CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich dark brown, almost opaque appearance. Complex rich milk chocolate and sweet plum aroma. Flavor does not quite meet the expectations I had from the aroma. Semi-sweet lightly bitter body finishes with some light roastedness toward the finish. Definite warming effect on the throat, but not much noticeable alcohol flavor. I think this beer would improve with some age.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A lovely Belgian Strong. Pours nicely with a thick, bubbly off-white head. The scent is excellent with plums and other fruits. The alcohol is well-hidden and the beer flows nicely over the tongue, tickling it with it's perfect carbonation. Oh, this beer simply defines the genre. Try it with some good belgian chocolate, it will amaze you! God, I love this beer, I've got to get some more.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy brown color with a thick dark head. A plum/raisin scent. Slightly vinous, as I've come to expect from this style. Some other subtle fruit tastes swirl around as well. The alcohol is very well hidden. I see why this beer is so well regarded.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep ruby color,fresh clean alochol,flavours of raisins,fruits, plums,figs.This is extremely complex not up to their 10 though still a desirable Ale, time for some US brewery to start making this type Ale, Highly Recommended
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper brown in color. Carbonation creates a large head that took a while to subside. Alcohol present intitially and it has an almost liquer-characteristic to it. This includes lots of fruits, cloves, and a creamy cocoa/coffee profile. Not as good as I was expecting, to be honest, but a worthwhile beer.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Body is dark red and brown. Big head typical of the trappist ales. Aroma of brandy, cherry and other dark fruits. Flavour is quite alcohol dominated but the fruit does a decent job of dealing with this. A lot of malt to this beer as well. Finish is tangy and nice.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely seductive aroma, full of plums and the rochefort house character, which to me is more in the aroma than in the flavor. Flavor is slightly less complex than its big brother, but the beer is tighter and more coherent. Perilously drinkable and emminently delicious.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper-brown, creamy head. Very little carbonation. Some sediment, just the right amount. Smooth, oh so smooth. Bananas and cloves in the flavor. I think the 9.3% is concealed very well.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color with a small amount of head. Smells very malty, some pepper, kind of like the ocean. Some of the 9.3 is noticable, very nice yeasty flavor with malts that taste like black forest chocolate cake.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmmmmmm. Not what I expected. Pours a minimal head with decent carbonation. Aroma of heavy malt, chocolate and alcohol with a touch of yeast and other aromas. Color of watery chocolate brown. Flavor is slightly mellow with tones of alcohol and maybe black cherry. Not as complex as some of the other trappists. Finish is slightly creamy and fizzy with a slight lingering alcohol presence. A very good beer but not as good as some of the other trappists. A little on the thin side but will have to try the 10 to compare. As with all trappists, very complex in their tastes and aromas and need to be tried by everyone.