madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#100 for me. Pours into my St. Bernardus trappist glass brown with a medium, fluffy tan head that eventually becomes thin, but lasts. Good lacing. Slightly dark fruit aroma, some yeast, caramel and marshmellows. Flavor of fruit, apples, plums, more caramel. Lots going on, but it is well balanced. Full bodied, very carbonated. Finishes with a toasted marshmellow taste. A little woodsy and dry at the end and the alcohol comes through. Good choice for #100.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Earthy, phenolic aroma. Clear red brown with huge tan head. Flavor is sweet and rich, malty with more caramel than "dried fruits". Gets a bit port like as you get further down the glass. The alcohol is evident. Hard to drink because the excessive carbonation. Ends with good bitterness and a warming feeling from the alcohol.
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at the Begian Room, NYC. This is a rich, flavorful beer. It pours a deep red color with a nice lingering head. Tastes of heavy malts and deep caramelized fruits and spices. This is good on tap and even better when a little aged.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown red with good head. Aroma is malty, spicy, with dark fruits. Flavor is of dark fruits and a little chocolate, along with some caramel and cherries. Complex enough it might take a couple of tastings to get everything. Damn good beer.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 This beer pours a very dark red or purple that is nearly opaque. The head is offwhite and fine, dissipating slowly. The nose strongly consists of plumbs and blackberries and a surprisingly light hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is entirely smooth and the carbonation serves to lighten the thickness overall. The malts are lightly grainy, but the plumb hints and light chocolate presence rule the palate. The alcohol is relatively hidden. The finish is lightly dry, but not particularly impressionistic.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 on tap at the Moan and Dove. damn, i really enjoy drinking this beer. the glass is so nice too. lots of chocolate, fruits and yeasty goodness in every wiff and taste of this wonderful brew. very rich, yet very easy to drink and the alcohol content is well hidden. delish!
Brigadier (3295) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich foamy head that thinned out over a burgandy colored, opaque body. The aroma was so complex it took several sniffs to pick up everything - chocolate, toffee, cherries and raisins. Every sip added to complex tapestry of flavors. There was dark chocolate, cherries, toffee, raisins and fruits. Rich and chewy, this is the best that I have had to date. If the Westvleteren 12 is anything like this, then I can’t wait to finally have one. In the meantime, I’ll be drinking this to get my Belgian fix.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loads of foam from the pour, even carefully it foams up quickly releasing the yeasty doughy aromas. Muddled brown in color is the only drawback. Ripe fruit, notes of banana. Finishes smooth with slight alcohol kick.
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rocky head with a dark brown cloudy colour: much dark than expected. Flavour is spicy with plum. Aroma is earthy and also of nutmeg or coriander (like the Prior 8). Smooth creamy texture, with average to lively carbonation. It is a toss up as to whether this or Prior 8 is better.
hatchy (32) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
cloudy dark brown with a very sweet, fruity aroma. sweet, malty with a hint of brown sugar, but complex with a slightly bitter aftertaste. really amazing.