg, earth, slight banana, a bit of wood. . .just a plethora of robust spices. The alcohol blends perfectly in the mix and makes it less apparent. The nose is fairly different than the flavor and the two combine quite well with each sip. The head lasts throughout the entire drink and intense lacing marks the chalice. I feel sad and alone when I reach the end.
[August 9, 2007]
Bottle split with Tronraner and Muenster in a blind tasting among Allagash Four, Rochefort 10, and St. Bernardus 12. It was a pleasure to pit this against some worthy beers in a blind to better evaluate the hype. I thought this one was the winner after the taste. It had unmatched richness and excellent, pronounced qualities all around. The pour was beautiful: near black with noticeable carbonation and a well defined head that survived the entire tasting session. The aroma is very bold with spicier, pointed notes of cloves, chocolate covered bananas, earth, bread, figs. This is has most powerful and longest lasting flavor of any example Iíve encountered in the style, yet it maintains delicate balance and intricate complexity.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Bottle, 33cl. Pours a dark brown with a nice head. The sweet aroma was awesome. Had a malty, fruity flavor. This is one of my favorite beers of all. Enjoyed this while watching the Steelers win the Super Bowl, made it even better.
Xaivier (2) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was very impressed this is a well balanced beer, wonderful aroma, flavor was very good. If you havenít had a Trappist Rochefort, you have to go and get one or two, best server in a trappist glass, this is a very fine and elegant beer. I make it a first for anyone of my friends when I introduce them to the world of Belgium Ales.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
brown in color almost black, a bone color head which was only a quater of an inch but had great retention. . a sweet alcholic aroma. Slight carbonation alcohol and dried fruits on the inital taste and a dry finsih. really heavy, full beer.
hatchy (32) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a clouds dark brown with a slight light tan head. sweet, malty aroma. very complex taste that is sweet and slightly syrupy, but not too syrupy. hints of raisin and a touch of spice. slight sweet, but dry finish. really amazing.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a cloudy dark brown with a big creamy light tan head. The lacing is excellent and the head lasts well. Aroma is very pleasent with hints of plum, wood, and cola. Has a soft sweet aroma. Taste is excellent. Carbonation is perfect, the mix is awesome goes down with total ease. I could drink this anytime anyplace. This is a full bodied beer with an oily alcohol texture. Has a touch of a sweet finish, but its very good. I love this beer.