TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Small tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit and alcohol. Body is a bit lighter than expected. Vineous sweet malt flavor. Alcohol evident in the flavor. Very nice, and certainly an effective winter warmer after shoveling the snow, but does not quite hit the high marks that other raters have given it.
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nr. 100!! Yes! Darkish color, nice big white bobble head. Hoppy/sweet aroma. Flavor, powerfull sweet/smokey/alcohol start, the extreme tasty start melting in your mouth, and turn into a sweet smokey toffee finish! NICE!!!!
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Very dark and muddy brown color with a thick and fluffy white head. Very thick and complex aroma of sweet malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is extremely fruity and sweet. Mainly dark fruits like cherries or plums with a nice, sweet malt body and a sweet and warming alcohol finish. Very smooth and creamy.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 23-11-10 bottle. Aroma is perfect blend of all kinds of dark fruit, raisin, plum, faint banana, candied fruit sweetness in the background. Flavor on par with aroma. Tons of dark fruit. Plums, fig, raisin, candied fruits, faintest hint of alcohol. While highly carbonated, still has a soft/billowy mouthfeel. Notes from tap at Barley Johns, huge fruit, banana, prune, raisins. 9/5/8/5/18.
jonas (5698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Marzipan and nut nose.
Vineous almost grappa-like notes, some sugar, ok complexity.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Draught: Pours a deep dark mahogany color, with a creamy beige head. Very fruity aroma apples and pears, and same with the taste apples, pears, and dark fruits, belgian sugars and can’t even taste the alcohol, damn good quad.
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Redolent of candi sugar and caramel malts. A smooth blend of smells that I still can’t separate into its components. All I know is that it’s very heady with alcohol and I will want another.
bluevegie (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy brown body with a soft medium-size, light brown head. Smooth taste of rich fruit, malts, cocoa. Aroma of raisins and alcohol also a sort of burnt rubber/grain. I was really pleased with this beer it was medium bodied, well balanced, smooth and the alcohol was warming. I knocked this down very quickly so it must have been very much to my liking.
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 poured just like muddy water into my rochefort glass.gave off little head that stuck around until the last drop.the smell gave off sents of rasins,bubblegum,candy and a little earth.the flavor was an outstanding balance of all the flavors from the aroma,along with malts,belgian yeast,and fruits.this is awsome!!!
re-rate:im am becomming a huge st. b. fan.this time around i noticed when the head evaporated a huge web was left behind.its very smooth,very complex,and wonderful!
re-rate number 2:you really cant get a better looking brew than this.looks stunning right when a 330ml bottle is poured into a trappist glass.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Pours a very dark brown/red color body with a bit of yeast resting on the bottom and a cliingy, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is bread, raisins, walnuts, prunes, plums, oranges, cinnamin, and light carmel. Taste is a refined blend of bananas, apples, walnuts, vanilla extract, raisins, and blackberries. Oh Yeah...that’s good.