larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a slight bubly cream coloured head. Lovely chocolate and toffe aroma mixec with caramel and some vineous alcohols. Flavour is sweet caramel and coffey. Very smooth and lean on the palate. With a beer of this quality it is easier to list its small deviations from perfection than to write down all of the good qualities. I find it slightly fizzy and some of the higher alcohols disturb the overall impression. A marvelous beer it is nonetheless!
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. A sweet aroma, with rasiny, wine-like notes. The beer pours dark brown, with a light tan head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing. The flavor is strong, fruity, with plum and raisin notes, sweet with undertones of alcohol, much like a fine dessert wine. Caramel notes to the malt, almost candy-like, without much hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, the carbonation complementing the flavors. A truly amazing feat of brewing!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 From bottle at The Bier Garden, Portsmouth, VA. Deep, cloudy brown with a light brown head. Sweet caramel-fruit nose. Flavor. My God man, the flavor! Complex, dark fruits - fig, date, raisin all sprinkled in brown sugar. Gets even more complex as it warms in the glass, the malts and caramel come through. Silky mouthfeel leaves your mouth aching for more, as the flavors hang in your mouth, you don’t want it to end. So I ordered another... Amazin’ brew! Simply amazin’!
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
And so my adventures begin in Trappist beers...being my first Abt/Quad I figured I’d start near the top...and I was not disappointed. This beer has a dark brown color with a reddish tint and a quickly dissolving off white head. Sweet grape and carmel aroma permeates from the glass. A dictionary of complex flavors including plums, brown sugar, sweet malt, grape, raisins and tobacco. Somehow they all blend into this amazing tasting creation that warms the belly. I’ll certainly enjoy this again.
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy dark brown, beige foam, Sweet aroma of caramel, dark sugar, dry figgs, milk chocolate and hard baked sweet bread. Taste is powerfull, creamy, sweet, slight complex bitter and dry fruity. A very tastefull nightcap beer.
malty (12) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
yummy... had my first one since the new laws..2 months or so ..pours like abrown but smoother and a creamier head ..sour grapes kindof..fruity almost like a lamic but not as strong fruit taste drinkability.A.. BUT 3 IS THE LIMIT...at 11.3% it should be malty out....
smithlrs2003 (11) - washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
awesome beer. bottle. deep brown w/ thick head. smooth, assertive flavor. moderate alcohol finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick creamy off-white head. The head settles down to form a perfect lasting cover for the body. Some lacing present. Aroma is chocolate, molases, dark fruits, with some roasted notes. Flavor is chocolate, molases, figs, candi sugar, raisins, prunes, and cookie dough. An alcohol presence comes in the middle, and lingers through the end and finish. Roasted coffee and rum come in at the end. The finish is lasting, with warming alcohol. Finish is semisweet from the lingering flavors of the fruits. The texture of this brew is wonderful, silky smooth and creamy, coating with a full mouthfeel. Has a low carbonation, but still has a soft fizz on the tongue. Wonderful beer, but I think the strong alcohol presence takes away from the beauty of this beer. I definately prefered the number 8 to this.
Habanero (3711) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2012 A wonderful aroma with fruit of banana and fig. Only complain is the little head.
Very nice brown colour. Flavour with burned carame and well balanced between sweet and bitter (is maybe to the sweet side). Lovely alcoholic bite. Sweet, alcohol and slightly bitter finish. Full bodied. My favourite trappist beer also compared to Westvleteren 12.★★★★★
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 My current favourite beer while I still wait for a Westy 12. An inspiring and sexy beer which displays ever deepening levels of complexity as it warms from cellar temperatures. Perfectly lingering lacing, brilliantly paired malts with a definate raisin/plum finish and the lingering effect of bliss knowing you’ve just sipped a true artisan beer.