RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a somewhat cloudy reddish-brown with thick beige head. Caramel, vanilla, and alcohol in the aroma. Well carbonated and dry in flavor. Vanilla and oak in the flavor. More hoppy than other Belgians. I don’t get the sweetness that other raters have and am not crazy about the finish. The combination of dryness, carbonation, and alcohol gives a slight burning sensation on the way down.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby brown opaque, not quite cloudy until bottle is completely empty. Head is light foamy tan that lasts and laces. Great aroma. Sweet, deep musky fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, and oak. Complex with vanilla and brown sugar. Palate is smooth, moderately heavy body and light, vibrant carb. . Vanilla, oak, rum, raisins & plums. Finish is light sweet and a bit bitter, with slight bitter after.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hazy brown beer with small light colored head. Fine malty nose with touch of caramel and some dry fruit and spices. Smooth taste, malty and complex taste. Elegant aftertaste that lingers on.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a classic example of everything that a Belgian can do right, but it falls marginally behind its big brother, the Rochefort 10. Not too much of a complaint though, because these are among the two best beers out there. Unfortunately, neither is readily available in Toronto, but occasionally I’ll come across one. This one has a great deal of sweetness, yet isn’t overpowering or cloying. Just about perfect.
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this beer is fantastic. it’s a tad less complex and weaker than the 10, but still damn near perfect. everything is wonderfully balanced and the feel in the mouth is smooth yet exciting. dark fruit, plums, brown sugar, a bit of citrus, coffee, toffee, malt, chocolate flavors all harmonize with eachother in this dark, dark, slightly amber beer. the head is moderate with smallish bubbles with nice lacing and a moderate realease of gasses. this beer is complex and delightful. cheers!
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottle from new beer.Ruby brown color.off white head.sweet aroma ofdark fruits, very tasty,flavor of plums,subtle sweetnessdont even noitce the 9.2%this beer has madelnight better
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep chestnut color with a small tan head. Fruity, floral aroma and flavor of
dark fruits, chocolate malts, dark bread
and spices. Very smooth and delicious.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy almost muggy in color. Pours with a small head into a trappist goblet. Hints of plum, licorice?, spices. One of the best of the Trappist abbey ales available outside of Belgium/Netherlands.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Allright. 50th beer!! Bought this at Kardstat in Bremen, Germany just for this;)....2.79 euros though whoa! but well worth it. Talk about racking ones brain. Was drinking this while listening to a Guided by Voices. phew! Nice big murky brown body. Nice creamy head. Flavours that hit you are roasted coffee, chocolate, some nasal opening aromatic taste....(did they pour Amol into this too? It would explain the peppermint taste/aroma) Aftertaste carries a plum and a bit of a citrus hint? Nice alchohol hit in the head. Had me buzzin. Cant wait to try the 10...
joergen (20589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy red brown colour with beige head. Sweet aroma with lots of plums and alcohol. Sweet complex flavour with notes of plums, spices and liquorice.