MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours with a muddy brown cloudy color that gets much lighter (almost clear but still cloudy) at the top of the glass. red hues through the center from some angles. rich tan head that leaves dense lacing on the glass. aroma is all sweet, like dried bing cherries. very high carbonation, which I didn't remember from the last one. starts with candy sugar flavors, fruity malt and finishes off with pleasing hop flavor then mild alcohol. one of my favorites.
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a two-finger light brown, thick head that leaves some lace. Malty nose has hints of raisin. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation and a murky brown color but no yeast. Starts and finishes sweet, very smooth, you don't notice the high ABV. $7.99 for a 330ml bottle.
oli (108) - DENMARK - MAR 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this was a great experience for me.As near to perfection as you can get in a beer.I was going to save the beer until it´s sell by date(18-02-08).I´ve had it for six months but i just couldn´t wait.
Pours with a beautiful thick head.Lovely murky brown/reddish colour.Great feeling in the mouth.Smooth on the tongue with a wonderfuly long aftertaste.Taste is so complex that it defies description. Every mouthful is a delight.The alcohol is well hidden.I wish i had another bottle because on is not enough.I would love to try this beer aged but i am too weak willed to have a bottle stored in my cellar.I enjoyed this beer more than i did than westvleteren 12.Luckily it is easier to get hold of than westvleteren.
BIGC (29) - USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
not as complex as westvleteren 12. I had this $7.50 11.2 fl. oz stamped 27-05-08. Poured out murky brown with a little carbonation. The thin creamy brown head gave way for the chocolate cake like aroma. as for flavor, yummy sweet plum, raisin, chocolate. instead of a little hop bite i got a spicy finish with lingering alcohol, i guess the 11.3 % is what did it. let this one warm up for another awesome experience. I think if it was aged another 2 years or so i would've enjoyed as much as westvleteren 12 which is why i gave it a 17, but do not pass this one up. cheers
Lubiere (11250) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
golden brown hazy beer with a wonderful complex aroma of sugar, wine, hops and vanilla fudge/praline. Wonderful rich tatse of scotch with peach melba and hops intertwined, woody notes, very complex body, with a alcool warmth which lingers and pleases the tongue.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can't imagine too many beers that would earn a 10 for flavor, but this beer does in my opinion. Such a lush palate of fig, brown sugar, raisin and plum. Its hard to tell by the bottle, how old this one was, but it seemed to be aged perfectly-but I only had it for a week. Tried alongside a Bernardus 12 and I thought this one was noticably better. Wish I could afford a case of it.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours out a molasses color yet settles in the glass barely brown, a very dark black coffee color in the glass with a tremendously large, thick billowing head of dark cream with speckles in it. The top settles and softens to look like melted vanilla ice cream(whipped) and the lacing is one continuing thick curtain around the entire glass with amazing sticking power. One divine looking glass of ale! Softer then soft nose, nothing to powerful, subtle and soft, appetizing and engaging, ever changing and new; soft fruits of pear, apple, and mango, touches of plum, fig, and raisin, deeper is some spices but light, some cocoa, continues to get more lively as it warms, grabbing light phenolic notes, cookie sugars, and yeast. Taste is calm and soothing with many hidden subtleties, soft yet kinda darkish bakers chocolate dominates the front and middle with some caramel with a bit of light breadish qualities. Finish is all over the place, as the chocolate wears off a slight appearance of light tropical fruits dash in before reaching the peak of both feel, body, and taste where it mingles with yeasty spicyness, yet some chocolate remains behind drying slightly in the finish, and very late are yet more spices with an little extra burn of good Ol' alcohol, and thats the only place that 11.3% shows itself. And yet it continues, there are many wonderful things that float around once its been there a while including some nice caramel coating the back of the tongue. Nice! As in the smell, there is nothing overpowering, just a bunch of soothing character and subtlety thats just as savory as a really great, chewy homemade cookie. Feel is super smooth with a very fluffy, almost floating in texture feel, close to medium yet seeming full body. The texture and body reminds me of the soft graham cracker used for ice cream sandwiches. If you've ever just ate the dimpled brown graham cracker part by itself, this is what I'm talking about. Nice smoothness overall. Which brings me to its drinkabilty - it has alot of that! Wow, very scrumptious, just thick enough, fluffy, and glides down with astounding ease. Moderate overall really, in my book, was hoping for a bit more, and the Rochefort 8 I like just a bit more; still this is very quenchable and wouldn't pass it up for nothing. Price wise it might be? $8 for 11.2 ounces it's almost worth it here.
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Didn't take notes, but this is what I remember: Dark, dark brown color with raisin and plum to match. Very complex. Thick, almost creamy mouthfeel. Quite sweet with little hint of alcohol. Highly recommended, even for the $8.09 I payed for a bottle.
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2004 This is a newer rating. An excellent product overall. Beautiful white head and a great ruddy brown color. Really complex. Lots of peach and banana in the aroma. Could not detect the alcohol. Apple, plum and a little chocolate in the flavor. Contains some subtle malt. Ends with a little bit of honey. This is excellent and about as good of a Trappist that I have had.
bakechad (3) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
$8 for 11.5 ounces and worth every penny! Wonderful reddish color. Complex fruity flavor, more than other trappists follwed by a chocolatly malt flavor. Ends with a strong warm feeling due to the alcohol content.