beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12.26.05) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle received as gift. 11.3% ABV. Batch L060710, 10:06. Hazy brown Belgium Trappist ale having a small diminishing tan head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity and light sweet malt aromas. Full bodied with smooth texture that starts with rich light malt sweetness, dried fruit (plums?), and peppery alcohol. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. Definite alcoholic warmth. A delicious Belgium ale which tasted much better than the Rochefort 8 in a side-by-side comparison. Moreover, the Rochefort 10 was more complex and flavorful than the Westvleteren 12. Thanks Tom for the bottle.
CEZ (406) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, opaque body. Beige creamy lasting head. Caramel and dark fruits in the aroma. Rich, warm and smooth mouthfeel. Strong maltiness, with coffee and slightly bitter notes. Alcohol is well hidden, but it’s obviously felt after the first two sips. Full bodied, almost chewy. A heavy caliber, but not quite as complex, spicy and balanced as the best Westvleteren.
stouby (4126) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at home.
Dark brown with brown head, unfiltered, mostly lasting, good lacings. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, brown fruit), moderate hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor heavy sweet, moderate bitter, long duration. Full bodied, sirupy, soft carbonated, heavy in alcohol.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
"Wow what a good beer. Poured a nice dark brown. The head was large and thick and lasted throughout with good lacing. This beer had a huge amount of sediment. The aroma was sweet with some dark fruit. Smooth and creamy with good carbonation. No alcohol was detected. This beer is rated #1, not sure if its the #1 but its in the top 5 for sure "
gunnfryd (12935) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Dark brown. A little taste and flavour of alcohol , but not unpleasant .
Creamy head. You know it’s a strong beer.
Beer5000 (5183) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Very dark, red brown colour. Lovely, thick, creamy head. Sweet malt aroma with some alcohol. A complex taste of sherry, plum, yeast, oak and raisin. Long aftertaste. Love this one.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Original Rating from a 12/30 tasting:
Ar=4, Ap=4, F=9, P=5, O.A.=16
I think my first attempt at this beer was marred by a beer that suffered from improper storage conditions combined with a sinfully long shelf-life. My second attempt at this masterpiece is as follows:
Very dark, cloudy pine bark-esque color. Has the consistency and appearance of a melted swiss chocolate. A beautiful fluffy tan head gently rests on top. Amazing aromas of raisin, plum, full leaf roasted tobacco, and vanilla greet the nose and then are complemented by a brown sugar sweetness with some cinnimony spice. One of the most amazing aspects of this beer is that the aromas tickle the nostrils while the beer is flowing out of the bottle and into the glass. Oh wow, the flavors are overwhelming. Chocolate, prune, and allspice stick to the tongue, followed by a Sumatran coffee astringent bite. A gentle smack of banana and blueberry is noticed after a very long, drawn out malty finish. Heavenly.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured light brown. Thin white head, that lasted around the edges to give it nice lacing on the side of the galss. Aroma was sweet, and fruity. Flavor was tasted of plums and hints of another dark fruit that I couldn’t get, also picked up caramel hints. As it warmed it had a nice not overpowering alcohol warming, also the plum hints were more pronounced. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation was good, all the bubbles gave it a cloudy appearance, when I finished I noticed sediment in the bottom of the glass.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark reddish brown. Smells of chocolate, yeast, maybe a hint of banana. Very nice start and finish to this Ale. Veru smooth. By far one of, if not the best Trappistes Ale I have had to date.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Bottle. Boy what a great aroma. Sweet, malty, very fruity with hints of plums and sweet cherries. Thin off white head and medium bodied. Flavor matches the aroma for the most part. Finish is chalky, spicy, sweet, and slightly bitter. It lingers nicely. Alcohol is very well hidden! Great beer, if only it was a little cheaper!