norlem (8) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This heavy, brown ale has it all! And a lot of it all! A nice colour, creamy foam, spicy aroma, a thrilling malty taste and the famous long, extraordinarily well balanced aftertaste.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour with plenty of sediment under a big, foamy white head. Aroma is of yeast esters from clove to banana, as well as coriander, dried fruits, etc. Flavor is immensely complex Belgian yeast esters and spices. Solid malt in the background. Drier than I expected from an 11% beer, especially after having had Rochefort 8, which I felt had much more residual sugars in it. Very floral in overall flavor impression. Excellent.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Very complex.... You don’t really taste the alcohol very much.... However, it will warm the sou and make you want to quive with excitementl. Poured a very dark brown with a 2 inch head that slowly faded to a medium cap that stuck around throughout the glass, awesome nice lacing. Smells of sweet spiced plums & prunes and a little cherry, candied sugar and a touch of caramel. Taste is sweet and slightly chocolatey, with dark fruits. Very rich and smooth. This is definitely a beer to savor. My highest rating to date...
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What I like most about the Trappist’s is taht they seem to generate so complex beers with "just" hops, malt and yeast. I wery much like the "banana" in this beer, and I’m going to make some stuffed chokolade with this next week....
psychofab (2) - ITALY - AUG 25, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite beer, is very difficult choose Westvleteren 12 or Rochefort 10..
mentor (2) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thick and dark with a one finger light brown head. Smells chocolate, toffee, raisin, pear, coriander, gentle orange, and mild alcohol. Taste is a delicious rummy caramel, brown sugar, licorice, toffee, and chocolate with a nice alcohol sting. Well balanced...utterly stunning.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 Pours deepest darkest purple, huge almond head. Dark fruit aroma. Flavor is mainly dark fruits with crystals malts, toffee, nutty, cocoa, chocolate, some light fruits apples, pears, raisons, fruits and spicy but with sweetness balancing it out. Alcohol is hardly there but definitiely warming, carbonation is very high and I like it, easy to drink, taste great. Excellent beer.
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 This beer was way over my head- or so I was told as the beer geeks prepped me for a sip of the only allocated beer in Michigan. I was ready to not be impressed as this is not my usual style of liking.
A nose alive with coco and musty black raspberries. A body and flavor that was perfectly balanced.
Very complex and flavorful-
This one I’ll ration, a twelve pack would last a year!
Sanuk (10) - USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitly a sipping beer - Full/Complex flavors as noted in other reviews - very well balanced and creamy smooth - WOW! Although maybe not the best choice if you’re looking to pound a few quickly... possibly too flavorful for some - just right for me...
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Poured a very dark brown with a 2 inch head that slowly faded to a thin cap that stuck around, and nice lacing.
Smells of sweet spiced plums/prunes and a little cherry, candied sugar and a touch of caramel.
Taste is sweet and slightly chocolatey, with dark fruits, alcohol and a little bit medicinal. Very rich and smooth.
This is definitely a beer to savor.