beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12.26.05) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle received as gift. 9.2% ABV. Batch L270710, 14:06. Clear amber Belgium Trappist ale having a large long-lasting tan head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity, flowery, and medicinal aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness, peppery alcohol and slight medicinal (adhesive bandage) flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. A good drinkable Belgium ale but in a side-by-side comparison tasting with the Rochefort 10, the latter tasted much better. Thanks Tom for the bottle.
stouby (3866) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at home.
Brown with light brown head, unfiltered, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (caramel, brown fruit), moderate hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter, long duration. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. Moderate to heavy alcoholic.
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deeply sliky sweet and smooth but not overly comlpex. All of the fruit notes mergerd so as not to be distingiushable. Perfect for cheese.
gunnfryd (11759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Dark golden brown . Spicy smell. Creamy head. Harmonic flavour.
A warming beer.
Beer4000 (4829) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Dark red-brown with nice thick creamy head. Warm malty flavour with a hint of sherry and alcohol. A smooth and warming beer. Just a litter disappointing aftertaste, would have expect this to last longer. Hides the 9% alcohol very well.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a hazy mahogony brown with lots of bubbles along the sides of the glass and a nice amount of fizzy/froathy head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel, toasted almonds, dark chocolate, and sherry. Flavor is very smooth yet complex. Flavor starts malty and sweet with a slightly plummy/spicey flavor. It then drys out and has a bitter banana alcohol warmth to it. Overall, a delicious beer, but i think i preferred the 6 over it, though its close.
OldMrCrow (2051) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013
Fresh bottle 1/1/06.
Pours a murky dark red-brown with a lovely fine and long-lasting light-brown head. The aroma is honey, molassas, lightly toasted almonds, and a hint of pineapple. The flavor is brown sugar, oak, plums, kiwi, and slight spice, with a smooth bitter finish. The mouthfeel is luxurious, amply carbonated, almost like cognac without the alcohol burn (this beer hides its 9% well). My only complaint is that it goes a bit thin as the beer warms and the carbonation departs. 8/4/9/4/16
Rerate 11/7/13. Pours into my Koningshoeven goblet in a caramel brown with a fluffy contoured pillowy head and a reasonable amount of sand-grain-sized sediment. Cotton candy in the aroma with fruitcake and spice. Spicy flavor as well -- something akin to ginger and cinnamon -- cola flavors, modest but not overpowering sweetness drying out late. Smooth, creamy mouthful hiding the high ABV until it warms the back of one’s throat. This one is without technical flaw, but it really feels to me as if it is holding something back. Probably not one to buy on a regular basis; there are other classic Belgians that I prefer (de Dolle, I’m looking at you). I’d going to drop the rating to 4.0 though I’d have gone 3.9 or even 3.8 on this bottle right after finishing it. That said, an interesting thing happens when I open a Rochefort 10 immediately following this one. The big boozy sweet 10 makes me suddenly appreciate the absence of alcohol in the nose and the dry finish of this one. The 4.0 is deserved after all. 7/4/8/5/15
5 years old.1/31/2011 tasting of a 2006 bottle. Lovely, dusty agedness, cola flavors, spices, plum. Yeah, in the 4.1 ballpark.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque brown-sugar color with thick rich beige head. Aroma of hazelnut, prune, rich and warming. Flavors of prune, brown sugar, and a suggestion of fried banana. Rich and fruity, a joy from start to finish.
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Average size frothy off-white head with good lacing. Murky brown colour. Aroma is light malt (nutty) and light hops (grassy) with medium alcohol. Aroma also has some plum notes. Medium bodied with a smooth creamy texture and average carbonation. The flavour is strong with the alcohol but smooth and warming. The flavour is also a little bit sour. Very good.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Pours dark reddish brown. Very nice head that retained well. Aroma is malty, fruity, with a hint of alcohol. Flavor of plums, maple, sweet malt nicely balanced by some hop bitterness. Finishes sour. A very nicely crafted and balanced brew. What do you expect from a top 50?