BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Deep amber color with flat dense tan head. Fruity yeasty aroma with significant malt presence. Flavor is sweet with hints of berries. Malt is a near perfect blend. It’s warming now and the flavor of cherries is coming out a little. Alcohol is not overbearing but effect is almost immediate. Mouthfeel is high effervescence yet smooth on the palate. Overall a well balanced and complex ale. Re-Rate 2/13/10. Bottled 19-08-09. This is 6 months in the bottle and drinking very nicely. A cloudy dark amber with a majestic head which settles slowly and leaves a creamy layer covering the top. One of those wonderful complex aromas which invites your senses to overdrive. Dried fruit, yeast, straw, malt. The body is velvety smooth like its big brother the "10". Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, a delicious malty Belgian treat. Nearly as good as the :10" for sure.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body is a deep red-brown abbey double colour with an off-white thick head and good lacing. The nose has apple flavours and notes of raisin. It has a soft mouthfeel and a bitter intense malt finish.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
rich spicy/fruity nose, dark hue with a magnificent large frothy head, peppery, spices, fruity, hints of cherries and strawberries, very rich texture, well laced, excellent!
plalo (5) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2003 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was something of a surprise. The aroma was splendid with the hops coming through very pleasingly. The appearance was marred not by the beautiful head but the white floaties found in the dark beer after pouring. Beware when you enjoy yours, leave some behind and pour completely. If you don't let the white floaties bother your palate... I don't, then you'll find the flavor to be one of the most pleasing, complexities you've ever experienced. The malty, coffee hints of this strong ale do such a great job of giving exceptional character to this relatively high ABV beer. The sweetness can get in the way at times if you don't care for lingering sweets. Some inexperienced American brewers get the high alcohol but it ends up tasting that way. Not with this fine Belgian example of a great strong ale. If you like this GO FOR THE WESTVLETEREN! It only gets better.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 27, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sherbet aroma and flavor. Very malty and gently alcoholic beer with coffee and sweet sugar notes in the palate. Recommended!
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAY 26, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beers i have ever had. Strong and malty, without the overpowering alcohol notes of the 10. As it warms it improves in the palate. Makes me want the 6 even more.
MEDAY (9) - ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful brown color with a rich warm taste. A ture Trappistes masterpiece.
Ednolb (11) - BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really dark brown beer. Long-lasting head with a light brown-beige colour. Fruity taste with a hint of chocolate and slight alcohol taste in the end.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours with a beautiful full-inch-up tan foam that fades into a crater filled surface of bumby weird whipped cream with eiry leftover laces coating the sides. The glowing amber red lake sits murky, yet crystal clear around the edges. The aroma hits with a grainy goodness like fresh cooked homemade bread straight out of the oven with a fresh steaming cup of coffee on the side, but in way that makes you want to stick your face straight into it. The dance that executes across the tounge is amazing. This is no mere beer; this is a masterpiece. A finely crafted delicate dance of malt, yeast, and hops that emphasizes none before the other, but combines them in a refined balance of spice and caramel mellowness. Aye, Mother's milk, nectar of the Gods, may ye find this nearby and often.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque brown with a tan head. Apples and alcohol on the nose. Mild fruit flavor, then a strong peppery flavor through to the end. I thought, judging from the aroma, that there was going to be a big alcohol taste, but it just pops up and says "hello, my name is alcohol flavor, I'll be leaving now". Well made and intriguing beer.