lalubeer (57) - CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nothing bad to say about this beer. Very sweet, can taste lots of things: liquorice, blackberries, wood... 11.3% but does not feel that strong
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2 oz bottle. My 10th top 50! Beige head thins down quickly leaving a few melted marshmallows and an eternal skim coat stained with drops of coffee dregs. Lacing. Yeasty with up front alcohol and raisins. Woody Bazooka bubblegum. Wonderful lush feel that coats my mouth. Starts almost tasteless. Develops into a smooth oatmeal sherry with a touch of brown sugar. Alcohol hides behind a peppery finish. As good as this was, it only makes me realize how incredible Westie 12 is. Buzzin’.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 (Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) Pours hazy dark brown. Nougat white head. Smells nougat. Cocktail berrys. Some marzipan. Rum and raisins. Malt. Alcohol. Dried fruits. Plums. Hint of liquorice. The taste is a bit over ripe, like old fruits, but not in a bad way. Less sweetness then the regular belgian beers. Tastes of salt and pepper. Dark, wet soil and wood. yeast. Liquorice. Well balanced. Perfect carbonation.
EithCubes (5429) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 Bottle. Dark brown with a creamy, aggressive tan/light brown head. Alluring wafting scent of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, candis, chocolate, wood, dried fruit, and a little bit of musk. Yeah, pretty amazing nose. Taste takes most of those elements, but the alcohol is too sharp here, too warming, too crisp, too aggressive. Bit of a burn, and the creamy thickness of feel is damaged, and the finish covers over the hops. Aftertaste is more of a dry raisin. A big beer, and a marvelously complex one, but I’m going to go with the 8 next time. [2006.06.28: 4.1]
Re-rate, bottle best before end 26.03.2019, so quite fresh. Nose robust and sweet, deeply malty with fig, date, a little rum-raisin; touch candyish, ripe fruit, tiny bit of chocolate but that’s minor. Just loads and loads of yeast character. Pours deep, dark garnet that almost blots out the sun, supports a large foamy beige head that reduces apace. Medium body very attenuated and finishes much much drier than it starts, silky-smooth alcohol gently warms and seems classy and elegant and quiet; bitterness there but faint, body a touch airy, touch of orange peel, esters strong but the banana quickly yields to the bigger fig. Getting up into spirits territory here, and though this guy can handle it, and everything was controlled, the extra gin-like alcohol isn’t really doing much for me [the beer on the whole reminds me very much of some recent oude genever, just less ’barrel character’]. Once again, it’s that penultimate Dark Strong Ale in the series for me; the tallest boy is overcompensating. [2015.03.16: 4.1]
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cL bottle. Pours dark amber with impressive khaki head. The aroma has very assertive dark fruits, some alcohol, freshly baked oatmeal-raisin cookies. The flavor has quite a bit of caramel and raisin throughout; it starts with a tart, fruity, somewhat vinous note, and moves toward hardwood flavors and a wood, chocolate, and alcohol finish. Alcoholic aftertaste. Quite the tasty brew. Yay monks!
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Wow. Dark brown colour, nice white head. So complex. Fruits, plums. Taste was rich, some syrup, caramel, summer fruits. Great mouthfeel, not too bitter, perfect. Hides alcohol tremendously well. So complex I could mull over a crate of this easily. Simply the best beer I have ever tasted. Someone order me a crate!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the 330 mL bottle at the 2006 Huber Haus Belgian Trappist Ale Tasting. Pours a dark oxidized blood brown. Yellow beige head. Thin dense bubbles. Big damn aroma. A rich paste of fruits and darkness. Candy. Earthy. Mead-like aromas. Flavor is rich sweet candy. Molasses, caramel. Alka Seltzer. Deceptively strong. The sweet mouthfeel does not disclose the gastro-intestinal burn that follows. So very thick. Ouch, this hurts! Make it stop! No wait, keep it coming.
turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful pour, though a somewhat disappointing head. Who knows, maybe I just overhyped this beer in my head. Great burned sugar color, traps a lot of light. Earthy aroma, with a lot of malt and fruit packed in there. Sits nicely on the palate, with very little hint of the high alcohol content. The flavor is primarily dark fruits, with more of that malt coming through. As with most Belgians, a bit sweet for my taste, but definitely top beer in its style I’ve had.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Bottle. The pour was beautiful. A nice dark color. Flavor is chocolate, plums, and raisins. A very smooth finish even though the taste is a bit complex. A wonderful beer, the best I have had yet!
bubbleflubber (2134) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark ruby-brown pour with a decent tan head and lacing. Sweet chocolate malt and confectioner’s sugar to the nose. The flavors scream of plums, raisins, slight chocolate, dates, figs, and currant. A bit of an alcohol finish, but not too harsh. It is complimented by a powdered sugar overtone. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and bilaterally satiating. This is a great example of a diversely complex beer, without being overbalanced in any way. Truly one of the best brews in the world!