smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
my 300th rating. drank side by side with st. bernies 12 and special edition. pours deep mahogany with solid light khaki head. aroma is big caramel colored almond with clove, banana, toffee, chocolate, roast, and strange ester. taste is smooth nearly creamy caramel with toffee and nut. there is spice and banana that is well in balance. some sherried flavors and some chocolate. perfect carbonation. extremely smooth.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Numerous bottles over winter/spring 2006, courtesy of Swen Vincke at Larian (thanks so much. I was expecting a bottle or two, not a crate!) Fittingly for my hundreth rate, an exceptional beer that many consider the best in the world. The 12 is a feast for the senses and a beer that you really should track down and try if you possibly can. I still remember the first bottle I ever had (in Lowlander with tashi) vividly. It looks fantastic in the glass, ruby red with a good head. The fruity aroma of molasses, plums and raisins is delightful preparation for the rich, fruity, complex flavour. The alcohol is well concealed and the varied caramel and berry flavours surge to the fore. The mouthfeel is perfect, coating the mouth just so. Truly an awe-inspiring drink that you canít help but wax lyrical about.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
dark ruby brown with a big carmel head. big dark fruit aroma of plum and fig and raison. sweet flavor up front. again big dark fruits come through, especially figs and raison with a nice warming alcohol feel. yeast really made the mouthfeel for me giving it a nice chewy feel. definately lived up to the hype in my book. very enjoyable, complex, and flavorful beer.
bombardier (4) - USA - AUG 2, 2007 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown, cloudy, with large off white head. Balanced fruit (especially raison and plum), malt, and yeast aroma. Complex flavor with brown sugar, fruits, some chocolate, and licorice. Laces the glass beautifully and feels smooth on the palate. I am glad that I waited, as a friend suggested, to get a good deal of beers under my belt to get a true(r) appreciation of this delight.
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 #1000. Consumed in a can with a straw.j/k Bottle best before Feb 8, í09 thanks to Eyedrinkale. I can already sense an assertive aroma just from popping open the cap. A pour into the snifter reveals a dark cloudy burgundy with a tall head. The head is firm and defined with cascades beneath it as I swirl. Lacing is clingy and dense. The aroma is excellent with assertive floral sweetness and spiced notes. I pick up cardamom, earth, baking chocolate, cloves, honey, molasses, pineapple; I just canít dissect it thoroughly enough, yet perfect balance is maintained. This is actually lighter on the palate than I was expecting, though itís still very full bodied and creamy. Iíd say Rochefortís offering is a little more dense. The alcohol comes through, but itís not bad. The finish is drying with dark fruits throughout. A thin sweetness akin to honey balances things out. Each sip is a journey starting with the more acidic notes of plums and spices, fading into a semi-sweet territory like molasses, cherries, white wine, licorice, and lingering on a tangy, zesty flavor before my tongue is left with sensations of earth, honey, figs, and other fruits. This is easily one of my favorite Belgian brews with its sophisticated flavor profile, immaculate balance, and assertive palate. I donít know if it lives up to 100% of its hype or the fact that itís so hard to get (especially since a couple of other delicious quads are a bit more handy), but it is seriously a very damned good beer. Seriously.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Number 200! Thanks Matt for this gem! Celebrated as I moved into my first house! I liked this as much as the Rochefort 10. Poured dark brown with large white head. Aroma of fruit, sweet malt, spice, and maybe some chocolate. Very complex and different with every sniff. Flavors of fruit and sweet malt to start followed by a spice filled finish. Very smooth and complex.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle share with cmr1517. Big thanks man.
Pours a dark caramel color with medium-sized white head. Huge aroma of raisins, plums, cherries, malt, licorice, and some figs. Smooth as hell. Ridiculously complex flavors consisting of some caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a sweet maltiness. Damn good beer and I canít wait to try it again in the future.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
15 months old bottle. Poured a very dark, almost opaque brown with a large & dense off-white head, and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, a complex yeast profile (strong spiciness; cinnamon, vanilla), liqourice, raisins, dark chocolate, also some (welcome) oxidation, plus a slight Noble-hoppiness. Deeply malty taste, excellent balance between spicy dryness and vanilla/butterscotch/dark sugar sweetness. Great complexity. Silky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Pretty nice..
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Wow. Thanks to Dan for the sharing of the bottle first and foremost.
Did a blind tasting next to Bernardus 12.
At first, I could not taste a difference, but after a few tastes the balance and the bright fruitness made this beer stand out so much that there was not even a question as to what beer was which (besides carbonation and color issues, which made it even easier to tell).
There was a very soft head to the beer. A slight nuttiness in the aroma and an estery fruitness that was completely pleasant, if a little understated. The taste was first of bright fruit, then of chocolate, and then, and then and then... this beer is deeply complex, but so simply complex that it is difficult to really get everything with a small sample, or even one beer.
There was a slight, pleasant oxidation of the beer. And the palate lingers in a honeysuckle sweet remembrance that is at once a jubilant thing for the experience of having this beer yet is depressing because I know that it will be a long time before I enjoy this beer again.
The hype, for me, is validated. Is it the best beer in the world, probably not. It is damn close though, if only because it reminds me of the first time that I had expedition stout; a time when my favorite beer was McEwanís Scotch Ale (and I had not even found ratebeer yet), and my first taste of Traquair Jacobite Ale. This beer makes me really appreciate and love beer.
Aroma is maple syrup, full bright fruit, sweet, divine.
Taste is nutty, sweet maple syrup, spicy, alcohol. Something different in every taste. Full, sweet mouthfeel.
Finishes with lingering sweetness, alcohol, and a numbing spiciness.
Iíll keep the rating as it is.
So inconsistent, but such a good beer recipe.
---re-rate--- 9/13/08 bottle: 23.4.11
picking up more grape and creaminess. Lots of nutty spiciness and alcohol too.
Skoy (1) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very hard to find, only a select amount of pubs serve it (which the price shows!) Nice dark color, served at room temperature;