GregClow (2951) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #400! Woo hoo! "Expiry date" on the bottle is 04 03 08, so I guess it was bottled in March 2003. Pours a dark, hazy ruby-copper colour with a small and lingering tan head. Aroma is indescribably full and rich with notes of dark dried fruits, earthy spice, and a hint of alcohol. Full and warm mouthfeel. Flavour is initially sweet and malty and notes of raisin and caramel, followed by dark chocolate and anise, and a moderately bitter finish. Remarkable!
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The only beer that made my father, a Molson loyalist, turn to me and go "Oh my god, this is so good". Profoundly religious experience starting with a darkish color, a thick head and a full-bodied taste that makes you forget where you are for a few seconds.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The dark color had a nice firm but quick disappearing head. Rich notes of plums and dried currants were the first thing I tasted. The alcohol was hidden so well in the malt. I have found a new favorite beer. I hope I can continue to find this incredible beer. This is what happens when beer is crafted beyond perfection
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep black in color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is slightly estery yet balanced by a rich malt character announcing the wonderful roasted/chocolate flavors to come. Slightly sweet to the taste yet balanced by an odd metalic flavor. This very well could be my favorite beer ever. I wouldn't mind "fasting" with this one for a while.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle with my brother...Dark nearly opaque pour with a generous head. Aroma of raisins and macerated pit fruit (apricots, plums, peaches), definate alcohol on the nose. Alcohol is hidden nicely though on the palate, same tastes as the aroma, with definate complexity. A solid beer with very redeeming characteristics.
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 Best by 04 03 08: Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, yeasts, spices, and banana. Pour is a hazy mahogany with a robust beige head. Start is somewhat sweet, then bitter with some hops. Smokey Alcohol finish. There is indeed a lot going on here. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is what leaves the lasting impression. This is still a decent brew.----re-rate-- much else to add. my original rate was pretty accurate. Definitely ethanolic. A bit thin and metallic with more hops than expected.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Joey Capps for letting me try this one! Dark, dark body, almost a reddish brown....I am going to say a dark ruby colour. Aroma is complex.A strong fruity scent is apparent. Smells like spiced plums or something similar. Taste is fruity, but like a wine. Very nice. Smooth from beginning to finish. An incredible beer.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2004 Bottled (330ml). Like with other belgians, the alcohol is very well hidden, I find it easier to drink than some English ales with half the alcohol. Saying that, the alcohol is somewhat overpowering in the nose. The beer however, is sweet, malty and fruity. This is a very good beer, although not quite at the level of the Westvleteren 12. Since the westy 12 is a fair bit cheaper thawn this.. I think I'll go with that in the future :). Complex.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 (Bottled, BBE 09/2009) Very dark brown, but not opaque, color with a medium, beige, lasting head. Very strong initial licoricey herbiness that settles into sweetish, strong and caramely-toffeeish maltiness in a somewhat scotch ale -like way. A fantastic, strong and winous, very licoricey-malty, raisiny flavor with nice, spicy bitterness. Quite full-bodied, but not exactly thick, sweetish-sugary and bitter palate with medium carbonation. Well hidden ABV for its class. A truly excellent, warming and reasonably complex trappist, that is just an inch too thin from perfection. On the other hand, it’s quite easy to drink despite the 11.3%. Definitely a world class brew!
(Earlier rating, was 7-5-8-4-15=3.9) Very, very dark, deep red color with a medium, bubbly head. Malty, alcoholic, sourish, strong aroma. Burning alcohol flavor with raisins, dark chocolate and anise. Slightly sweet. Very full-bodied, oily and creamy palate. A very enjoyable trappist, but a bit too alcoholic.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibly complex aroma, mixing caramel, toffee, chocolate, pineapple, and perfume. Pours super dark burgundy, almost black, with a monstrous but quickly disappearing head, which is reduced to a sudsy thin layer. alcohol flavor is a little on the strong side, but it IS 11.3%, so taking that into account, it's downright smooth.