ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I saved this one for my 100th rating! With a bbd of 01 07 08, that makes this one over 10 months old. It has a similar nose to the 8: alcohol, licorice, oak, cheese, boot leather, tobacco; the flavor? What can I say? EXQUISITE! Itís complex, sweet, slightly sour, oaky......just TRY it, will ya? Iím gonna stop writing and enjoy............
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 Very enticing aroma of sweet dark fruit, spices, chocolate, charcoal, a touch of alcohol. Dark brown with sedimented yeast and large off-white head that diminishes to a thick ring. Sweet, dark chocolate, mild alcohol, oak, dark fruit - especially plum, with an underlying earthiness. Lively carbonation. Mild alcohol warming. Strong body and very full mouthfeel. Enjoyed with MartinT (Thank you). Bottle.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Creamy, tan head; gorgeous violet color. Aroma: dark, dark, dark, with spices, dark fruits, grapes, berries,strawberries...distinctly port-like,plummy, raisinish. Terriffically strong, incredibly warming, the feel and the heat of a glass of cognac! Absolutely perfect!
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Dark amber pour. Large head develops and just sits on top of the beer. Incredible aroma. Dark fruits, Belgian spices and yeast, bready, sweet malts, maybe even a hint of chocolate. Just a hint though. Some alcohol as it warms, but really hidden. Not bad.
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I went to Roziís Wine House with my RateBeer Top 50 list and purchased a dozen or so beers. So when my wife and I drink these beers, we say what a great beer. And, this is a great beer. It had a mild aroma, a light but full head, and a wonderful flavor that coats the tongue. It has a nice, not overpowering, sweetness. Who thought rating beer could taste so good?
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown and hazy with off-white creamy head. Malty, fruity aroma with lots of alcohol and some herbal notes. Great flavors of sweet malts, raisins, dried fruit, cloves, and herbs. Excellent carbonation with smooth mouthfeel. Peppery bite of alcohol blended well with a fruity aftertaste with light chocolate hints. Overall very good.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - APR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, a bit red, ale. Beige head. Very complex flavour with some roasted malt, banana, vanilla (ginger bread?). Hints of chocolate. Some underlying fruit (Black currant?), muscovado sugar?. Smooth palate, almost oily. Overall magnificent abbey ale!
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza de muy alta graduacion (11.3%). Con color marron oscuro y fuerte sabor. Muy buena cerveza de abadia
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark ruby red with a HUGE biege head. Mild aroma of m\dark malts and dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Spice, plums, dried fruits, and wood on the tongue. Nice lingering aftertaste. A fine beer, but I have to say it's not one of my favorites for the style.