patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy dark brown with a big, lasting head and nice lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits, yeast, and alcohol. This is a full bodied ale with lively carbonation. The flavor is very complex, which Iím not too good at describing, but dark fruits, subtle spices, and malts are all apparent. The finish is pleasantly sweet with some alcohol presence, as one might expect with over 11% abv. This is a wonderful beer as many others have noted. Itís expensive, but well worth trying.
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Cloudy,carbonated dark brown with a thick tan head. the aroma is a combination of malt, berries and raisins. the flavor features a caramel malt with changing berry raisin touch ended with a pleasant bitterness and a tiny bit of alcohol flavor but what can you expect of 11.3%. Outstanding! I saved this one for my 100th rating!
gallaghermurph (49) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick milk chocolate brown with the slightest tint of burnt orange with a two to three finger spongy head that slowly dissipates and leaves a thick lacing. Aroma is chocolate, raisin, fig, and bread pudding. Taste is unbelievably complex Raisin, fig, rum, bread, bread pudding, port Ė spicy - it keeps changing! Apple cider, some sort of dark fruit jam as it finishes with the perfect bitterness. There is an incredible amount of stuff going on here, Iím sure I didnít capture it all. Palate is slightly creamy but very fresh, with a lively carbonation that really brings out the spicy flavors and seems to foam up as you work it around your mouth. As a somewhat of a novice, this is the best beer Iíve ever had.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown with a huge rocky head and plenty of yeast in the floating around inthe glass. Spiced dark fruit aroma with some hints of alcohol making it seem like a glass of some after dinner liquor. Prunes and malt dominate the palate but there are plenty of complexities to pick up on if you are so disposed. Thick mouthfeel with some slight heat and alocohol at the end.
stabatrehab (6) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What can you sing that hasnít been sung? A rather large foam fosters a rocky head with lacing that looks as if a skywriter is spelling out in a forgotten text: "all is not lost in the world."
14 varities of fig. Port,Sherry,organic,barn-some kind of grass or something that grows out of the ground. I digress,itís pre-noon on a Sunday and thereís chores to be done.
xjaja (14) - FINLAND - MAR 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ehdottomasti paras maitamani Trappist olut.
Maussa on potkua vaikka kuinka paljon. Tštš oluta juotua kahdeksan volttinenkin olut maistuu miedolta.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with a thick brownish head. Prunes, currents, raisens, dates, molassess and cherries in the nose. Smooth medium thick body with a lively ending. Hops at the end of a malty start. Fruity notes.Some spice too. Lots of alcohol in the end.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Raisiny brown with a creamy head which laces thick mounds on the glass. Aroma fills to lungs with raisin, chocolate, and bread pudding. A nice bright yeast quality is noted while head is fading. Taste of chocolate and raisin has an earthy and vinous presence. Tastes of bread and rum add character in the middle. Palate is thick, but not sticky, dry, but not too dry. Some sips it feels soft and some it feels still. An excellent and complex brew. Blew me away with its powerful and complex presentation.
marinerfan1981 (2) - GERMANY - MAR 18, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another fine beverage brought to you by the trappists of Belguim! If you think you know good beer and havenít been to belguim, your in for a treat when you get there!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid dark brown. Small, spongey, tan head settles quickly. Nose is licorice, dark fruit, candi sugar, alcohol. Same flavors with some rich malt and notes of bittersweet chocolate being added. Full, balanced body. Definitely an after-dinner brew. Excellent brew, but not top 5 in my book. The 8 is just as good, maybe better.