flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazy brown with a retentive tan head, good lacing. Sweet, thick aroma. Tastes of sweet Belgian yeast, toasted caramel malts, a bit of butterscotch on the finish. Perfectly carbonated, smooth even at 9.2% ABV.
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A revelation. Best bottled Belgian beer I’ve had, including the Rochefort 10
A - beautiful, slightly cloudy dark amber. Long-lasting tan head.
S - unique but pleasant, with clear note of caramel from malt
M - effervescent; neither light nor heavy
D - superb
T - balanced, complex, somewhat sweet. Clean hoppy/malty finish.
leebotton (257) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a red hue and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with fruity resin and a noticeable hint of booze with a single note of what I can currently only think to describe as ’brown’. The carbonation gives a dry sense which is an interesting juxtaposition with the impression of sweetness provided by the fruity, fairly complex hop profile. It’s big and mouthfilling and it truly is a great beer but it’s reasonably intense and varied nature makes it necessarily a one-off enjoyment.
felip989 (25) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a trappist glass. Brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is chocolate, yeast, raisins, cherries, nuts, caramel, molasses and some wood and alcohol. Taste is yeast, vanilla, caramel, molasses, grapes, raspberry, prunes, chocolate, some light bitterness and alcohol. Finish is spicy and sweet. Full bodied. Tasty beer, good trappist!
kapusil (659) - HUNGARY - JAN 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.33l bottle. Hazy and very dark orange/brown body, huge off-white head. The aroma is quite sweet and it’s pretty complex. It reminds me of caramel, figs, orange peel, nuts and it also has a slight boozy character. Taste of caramel, toast, figs, toast, peach and some cocoa. The alcohol is warming but not harsh at all. It’s not as good as the 10 for me, but still an awesome beer.
lbjor (1) - NORWAY - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark colour. Good carbonation. Very "fresh" feel in the mouth.
A very good(and strong) beer indeed!
cokolwiek11 (22) - - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1st: gushing on opening :(
Aroma: chocolate, red fruits (cherry etc), slightly alcohol. In fact it smells like pralines with cherry.
Apearrance: wine ruby, clear, 2 fingers head disappears immediatly.
Taste: sweet, red fruits, reminds me of red dry wine, notes (just minimal) of chocolate/caramel from malts.
Palate: light body, thin, pretty fizzy.Slightly alcoholic on finish.
Overall: 1st of all, got gushing on opening, so maybe there’s something wrong with this bottle. Beer reminds me light, dry red wine. It’s good but expected way more in taste and aroma from such a famous beer. And it’s just good beer.
HippyHop (298) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somehow I’ve never tried this sacred nectar, and lord have I been missing out. Pour is burnt orange with a massive tan cap that roars like a waterfall as it forms. Fifteen minutes later it still sounds like a glass of Coke. Nose is heavy on ripe fruit: figs, prunes, raisins, cherries, with toffee/caramel, hazelnut, yeast, spice and booze. Taste-wise it’s less sweet than I expected, with bitter/sour notes balancing it out. Finish is dry with lingering alcohol warmth. This stuff is stupid drinkable for a 9.2% abbey beer. Time to buy a bunch more and (try to) cellar them.
ruuurd (53) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, caramel and sweet but very yeasty! This beer is delicious! Heavy yet not too heavy
Florya (379) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
How: Bottle Appearance: hazty brown, white head Aroma: vanilla, chocolate, raisins, plums, Palate: medium to full body, smooth carbonation, long finish
andyhwcinc (1535) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a frigid evening after work. Appearance is a very murky caramel brown with a huge bubbly and frothy off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is huge, very yeasty, notes of cherry, caramel, spice, dark fruit, smells great. Taste is huge and boozy, fig notes, whiskey, spice, raisin, definitely complex with a thick body and carbonation. Great stuff, happy to have had this.