rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of the 11.2 oz bottle into the goblet with a very murky brownish red appearance. A lot of little Belgian yeast floating was observed around in the glass. The head was about an inch in height and died down pretty quickly. There was a generous amount of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma was sweet-sour with cherries, licorice, molasses, and Belgian horse blanket smells wafting through. The taste was a balance between dark skinned dried fruits and dry peppery spiciness. The malt exhibited a roasty burnt quality, but not to a degree found in a stout or a porter. A more pronounced hop bitterness than that typically found in Belgian strong ales was also detectable. The beer was medium thick on the palette, and never felt watered down compared to its bigger and bolder brethren. This is one masterful brew thanks to those Trappist monks. If they did not require celibacy, I’d have joined the order a long time ago.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great trappist beer! Pours with a thick longlasting tan couloured head and a dark brown body with plenty of yeast chunks floatin’ about. The aromas are so many that I can’t identify them all. Some were chocolate, burnt caramel,burnt toast,mild coffee notes, raisins and some alcohol. The taste was awesome, not unlike the ten but more subdued in the alcohol and some of the other flavours, quite a smooth rich mouthfeel just the same.An awesome belgian strong ale. Sheer artistry in a bottle.
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza de muy alta graduacion (9.2%). Con color marron oscuro y fuerte sabor. Muy buena cerveza de abadia
st23jt26 (17) - Charlesbourg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Servie froide. Brunâtre avec quelques reflets rouquins. Pétillement et mousse peu abondants mais soutenus. Nez de prûnes. En bouche,goût sucré et de malt qui me fait penser à celui du brandy. Excellente pour égayer une fin de soirée entre amis.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 bbd082906: Pours with a nice, frothy, head; chaw-spit colour and pungient aromas: alcohol, licorice, oak, cheese, shoe-repair shop....that’s just strange....; the flavor is very rich, nutty, alcoholic, definite notes of raisins and dates; a bit sour on the palate; some slight coriander spice and maybe black forest cake coming though; this is a brew like no other. Not quite as I recall drinking it from the proper glass in Haarlem......but still, amazing!
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
it’s a fine specimen to behold: a lightly yeasted pour the color of dried tobacco, the warm ochre of a martian twilight, the color of dough and the dirty-gold of a back-lit morrel mushroom. here’s another one of those desparately expensive beers where with every sip you feel the meter running--like a san francisco taxi ride. you say: "i smell red licorice and spanish boot leather", and take a sip. bam. that’s fifty cents worth. you ask yourself: "is it woody and sweet and delightful?" and take another sip. bam again, a buck. "yes, yes, it IS!" you slurp it loudly and languorously over the tongue like the wine tasters do-- to savor every molecule of encapsulated trappist wisdom-- and still you curse yourself for selfishly swallowing it. another dollar’s worth is gone... and so it goes. a tug of war to carefully catalogue the intricacies versus the overwhelming impulse to drain it away. amazing. where else will you smell cranberry and chocolate in the same sniff? it’s the very deffinition of complexity in a masterful libation: few essences are overbearing, and nearly any taste can be offered as a reasonable discriptor: mint and raisin? sure. haunting verisimilitudes weave in and out: "was that mustard and cheddar? hmmm, maybe... plum jam and peasant bread? yes. bourbon and lemon tea? honeycomb and cedarwood? yes. all of the above". peppery chunks of yeast settle out like buckshot; carbonation is the gently roiling air upon which the butterflys of flavor can play, this ale is milky textured and sweet with moderate bitterness. the alcohol dots the ’i’s and crosses the ’t’s, and ultimately crosses your eyes as well, and by the time you get to four dollars fifty cents worth, you’ve tossed aside the notes and given in to the hypnotic flow of flavors. sweet dreams.
beerandsteak (12) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There are quite a few flavors in this beer. Chocolate, coffee, fruits... this beer is great for rewarding yourself. Pours a wonderfully dark, rich body, with a head that lets out some amazing aromas. Alcohol is masked very well, goes down smooth, with a satisfying aftertaste. Squeezed this bottle ’till the last drop, this beer ain’t cheap. But it was certainly worth it. Still have a 10 hanging out, that’s next.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
a wonderful sip. Complex spice mix. Great at end of meal, after meat and such. Replaces a great wine. Worth getting the signature glass and plunking down two or three times your cheap beer once in a while. Fruit (and the fig/date richness fruit) and hops and spice smell.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy brown and a beautiful cherry color when held to the light. Small off-white head diminishes to a film of creamy bubbles on top. Rich, complex aroma with lots of dark fruit esters, brown sugar, coriander and allspice. Sweet - very sweet and malty, with subtle spices, noticible alcohol and a slight tartness in the finish. Smooth and mellow with an astringent nutmeg aftertaste. Medium full body and soft carbonation. Delicious and definitely a treat at about $8 for a 330 ml bottle.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet smells of plums and citrus greets you. A ruby reddish hue and a decent size head is acheivedn by a careful pour. Sweet taste followed by a hoppish aftertaste. Definatley a must drink