Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Dark brown with a red gleam. The head is dense, generous and it accompanies you through your journey. Malty and fruity aroma of grape. The taste is complex: an adequate balance of chocolate, roasted caramel, cherries, grapes, spices, yeast (less than Unibroue's standard). A light alcohol (not quite well-hidden, but about what I expect from good belgians of this ABV) bitterness joins you until the end. It's a rich and complex beverage, but while it's probably not overrated, I prefer many other belgian strong ales to this one..
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet nectar of the gods!
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Deep, mirky brown/plum colour. Head has nice lacing and a slight off-white colour. Scent has slight alcohol presence, fruit plum scent is also present. Slight yeasty scent. Taste is malty, yeasty and fruity. Very subdued flavour. Reminds me of Rochefort 10, but with a more pronounced raison/plum flavour. Finish is light and crisp though. Very good. Its like eating christmas pudding in a glass.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2003 SO many amazing complex rich and varied flavours. The smell is of ripe fruit and a subtle grape. The first taste assaults the taste buds with a perfect balance of malt, alcohol and balanced bitterness. This beer pulls of a magnificent uncloying sweet fruit throughout and the finish begs the mouth to taste more.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 Crushing... just a crushingly good malt. Itís a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of the... blah, blah, blah.............. I have my stash located in a tornado/hurricane/earthquake/beer-leaching-buddy-p metal strongbox. Each year, the T.P. is stored to create a past for tomorrow.... and each year the past is savored today. Aaah yes, all things flow into one... and a river (of beer) runs through it.
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, with a medium sized head. Aroma was very fruity, must be the plums. Taste was very similar to plums as well, very fruity, not one I could drink everyday
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark brown with hints of red. The nose is very fruity and estery; mostly apples and pears. The flavor is a shock after the aroma: Pumpernickel and other dark breads in the flavor, and a bit of fruit (pomegranate). WAY overcarbonated and a bit of acetic sour, possibly from the carbonation itself. Finishing bitterness was well done.
ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Possibly my favorite belgian style ale. What really sets this one apart for me, is the relative lack of astringency in comparison with other belgian strongs (there is still some present though). Granted this is not a triple and should not be that prone, but this beer pours on the flavor all the way through. It has a wonderful mix of raisin and plum and is pleasantly sweet. There are even some woody/grape leafy notes and plenty of spice. Texture is smooth and no hint of a grainy feel. Body is full, which is always a plus, as I would hope one would like to taste their beer. For 9abv, it does not overpower you with alcohol (and I dont see any taste resembling bactine). Pours a deep black and has a yellow/off white head on it. Aroma is a light plum wine, with some malty notes and not as much yeasty smell as I expected. Not as much of a strong yeast presence as I would expect, but I dont see that as a bad thing. Flavor thins out a bit towards the finish, and there is a slight astringency that comes out after the sweet fruit notes in the middle that creates a tiny bit of inconsistency in the overall experience, maybe a touch too sweet. Tough to critique this one though. Rerate Probably a 2004 bottle. Corked 750mL. Upon removing the cork (which was very difficult), there was no pop, no nothing. This beer was dead flat. Now, Iím not saying this beer should be at its best, when drunk uncarbonated, but among the best beers Iíve tried, giving them time to sit out does not ruin the flavor, or body. In fact, Iím actually a fan of uncarbonated, or naturally carbonated (resulting in very low levels) beers. This however was revolting. Cheap, sweet, sugary candy. I will reserve judgement (for the most part) until I can get another bottle that is carbonated, and let it sit out and naturally free itself of carbonation. Will see how that tastes.
Draught at Publick House 3/23/06. Same frothy, well-retained head with lacing. Lightly hazy appearance. Dry, but not overly so, in the aroma and flavor with the dark fruit esters, spices, black pepper and clove. Sweetnes as it warms, with candi-sugar residue on the palate and light vanilla. A light amount of roast gives a little oomph. I think my score is about right.
SilentNight (5) - CANADA - JUL 6, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely dark beer...cannot be drunk all the time, alcohol is immediately felt in the aroma and on the palate. Fruity, with notes of plums and a touch of chocolate on the aftertaste. Not a beer for novices, as the mouthfeel is quite astringent. Still, one of my favorite beers for its complexity and strength. I will have to re-rate this once I taste La Terrible.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as good as the Maudite, yet darker with even more malty taste. I will have to re-rate this after doing a side by side tasting of this and Maudite to be sure.