punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy mahogany colored pour with a classic Trappist huge pillowy white head. Dark fruit aroma, not as chocolaty as the 10. Tannic notes, brandy, and spice popping out also. Earthy sweet malt flavor with lots of dark fruit, a little tannic, a touch of cherry and brandy, well hidden alcohol. Medium body with a tingly carbonation and a slight alcohol warming on the finish.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Bottle. A cloudy dark brown beer, with an avrage sized. frothy/fizzy, mostly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of toffee, raisins, plums, brown sugar, with a touch of chocolate.The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture. lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, lightly alcoholic. Appearence is the weakest part, the rest is world class. Complex aroma, good balance and not boozy at all. An old favorite.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown with ruby highlights and a large long lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Wonderfull aroma of fresh malt, raisins, plums, and caramel. Taste is fresh malt with notes of raisins and plums complemented by a slight caramel sweetness and a hint of corriander. Finishes dry and bitter with a small amount of carbonic bite. Alcohol is very well hidden and the overall balance of this beer is great.
Kingtubby (18) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the 10 though I’d try the 8. Pours a very interesting brownish color, Almost like a dark cider. Smells of dark fruits. Taste not as strong as I expected. Fizzy taste on the palate. Good beer but not worth the 6$ I paid for the bottle, unlike the 10. I would definitely Recommend the 10 over the 8.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can’t find the 10 anywhere, so I settled for a bottle of the 8. Nice color, great taste! I could easily polish off another 3 bottles of this before the night is over. One of the best beers I have had...very smooth.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a different, fizzy kind of palate, but unlike the overcarbonated palate of macro-beer. Unique taste; not quite as good as the 10, but very good nonetheless.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Always one of my go-to’s while roaming around BevMo. Pours murky brown with some red tint and always a guaranteed thick and bubbly head. Aroma is a nice combination of caramel malt, toasty Belgian yeast, raisin, plum and candy sugar. Sweet and dry flavor is a mix of cherry chocolate, light toffee, dark fruits (with prominent raisin), and banana. Nice numbing mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Hand me the bigger 10 anyday!
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark brown color. Nice tan head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Goes down smooth, with a little hint of the alcohol Nice finish.
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was an excellent beer. I tasted it head to head with the 10. The result is I enjoyed the 10 much, much better.
thefederalist (306) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Pours dark brown, nice head. Aroma explodes with complexities - raisins, raspberries, toffee, alcohol, you name it. Flavor is amazingly complex, especially as it warms. Slightly sweet on the onset, but the finish is dry and complex. Amazing, world class beer. I actually liked it better than the 10.