MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! This is a funny beer to open. When ever the top is removed the brew starts to fload out immediately! Such a big pressure inside. Nevertheless, this brew is really fantastic! The same complexity as in the westvletern 12, but in a more drinkable version. Every flavour-component in this beer is more clear and the aroma is softer and lighter. The yeasty aroma combined with the fruity notes makes it irresistable! I actually prefer this one instead of the Westvleteren 12.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex. It is a little bit like Westvleteren only the alcohol is more obvious. I’ve heard they should use the same recipe as the monks from St. Sixtus Abbey.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red-brownish, medium head. Very similar to pater 6 except that a bit alcohol is shining through. Like the 6 and 8 it has the noble trappist characteristics but is a bit short on complexity. Oddly enough I found this one a wee bit flater than the 6 and 8 and the alcohol is not that well masked. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good beer.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 Appealing, spiced aroma of fresh banana nut bread. Opaque, very deep reddish brown color, with a lasting, creamy head. Flavor has nice bit of malt fruitiness, some plum, raisin and spice, but the palate is surprisingly light and effervescent. Somewhat acidic mouthfeel along with some light, peppery bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Finishes more sweet than dry, though. Quite an interesting balancing act the flavor and palate have undertaken. Interesting and tasty.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle brought to me with care from England. A cloudy ruby brown color
with an off-white head. A strong dark fruit aroma with raisins, banana, malty sweetness. Somewhat bubbly with a carbonated feel. The flavor does not disappoint and echoes the aroma.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a creamy head. Aroma is very similar to the Rochefort 10. Great mouthfeel.Nice flavor with malt and fruit.
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
very exciting nose. perfect head, stays thin the whole beer through. nice flavor, but a disappointing aftertaste. great beer, overall.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Small 330ml bottle, pours a thick cloudy brownish color with a huge frothy and creamy biege lasting head that leaves clingy sheets of lace in my glass, nice malty and sweet yet spicy aroma. Sweet and fruity malty flavors, nice and smooth creamy soft mouthfeel,full body with a lively carbonation, finishes with a pleasant sweet and spicy aftertaste, alcohol very well hidden, I love this one.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Wow. I must be all over the map...probably more likely than this beer being the subtle mix of styles if appears to me. First off, a Brune or a classic trappist a la Westy or Roch? More Brunelike to me, quite Bretty nose, deep malt, some alcohol, fruit like dates or something. The lack of super obvious alch. nose is a plus in my book. Then the taste: some high alcohol, like the Rochefort 10, but more malty (in fact this malt is kind of like the depth [user_ex calls it malt syrup] found in Double Enghien Brune, but without the hops to counteract). Hmmm...I like it, but I can see how others woudn't.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, its obvious this is highly respected, but i just didn’t see it. For me the alcohol showed to much, there was quite a strong malltiness and reasonably smooth, but a little to sweet and unbalanced. Not really elegant.