jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 re-rate 11.2 oz bottle: Deep aroma of licorice, plums, alcohol, and yeast. poured a deep brown with a beautiful whitish tan head. The flavor matched the aroma and more. very complex plums, rasins, carmel malt, and who knows what else, a lot of flavors more complex than anything that I have tasted yet. excellent mouth feel coats the mouth and has fine bubbles. Very good a must try, and its even better the second time around.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown/russet in color. Nose is of dried fruit, yeast and alcohol. This was not as complex a flavor as I’d anticipated. Burnt chocolate, banana, and over-the-top alcohol are the best ways to describe this to me. Finish is pleasant, but once again a little gasolinish. Just a little too overdone.
bigtasty (23) - USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nice goddamned beer. I drank maybe five of these in Belgium last year, one of the best experiences of my life.
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 head creamy-brown,don’t stays long as a thick layer,but it remains a nice,bubblying fine layer,at the end a rim in the glass.
warm coffee-brown colour,if holding it tho light,red glimpses(before pouring some sediment in it)After,it grows darker,but there remains a warm gloom.
just by opening bottle,much of a sort of banana smell,but moresweet(more like this brown,chewy dried bananas i once bought in a organic-food shop) by pouring it into the glass it smells more like sweet pears,and like dates and figues.8and smells a little bit wine-like)
rather carbonated in mouth.an interesting bitter-sweet taste is there,but always some fruits(pears,figues)some caramel-notes
a little bit remembering a good,old port,but more refreshing.alcohol is there but fits with the tasts.
Aftertaste bitter-sweet,but fruity too,with warm alcohol(here too,alcohol fits with the tasts),at the end,some caramel or even something chestnutlike.
thats one of the best examples how a strong beer beer should bee,with a great complexity of aromes and tasts to discover,not only strong because of alcoholic-content!!
i really like it !!!!!
thats a beer to share with old friends,in the evening,discussing about it and discussing about the sense of life!!!!
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice, complex flavors, great beer, I like it but I am not passionate about it. Like a lot of Belgian beers, complex and you either like it or not....
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
333 ml bottle. Bottle conditioned. Very cloudy, deep brown. Tiny bit of red hues when held to the light, but mostly brown. Huge 2+" creamy, smooth, rocky tan head that stays around. Big, thick lacing. Big thick layer of foam stays to the end. Aroma is not too strong, but is spicy, belgian yeasts, maybe some cloves. Got stronger as it warmed. Definitely some alcohol, raisins. Almost wine-like. Flavor - hint of bitterness up front, then almost chocolaty, malty smooth, definite alcohol warmth after the swallow. Some sugary sweetness. Tart, but really smooth at the same time. Palate is medium to full bodied. High level of carbonation lightens it up a bit. Overall very good and hides 11% exceptionally well. Really complex. I had a hard time picking out distinct flavors. Look forward to trying this again many more times.
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best beers I’ve ever had, I’m a big fan of the Rochefort 8 and this is just as good maybe a little better for some people. Very complex with notes of bananas and roasted nuts and a sweet leather like taste. Very strong alcohol presence but not overpowering.
KoenRamone (4) - Bocholt, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this Beer is served in heaven. I think it is probably the best beer in the world. A stark alcoholic taste, but sweet. Very profound and bitter. It also smells like a beer should smell.
DuffMan (9505) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 This is unbeleivable! It deserves careful consideration. Muddy brown-- and by that I mean dark with loads of sediment. Big light brown head that collapses to nothing rather quickly. The aromas are a little crazy: sweet and rich caramelized banana, butter toffee, nutmeg, raisins, and maybe a hint of bubblegum. Heavy mouthfeel, creamy, sweet toffee, banana, brown sugar, earthy yeast and more sweet spices. Very bold warm alcohol that is present but well integrated, adding depth rather than harshness. A true masterpiece.
LearninBeer (470) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with no head and no lacing. Poured out orange/brown but is now cloudy chocolate brown. The aroma is of chocolate, raisins and a hint of banana. The flavor is very good kind of chocalate long lasting, hits the back of the tongue. Very good but in reading the other comments I think I need to find a fresher bottle, this one was Sept. 19, 2005.