noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark chestnut brown with huge, long-lasting creamy tan head -- consistency of whipped cream, stuck tightly to the side of the glass in super-lacing. Aromas of malt, phenols, resin, toffee, and vanilla. Wonderful mix of flavors -- hops, yeast, toasty malt, caramel, vanilla, burnt orange, sweet apple, and alcohol. Perfectly balanced mouthfeel. Low carbonization and high ABV make for some frustration -- while it begs you to have another, you know the peril of more than a couple. What can I say? This was my first Belgian and what a place to start! Truly a great one
lille (11) - BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bière très bonne à couleur fort foncée. Grosse tête brune et mousseuse, goût de chocolat, cacaouettes ainsi ques des notes de terre, très doux, malts doux et fin salé. Extra
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 very good, i love it, poors out almost coca cola color, fat foamy brown head, nice strong bite, all the way down, worth drinking, expensive, and it tastes it.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, poured into a trappist glass. Pour a deep ruby color, which then creates an enormous sustaining tan head which you just know is going to leave some awesome lacing as you sip. Aroma was very big and sweet, lots of fruit (both dark and dry), raisens, prunes, plums, bananas, then come scents of rich chocolate, nuttiness and slight earthiness. Sounds like it would smell overly sweet, but its not even close, perfect! Flavor is tons of sweet malts, warming bitter alcohol (though not overly so), some nuts, and a saltish finish. Mouthfeel is very soft and velvety coating leaving lasting flavor notes.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible and Inspirational. An amazing beer. Upon opening the nose was intense. I could smell the beer from 2 feet away. All Kind of dark fruits, sweet bananas, wood, alcohol available in the fine nose. A copper colored beer, feel bad saying this but it almost looked like Pepsi. But the fluffy head was incredible.
Then the best part...the first taste...wow...dark cherries, plums, apricots, bananas, prunes, raisins, all kinds of dark fruits. Some sediment in the beer as well and an amazing lace left on the glass .................................................. this rating and re-entered it, to add Colorado availability. Bad rating. Totally overly enthusiastic, but I was like 16 to....
deadfryday (3) - Oakwood, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best beer you can buy on THIS planet. I started drinking Rocehefort in 1998 while i was stationed at Nato Headquarters in Brussels. They have a little bar back in the Situation Center. This and Duvel were staples at the little bar. Pours excellent leaving a Tannish colored head. It IS the smoothest tasting beer with the alcohol content i have ever had. The flavor: figgish, nuttish, chocolaty.....beautiful. Overall this is the best beer in the world. Brent Smith July 2005
ABUSEDGOAT (2584) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2015 Pours a burgundy body with a much larger head than expected for the alcohol content. Nice. Aroma is powerful. Huge malty aroma. Darker fruits like raisins and plums, but also the candy sugar is overpowering. Caramel, currants, figs, whatever, it’s loaded and big. A medium to heavy body with a fairly sweet finish, this is excellent stuff. Compared to Westy 12, this is bigger, more brash, more american. It doens’t have the complexity, but the flavors really jump at you. Both kick ass though.
2013 RERATE: Dark reddish brown, huge head, excellent lacing and retention. The aroma is just dumb. The complexity of darker fruit, fig, candi sugar, yeast, raisin, etc is just overpowering. There is no American sample that can come close. Medium to full body, amazing balance. An absolute world beater.
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now thats my kind of beer. Tasted at the Mondial the la bière in montreal. Small head, dark brown color. Complex aroma of fruits (raisins) and cacao, warmy alcohol feeling in the mouth, smooth until the last sip. Goes right in my top5.
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a muddy dark brown with a small off-white head and a few yeasties. Looks great! Aroma of apples, raisins, chocolate and so much more -- too much to pinpoint. Smells wonderful. Flavour is like the scent, so many great tastes in each sip, each one different from the last. One of the finest tasting beers in the world. It’s hard to believe that this beer is 11.3% alcohol, you would never know it by taste alone. It’s so good that while drinking this one we ordered another one right away. One of my top 5 in the world.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky brown with a 1/4 inch tan head. Yeasties floating on top of the head. Not much lace. Smell is fruity, yeasty and spicy.
Very bready tasting, a little grainy. Cinnamon and fruity, spiced sour apples. Quite the alcohol flavor. Sweet with a lightly sour aftertaste. Yeasty. The closest thing to liquid bread I’ve ever tasted. Big and rich. A really excellent brew although I could see this developing to be even better in a couple of years.
Not that drinkable to be honest. A sippin’ brew for sure. Need me some more.