AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 330ml dated 5.5.10 - Thick, lingering head on the pour, great lace, tight bubbles, more red than brown. The beer that drinks like a wine, in fact I used a red wine glass here. Spicy flavors, oregano, tobacco, with a ton going on. Not astringent at all for 11.3%, pleasant in fact. None of the distracting sweetness found in some tripels and quadrupels. This beer is incredibly well balanced.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Good-sized antique-bone head, fluffy, creamy and firm in texture that leaves behind beautiful, thick, yet delicately patterned lace. Body is dark brown on the walnut side--yellows, not reds--and completely opaque due to the cloudiness of the liquid. Aroma is dark fruits: prune and plumb with a measure of roastiness. It has a molasses aroma that reminds me of Samuel Smithís oatmeal stout. Fruity esters rise up with a hint of sweet alcohol. Belgian yeast permeates the nose with a warm bready smell in with all of the fruitiness and dark malts. Rich and delicious aroma. The body is full with a nice dose of crisp, dry carbonation on the silky side with a dry finish. The taste is delectable with dark fruity malts up front, including prune, plum, grape and something lighter like pear or apple. There is a certain breadiness that might be found in a pastry or home-baked fruit-containing creation combined with a crisp earthiness that tastes old--like a cellar--yet fresh and clean. A sweet and sour, alcoholic and fruity finish leave behind an apple peel, sugar, pear and warmth. Itís overwhelmingly fresh and crisp, and delicious--especially for something so dark.
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, best before June 2011, so bottled in June 2006. Almost a baby, in other words. Needed a safe bet after the Riebedebie experience-surprised that I have not rated this one before. Almost black with a big creamy offwhite lacing head. Fruity aroma with lots of pear. Starting with fruity flavours,especially pear, well-balanced, ending is marked by chocolate, toffee, some roast as well as bready yeastiness. Underlying sweetness is matched by harmonious hoppiness. Soft,full-bodied but not sirupy. This heavyweight, while great as young, becomes irrestible as after some years in the cellar.
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark almost bloodred in color pours smoothly into my glass. A real pleasant beer to drink. Well-balanced and heaty this beer did not disappoint. Smooth aftertaste with a malty fruit finish. Great beer
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was almoat all I expected from this beer. My only complaint is that the 11.3% alcohol made itself too evident in the aroma throughout, masking the hints of fruit I detected. Poured to a brownish color with thick tan head that lingered, then left very good lacing. Taste was very good dark fruit, and the finish was as smooth as almost any beer Iíve had. This was my first quad to rate, but it definitely will not be my last.
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 deep murky ruby brown. a few yeast floaters in there. thin creamy off-white head. pleasant but restrained dark fruit and caramel aroma. dark fruits and brown sugar dominate flavor. i also notice a slight plastic flavor. 4/15/08 - a dark murky brown ale with a large creamy tan head. plum and raisin and dark fruit aroma. flavor is dark fruit, cherry cough medicine, brown sugar, caramel.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first post so it might be a little high/low. I thought this beer was the best abbey beer Iíve ever tried, honestly. It poured rich and dark with amber highlites in the light. I was expecting a strong alcohol flavor after and during drink (11.3%), but the alcohol was masked nicely with the complex flavor of the beer. The palate was the highlight for this beer for me. I thought that the beerwas rich and creamy and when combined with the carbonated finish, this beer goes down very smooth.
Finn (6291) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0,33l. Mahogany colour. A off-white creamy head that slowly dwindled. A cautious spicy aroma. Lots of taste: Caramel. Spices. Roastedness. A looong aftertaste with a sourish bitterness. Well balanced and the alcohol is quite well hidden.
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aromas has dark Belgium sugar, hefty Belgium malt presence, some earthiness and some spice. Very thick aroma, but not cloying. Thick mouthfeel with sharper than expcected carbonation. Taste has lots of dark malt, dark sugar and generous earthiness. As it warms further dark fruits getting even more dominant as well as a spice aspect and some anise. Finish has sharp carbonation then spiciness from the hops mixing with the thick malt. Further down the malt takes some caramel aspects. Excellent beer.
MaBeer1972 (1836) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is SO big and chewy! The alcohol is really hidden well. Complex woody flavors. Malty - somewhat dry/tart aftertaste however, hence the deduction on palate and overall. Still impressive. Not an everyday drinker, obviously.