rane (868) - Nibe, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Bottle. DArk brown with medium pale brown head. Aroma caramels, toffee and nuts. Surprisingly smooth and easydrinking given the 9% ABV, taste malt, sweet, nutty, long taste,
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Trademark Trappist IMHO. Superior balance of the all the candy dish, raisin, cedary aromas and the the enticing carmelized brown sugar platform (not as a fermentable thought). For the abbot rather than the brothers. This bottle shows some rather refreshing hoppiness hand in hand with a slight spice. Rochefort being the only Trappist brewery to commercially release a beer spiced with anything, coriander here. As always, this beer is balanced and seamless from introduction on. The abv. strength is well hidden as the malt sweetness forms a velvet glove around a bourbon "sour mash," tanginess. Those with head problems should give warmer temperatures a try.
Marko (3878) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
0.33l bottle @ Tolkien’s House, Zagreb, odd broad La Trappe glass
Poured a very dark brown and murky body with a small creamy tanish head that went away fast. Lovely aroma: plums, figs, raisins, random fruit, liquorice, malt, some acidity. The taste isn’t worse. It started with distinct roastiness which was intertwined with a lovely banana taste. Gum candy could be felt, and dark malts, and some berry coated in brown sugar, even some lemon could be felt in the last few sips. EVen this lovely herbal yet fruity taste I identified in Orval as aloe vera is there. Alcohol is well hidden, and what little could be felt actually improved the taste. The aftertaste consisted of some odd roasty yet sweet caramel that stuck to introduce the hoppy bitterness which was rather incospicuous. Lovely stuff.
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost as flavorful and aromatic as its bigger brother, but so much easier to digest.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Poured a cloudy brown with an off-white foam head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of woody malt with just a twinge of skunkiness. Big mouth feel, dry and cola-like due to the carbonation. No real detectable alcohol. I expected more, but not bad.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Pours very dark, cloudy brown with a big, pillowy cream-colored head. The aroma is clean and fruity: banana, berries, mild hops, and smooth malt. The flavor has much the same character as the aroma, but with a yeasty foundation. The hops are a bit more present than other Belgians, and it makes an interesting complement to the rich vinous flavors. Altogether it’s very tasty, and it makes me want some aromatic cheese to eat with it.
bigrond (1459) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn’t pour the ’grinds’ into the glass and this tasted better than the # 10(in which I did pour it in). Maybe it’s just in my head of I don’t truely appreciate this style of beer. But it was smoother and seem less bitter with a milder finish.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ July 2009. Dark brown, becomes opaque dark red when held against the light. Strong pearling, initially creamy then lacy beige head which never disappears. Caramelly but not sweet and/or sugary aroma, very dry in fact. Also vinous, banana, sulphurish, aromatic hops. Malty and sharp earthy taste with some pear liqueur and a burning alcohol aftertaste mixed with gentle hops. Very smooth and good body, nice tickling mouthfeel.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cL bottle bought in Belgium in 2000. Reddish brown color with medium head, nice lacing. Malty aroma with dried fruit. Definite alcohol flavor that almost makes it taste dry. It’s musty, malty, a bit of sweetness as it warms, some orange flavor, woody, a bit medicinal, slight tartness (the alcohol again?), nice carbonation. Good beer.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Big Aroma ...choc,plum,raisen,dirt,berries,dirty sherry,dust,cooking choc.....awesome lacing! tastes good too!! Has alot going on here! would love to try an aged sample,just to see how it all goes together! all and all, i overpaid bigtime but i am happy i finally got to try a highly rated and truly good belgium strong ale. try it but don’t overpay!