MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark earthy brown color with some toffee, raisin marks in the nose. Very smooth of a flavor and mouthfeel, except for a slight ending slice of the alcohol.
3fourths (7519) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Dark brown, tan head which dies quickly. Bananas and limes in the nose. Flavor of sweet sugary bananas, a little abrasive from the alcohol. Cloves, wood and nuts are picked up. Heavier on the alcohol, more "salty".
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 Murky-brown with a tan head. Creamy and carbonated. Earthy-yeasty-chocolaty-sweet nose. Roasty and nutty with notes of Yoohoo chocolate, sweet raisins and cooked brown sugar. Bitterness resides on the tongue into the aftertaste, but it’s mild. Some subtle hints of smoke. Alcohol is hidden well. Yeasty-nutty flavors in the malts. Overall, in an abstract way, I thought it tasted like the color brown.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy ruby brown hue with an frothy off-white head and good lace. Aroma is similiar to the 10 but slighty less powerful and the alcohol is more noticeable, still a nice combo of fruit, wood, chocolate, vanilla and smoked malts. Vinous as well. Big fruity and woody taste. Picked up some smoke and minor molasses twang toward the finish. Modertate alcohol burn, slightly less potent than the 10 but more noticeable due to the thinner body. Creamy and lively mouthfeel. Great beer a worthy stablemate to the 10, different yet you can easily detect the same bloodlines.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy red brown with very nice tan head and lacing. Aroma is like cherries, fruity. Taste is light bitterness with excellent alcohol warming sensation. Great toffee flavor.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown orange. Nice long lasting off-white head. Lacing is outstanding. Aroma is alcohol, currant, and bread. Flavor is sweet with a good dose of alcohol. Not quite as complex as the 10 but still very nice. Sweet syrupy body and aftertaste. Alcohol really develops in the aftertaste then the true complexity of the flavors really come out.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark red amber, with a creamy tan head. Lots of dark fruit and bready malt aromas. This is very smooth and soft, with lots of chocolate accompanying the fruit flavors. The alcohol is much less pronounced than the 10, which makes this just a bit more appealing to me. Finish is warming alcohol balanced with some hops and chocolate, leaving a malty, sweet aftertaste. A strong, complex superior ale that is amazingly good. My favorite of all the Trappist ales.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(sampled at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden) Dark brown and hazy with a small white head. Aroma of pears, toffee and alcohol. Very malty, clean, smooth flavour with sweet notes of toffee and coffee. Notes of spices and tropical fruit. Long spicy and sweet finish. World-class.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good Belgian strong, but not quite what I expected or hoped for. The flavor and aroma are very unique, but lack in strength, in my opinion. Greater emphasis in both these areas might take this beer from very good to great.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkbrown in color, really thick beige head with nice lace. Strong, a bit alhocol-like, sweet and caramelly-like malty nose. Full body, smooth, well-balanced, sweet malty, strong and a bit alcohol-like. Moderate bittered, sweet, a bit sour and dry, a bit fruity. Aftertaste is strong and warming, bitter, a bit sour and dry. Also long.