MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 A Mes rate:
A damn fine beer. Stunned to find this was not on my rates list. Raisins and chocolate aroma. Glorious appearance. Almost black and opaque with a thick pillowy head that settles slowly to a decent covering that lasts until you drain the glass. Lots of lace as you would expect. Wonderfully full bodied and complex. Creamy and smooth with lots of dark fruits and more raisins and chocolate. Amazingly satisfying creamy finish which eventually turns bitter. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. MMM toffee and christmas pudding.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has a dark sienna brown color and a thin head. Aromas contain: mushrooms, cellar, burned brown sugar, dates, raisins, orange and very strong—nearly overpowering—scents of alcohol and malt. The taste starts off being moderately sweet, but with a slight bitter kick on the back of the tongue in the finish. The body is moderate and the palate is smooth and well-carbonated. The strong alcohol aroma and taste became a bit too heady for me and made this beer hard for me to finish.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown and cloudy with a huge beige head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and fruits, raisin and apple. Taste was sweet and dominated (perhaps too much so) by dark chocolate.
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Old World beer, revered for its classic nature, the way old B&W movies are revered.
Are those old movies as good as the ones made today? Well, not really, but they are good for their time.
Many of the more modern Belgian Strong Ale brewers do a better job, but as the saying goes, they stand on the shoulders of Old World Brewers like Rochefort.
So enjoy a classic. It is certainly good, but can’t compare to some of the offerings of Ommengang, Unibroue or Westleveren (OK, snuck an Old Worlder in there)
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz Bottle - Pours a murky dark reddish-brown, with a large fizzy tan head, which disapated quickly into a small but long lasting head with a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly sour apple with nuances of caramel, raisins, chocolate and alcohol. Flavour is very complex but it’s hard to pick up the various nuances as the alcohol and sour notes seem to hide everything else. Mouthfeel seems too carbonated, fizzy and full. Aftertaste is light, some sour & caramel and of course the alcohol is there. Maybe I had and off night or something but I didn’t find this to be as great as many others have rated. It’s good but, IMO, not as good as St. Benardus 8
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a small head. Flavor is very malty and wonderful. Aroma is sweet and malty as well. a very good brew indeed.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby brown body, only about 15-20% of light shows through when held close to a bulb, surprising for the style. Head is long lasting, finely bubbled, yellowed-brown colored, and leaves nice lacing as I gently rock the snifter. There’s something about the Belgian yeast they use that produces amazing carbonation from the fermentation process. It is really unparalled among beers. Aroma is so enjoyable and enthralling; I really can’t get my nose out of the top of the glass. Sharp aroma, primarily bright hops, lemony and tart present themselves, with baseline aromas of raisins, extremely ripe figs, burnt sugars and also lightly of melon. Taste is very strong, nipping the back of the throat with the potency of cutting-sharp hops and alcohol. After the initial crack comes sweet pit fruits, brown sugar, which fades to a more subtle roasted malt, dried orange peel, drying hops, and a bit of anise. Alcohol really dries things out, lingers for quite awhile. As I said, a very strong beer, however the body is actually rather thin. It does contain a healthy bit of carbonation that turns into tiny bubbles on the tongue, helping the flavors permeate even more. But it is thin, not thick or oily as I might have expected, to translate this much flavor. All flavors mesh well, nothing out of place. Well crafted beer here, could drink on it all night.
Tejas (920) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfect appearance and lacing. Great bready aroma. Little brandy aroma in the nose too. Very malty with dark fruit flavors A little cherry and alcohol flavor too. Maybe just a tad too sweet for my tastes. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. Outstanding beer. I’d love to sip on many of these.
dyetube (1315) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a small tan head. It has a floraly sweet smell with malts and a very deep mahogany flavor that ends a little sweet. This is a very good trappist only succeded by an achel in my opinion. Cheers!
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy coppery brown with a large rocky tan head that settled in a few minutes. Bread and fruit aromas with some subtle spice notes. Flavor of fruit esters on top of a caramel malt base. A bit of a wine like flavor with the alcohol just barely coming through. Complex flavors well into the finish, although the sweetness gives way to a slightly dry hop finish. Beautifully balanced and complex.