crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a rich dark brown, looks great. Nice hop kick. The alocohol warms you up on the way down. Very smooth and rich.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark ruby with a nice tan head. Aroma is strong, raisins, toffe chocolate. Flavor is STRONG; sweet, fruity and yeast. Amazing. An astringent alcohol finish balances nicely. An aftertaste od dried fruit lingers. Acidic, with nice carbonation. Amazing beer.
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby red body is slightly hazy as I am careful about not pouring the yeast dregs in the goblet. The foamy head is about an inch and a half tall after the pour, and sticks around a while, being fed by very fine bubbles from the medium carbonation beneath. Nice lace is evident around the glass. The aroma is deliciously fruity, with plums, cherries, raisins, and licorice notes. The taste is delicately balanced between fruitiness of the malt and spiciness of the yeast. There are also notes of brown sugar on the palette. The mouthfeel is very creamy due to the fineness of the carbonation. It is incredibly smooth and drinkable with almost no hint of the underlying strength. This is a picture perfect mold from which other Belgian Strong Dark Ales are cast. But as usual, the imitations pale when compared to the brilliance of the original.
Sammy (9813) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best of the trappistes rocheforts. One must try this in their lifetime, even if their last meal. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. The specs: Mahagony cloaked by beautiful cream. Agree this is the ideal match for a steak. More so than wine. Drank it late evening - wonderful idea.It's kalula, pear and apple fruit, citrus, caramel all in a perfect yeasty combination. Alcohol rock. To savour.
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definite raisin presence in the flavor and aroma, almost liqour-like bitterness in the back of the mouth, similar to, say, scotch. There is spiciness to this beer, but, if spice were music, this spiciness would be all bass and no treble. No sharp spices, only smooth and dark flavors. Dark molasses color. Head stays glued to the glass in a uniform sheet, no lacing.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very complex, the flavor changed over the 5-6 seconds after the beer was actually drunk. Really an amazing beer.
GregClow (3012) - 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.