rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Bottled.
Muddy brown in colour. Vineous aroma. Sugary, vineous flavour with notes of plum and raisin and maybe some juniper. Lingering smoothly around the tongue with a progenial result. Is it the oily body?
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
FINALLY GET TO RATE THIS!!!!! deep mahogany/cherry color thick light brown head. aroma is some alcohol and some earthiness. flavor burns, lots of alcohol, some chocolate and some damn raisins...i'm going to let this warm a little....OK, i'm back, still alcoholic...too overwhelming..i wanted to rate this higher, but westy 12 is simply better than this beer...by a large margin...but not even westy 12 can touch abbaye des rocs.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Update: Same batch 6 mos later. Nose is more fruity now, with the alcohol more subdued. Nice change now that the bottle is 6 mos older. Flavor is warming, yet more balanced with the full flavor of the malt coming up front. Much better, and my rating has been adjusted. Alcohol nose with Belgian trappist notes mixed in. Brown in color, and cloudy. Big alcohol note in flavor dominates. Malt is nice and well fermented, not sweet. Some hints of chocolate. I think this bottle needed to age for a while.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is lightly malty with lots of fruit and a slight hop bite. Yeast and alcohol are present but well hidden for this large of a beer. Pours the perfect trappist beer color, very dark and opaque though (unlike westy 12). I drank this out of a Chimay glass, is that ok? Flavor has a light alcohol sting in the finish but this isn't too sweet (good thing) and has a subtle hop & malt balance that is uncanny. Finishes a little acidic and with a bit too much alcohol bite. Once again as one of the legendary trappist flagship beers and a RB Top 5, this was phenomenal and was perfect to mimic my pseudo trappist-fasting session. What a meal!
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep dark brown, nice tan head, great lacing. Aroma is winey, notes of plums, raisins, and malt. The flavor is fantastic, sweet, malty with an exceptional long aftertaste. Fantastic silky mouthfeel.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Pours a deep reddish brown, with a very firm tan head, also quite a few floaties. Nose of plums, raisins, malt, a little alcohol. Complex fruity/malty flavor with a bit of alcohol. Luscious mouthfeel. An excellent brew.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark reddish-brown, with a creamy light tan head and a complex aroma, consisting of rich bready malt, chocolate, prunes and raisins. It is smoky, a little fruity, and has lots of depth to its malt flavors. The alcohol is certainly apparent and to me, somewhat detracting. Long soothing aftertaste of molasses and dark chocolate. This is a pretty special beer-just about as good as it gets.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice flavor and a GREAT aftertaste featuring notes of the alcohol as well as some spiciness. Really a well made brew.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 Very nice dark brown pour with a smooth creamy head. A malty nose with lots of fruit. Grapes, figs and some orange. There are hints of coriander or grains of paradise as there is quite a nice level of peppery spice. Flavor is very good. Alcohol, fruit, and malts. The fruits are much the same as in the nose. Caramel and roast linger. The spices come out in the mix again with a nice level of citrus. Very vinous in both the nose and flavor.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice dark borwn coloring with a ery fine bubbly creamy head. Aroma is slightly malty sweet, with definate fruity hints laden in it. The flavor is, well, great. Smooth (aside from a small alcohol bite) but is quite sweet, but not sugar sweet.