fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is my second time having this beer and it was just as I remembered so delicious so smooth. This quad pours a dark ruby brown and leaves a thin tan lace that sticks to the glass and stays with the brew. The aromas is fruity esters, alcohal soaked dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, very complex and literally makes you salivate. The taste is so complex, it starts dry and tangy with a slight vinos presence but more actually to rum or brandy. It then sweetens on your palate with a carmal malt feeling that then again brings you to more of a dark plum feel on the palate. Fantastic brew I would pair this beer with a fresh fruit plate to compliment the fruit in the beer.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 Bottle, 33cl. Dark amber pour with a small head. Slight fruity aroma. Keeps getting better and better after each one.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Aug 09). Rich soft and creamy with bready malts and some fruit. Fairly noticeable alcohol. Good but seems to lack depth plus seems stronger than it should be.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber in colour with big thick creamy head. Ok so its Belgian, but is typical of style, not really outstanding to make this different.
LesStewart (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was expecting a lot with this beer and it came through! Very complex to the palate, sorta bready in texture... utterly a pleasure to drink.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep reddish brown body with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma reminded me of a good red wine. Flavor has wine, vanilla, fruits raisin, prune, peach. Hides the alcohol well. Complex, sweet yet subtle. Palate is smooth with a hint of carbonation. Very nice beer.
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 2006 rating: Dark ruby-brown with a big and lively off-white head. My initial impression of the aroma is champagne. That’s the closest I can come to describe that combination of earth, alcohol and fruit. The flavour is quite sweet, with a dry note of wood and licorice.
BB July 2010, bought 2006. Seems like the character has shifted to darker fruits and some walnuts. Flavour is much the same though.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Near and dear to my heart. One of my first favorite Belgians. It’s hard to rate b/c every time I have one it’s a different experience. The head, the body, everything is perfect. The aroma is seductive and the flavors all are tempted to change on short notice. Seamless, the flavors shift from plums and brittle sugar, to vanilla and smoky soil. The finish is impeccably crisp with a subtle hoppiness that chimes in right on que. Ages well too.
IF you see this guy it is worth your time.
I never give pefect ratings across the board but this one will have it. I think this beer puts most Trappist to shame.
shrubber85 (9462) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Plum, malt and alcohol aroma. Opaque brown with moderate head. Sweet peach and raisin flavor up front - light astringent and alcohol tastes. Very well blended - not quite like a Westie but still a pretty good beer.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25.4oz bottle: Pours a huge off-white head, good lacing. Brown-reddish in color. Sweet hoppy aroma, perfume, coffee? Light taste, hops, perfume, raisin, coffee, bitter aftertaste.