lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An excellent beer, but not in the same league as Trappist products. I know there are factory breweries which bottle condition beer, why not this one? It would make the beer better from the start, and it would make it much more interesting to lay down for a while.
Habanero (2013) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Beige medium size and medium lasting head. Brown colour. Fruity aroma with some sweet caramel in it. Very tasty flavour: sweet caramel, dried fruit with notes of. Rich palate. Big balanced body and a round finish.
Compareable to Westvleteren and Rochefort 10.
Amator (29) - USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite belgian ales. This is the standard for quadrupels, thick earthy brown ale flavor that gives hints of toffee and caramel. So thick. So nice.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep sediment-rich opaque reddish brown with huge fluffy off-white head. Deep rich aroma of malt, molasses, raisins, dates, nutty yeast and a sprinkle of chocolate. Big massive malt flavor with brown sugar, caramel, raisins, dates, toffee and just a wee bit of roast grain. Rich thick chewy palate. Wow... this is dessert in a bottle. Can’t get your hands on Westvleteren 12? No problem -- this beer makes a suitable stand-in that you can casually sip down while watching everyone else trip over themselves to get the other stuff.
puzzl (3232) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very deep brown with a rich, velvetty smooth aroma with cherry, old wood, fireplace, pepperiness. Taste is enveloping sweetness, musky, maybe a bit milky, caramel, even a little chocolate in spice. Palate is warming with a hint of liveliness, very smooth though not too thick. Very nice, though lacking perhaps a bit of complexity.
rederic (2857) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark hazy reddish-brown hue, with a creamy tan-colored head, bready dough, fruity note, brown sugar, sweet roasted malt aroma follows through on a medium- bodied palate with a fruity note of plums, figs, dates, a chocolatey accent, also mocha, sweet roasted malt, bready dough, leading towards a fruity alcoholic warmth and spicy, malty finish.
piscator34 (1884) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromatic notes of red berries, caramel malt, raisin, and nutmeg. The sweet caramel elements become more eveident in the flavor, along with additional notes of very mild toasted oak, vanilla, plums, and other dark fruit. Not a great deal of alcohol presence. Complex, yet easy drinking. I was expecting to get blown away by this beer, and was a little disappointed that I wasn’t, but this was still a pretty darn good.
jdjuice (307) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very nice purple-brown with small but lasting head. Smells like wine and cheese, kind of strange. Maybe a little too much carbonation, but the flavors are very very nice. Very mellow. Begins with underlying sweetness, raisins and plums, flavors from a semisweet white wine. The finish develops with roastiness and caramel-y sweetness which lasts for a long time. High alcohol is evident on the finish, good for warming up. Very complex and very distinct stages of flavors. Quite amazing.
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
undistinctive, but intense
a firebreather’s beer
like drinking scotch
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very disappointing. This is a typical strong Belgian brown, with nothing making it stand out from the pack. IMO, there are several other browns that are more flavorful. Alcohol content is high, potentially making one pay a price for the mediocre flavor. Fruity flavor???