xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown and is pretty thick. Spicy dark fruits, tangy candy, and some bread in the nose, some alchohol as well. Great flavor in this abt, similar to those in the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, which made for an almost perfect quad. But not quite.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Poured a dark brown with a thick head that lasted throughout the entire beer.
Very nice smell. Full of candied sugar, plum, raisins and spices.
Taste was just as good as it smelled. Sweet, but not to much, with the raisins, and plum spices really soming out. Bit of alcohol too, but it just made it better. Very smooth and creamy.
One of the best beers I’ve ever had.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark ruby, rocky, persistant head. Aroma of dates, caramel, yeast, banana, alcohol, smoke. Good full bodied mouthfeel and sweet boozy finish. Again, good stuff, but without the complexity of the Westy.
adrian910ss (2546) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a very thick creamy beige head. Unfiltered, lots of hops floating around. Smells of tart,plums,prunes,raisins,apricot, cake batter and plenty of rich spices. Taste is slightly carbonated with hints of bitter fruit as described above and hops. Another excellent beer produced by the monks, but slightly inferior to the rochefort trappistes 8 and 10.
ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cola appearence, with slight off white head. The tatse is thick and chewy. I get all kinds of stuff happening : dried fruit, fruit cake, apples, plums, donuts, birthday cake, then straight up malt and ever so slight citrus hops, great beer!
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, nice thick tan head, that lasted till the finish, aroma of belgian style spices, sweetness, fruit & alcohol, smooth tasting, sweet, spicey, citrusy nice hoppy bitterness, and a great body.
blankboy (7072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Pub Italia in Ottawa. Pours a great looking cloudy dark brown with a small fizzy diminishing off-white head. Very nice complex aroma of caramel and chocolate malt, light hops, spices, dried fruit, alcohol and more. The flavour, very much like the aroma, is very tasty, moderately sweet and lightly bitter. I found the palate a tad harsh. This is a fantastic beer that I look forward to having again and again.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin white-tan head. Aroma is of a subtle spiciness with a little of what smells like apple or pit fruit. Taste is complex and warm, but it does not taste like 10%. Nice.
pineypower (2974) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark brown color with a slight reddish glow. The head is perfect with a nice off-white fluffiness. The aroma is nice and fruity with notes of alcohol. The taste is very complex and warming with notes of fruit, alcohol and hops make it an awesome brew!
Lubiere (12363) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red in colour with a thick light moka head. Sweet candy sugar aroma with notes of licorice, orange and alcohol. Rich spiced sweet malt, with notes of citrus, and aniseed. Nice hops in background. Rich and complex in mouth...a wonderful abt!