urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2003 Update: It hurts to admit you were wrong. This beer is amazing. There is simply a ton of raisin and chocolate and this is amazingly complex. I am sorry for not immediately recognizing the genius here. After 14 tries, Chimay still sucks, however.
Old: I followed Volgon's recommended serving suggestions to the letter on this one. Boozy nose. Flavors of pear, raisins, fruit cake, vanilla and banana, with the yeast providing the most interesting flavors. Unfortunatly, these flavors could barely manage to peek out under the sheer weight of the alcohol. Unbalanced and fairly disappointing. Given the problem, I will certainly sample the lower-ABV Rochefort, which I think would be superior.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My bottle was dated 11/14/06. A deep amber color with the floating yeast visible when held up to the light. A wonderfully rich, sweet initial aroma. Full head that dissapated very quickly. Warm toffee-like flavor. Definitely warm going down. Well worth the price of admission.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anise and almost brandylike aroma initially. Thick rich deep sweet malt flavor is a whirlwind of flavor. Liquorice -- check, plum -- check, this beer has a ton of malt complexity. Elegant and refined, there is a reason that this beer is one of the top rated beers here--sheer quality. Beer number 500 for me and an excellent, excellent beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2003 Opaque dark brown color with a thick foamy head and lasting lace. Sweet fruity aroma with an alcohol kick. Sweet chocolaty malt flavor with an alcohol bite. the finish is sweet and coffee like. heavy body, soda like and warm going down.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 Rated: 8/20/02. Bottle with a 7/11/06 date. A dark night with a light brown sky. A powerful aroma that almost burns the nose with dark fruit, malt, and raisins. Exceptionally smooth and creamy with vinous fruit, peppery, woody, and malty depth. The alcohol is up front and present, which is kind of surprising since some of the high class peers of this brew hide the alcohol better. Yet it is nicely warming and the dark fruits create a complexity and foundation that supports the alcohol well. Re-Rate 10/29/02 (10 4 8 4 19). Still fantastic I had this in honor of a newborn... Aidan John Edward Schmidt. Re-Rate 06/30/08 with a date of 29/07/07 (probably saved for 5 years) (8 5 9 4 18). A dark brown color with a rich creamy tan head. A wonderfully fruit aroma balanced with malts and ginger. Rich, lively carbonated, malty and well balanced fruity flavors. This one stands the test of time.
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think the fact that I want to be a Trappist Monk sums it up!!!!!
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 A lot more head than last time and a rich beady chocolate and bannana cream in the nose. Starts with sharp carbonation and cold chocolat coffee. As the beer continues rasins, bread, cassis, dark berries and a wine-like fruityness emerge. Tons of chocolate with an undertone of bitterness. Long vinous finish that invites you for more. Gets better with every sip. If you can find it, stock up. 4.3
rerate Carbonation has settled down to a nice calm smoothness, vannila and irish cream just waft off this one and permeate every corner of the flavor, alot less wine-like and coffee is no where near as present. Truely world class.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Re-rate 2/28/03, bottle marked 16 01 07: Pours a deep brown color that stops most light. The aroma is heavenly and contains, plums, sweet malts, brown sugar and some dark fruits. Robustly carbonated with soft bubbles. Flavor is a delightful sweetness that is beyond good. The year of aging really helps. No score change from last time. Re-rate 8/14/02: While still easily one of the greatest beers on the planet, it lost in a head-to-head with Westy 12. The alcohol was more noticeable and the flavor less complex. Re-rate 3/5/02: Still #1, make sure you get ALL the yeast in it. Best at room temp. As I say keep in a cool place, not your fridge. First rating: (04 08 04 on bottle) A new number one in my book. Outstanding chocolate doughy fruitiness. I keep looking into the empty bottle wishing there was more...MORE!!! This beer does have its downside though. It is very expensive; $USA7.85, small; 33cl, and...and...I'm ending this rating and going to sniff the empty bottle for a while.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bottle... The aroma is moderately malty and fruity (plums). Also hints of ruby port and the high ABV does come discreetly through in the nose. This murky dark brown beer has a tan, rocky head with excellent lacing. Fully lasting too. Bottle conditioned. The initial flavor is pretty darn malty with a lightly sweet and moderately bitter taste on the backside. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation with a long, slightly sweet finish. Personally, I was disappointed due to this beer’s extremely high rating. However, it’s definitely a quality Belgian ale.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wasn’t exactly sober when i tried this but it tasted quite ribena-like with some bread and butter pudding. had it slightly more sober and appreciated it more