ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lot of people has already praised this beer for its many qualities. However I find it a bit too sweet. But nonethless still an excellent strong ale.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on bottle) I should wait ´till I could be no. 500 to rate this, but that´ll tag me as a numberingwhore, for sure. So, best beer on RB? Not a very big nose, but what is has, powermalt and balsamics, could make a dead man walking again. A lot of carbonation, witch actually ruined the first sips. And I DID let it sit in the celler for three weeks before opening. The taste is a piece of heaven, I bet God has one of these everyday, but not for it´s taste as such, more the uniqe balance in the brew. Chestnuts, butterscotch, sherry and wet wood lingers for a looong time in the finish. had the big setup with wife, fireplace, Stilton and grapes and it was worth it all.
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hard too get, you’ve to travel to the abbey in Belgium, or to the next door tavern(where thet sell bottles aswell).
This clear darkred/brouwn beer, has a complex palate of aroma’s, sweet dried fruits, roasted malts, nice Belgian hopps which are more perfumy. Very long after taste. This beer will keep for years aswell.
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A real shame. I got the bottle for nothing and got to drink it all by myself. Thanks St. Ralph. Pours clear deep red with a tight tan head. Everything about this beer was mellow. It made it very hard to decern the qualities. All the flavours had melded into one. Aroma was plum and raisin with a bit of carmel. Thick mouthfeel. Hard to locate any alcohol in the flavours but by the end of the bottle were apparent. Toffee and buttery malts. Yeast and raisin. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Some cherry and raspberry tart. Really wonderful.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Interesting nose of caramel, plum, vegtables, molasses, dates, coco, and cherry. Murky brown body with a fine lasting creamy head. Big smooth mouthfeel, sweet gooey malt, cherry , coco, celery, herbs, spice, and a bit of alcohol, and musk. Finishes long with coco, vegital herblness, nobel hops, and alcohol, and green pepper corn.
imdownthepub (11962) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Conditioned at The Kulminator, Antwerpen. Dark black with big tan head. After years of looking, caught up with this in this marvellous little boozer. Both have loads of character, are dark and interesting, smokey and fruity with a hint of licorice root. I was totally impressed with both, but even then I didn’t score a 5, which means the search continues.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 I finally got around to drinking the bottle that I dragged across the world with me some 18 months ago. It was worth the wait. What a rich and beautifully balanced beer, raisiny hints of madeira, the texture of a fine aged port, bubbles from an ancient champagne. Complexity and simplicity in one glass. I hate to say it but I agree with every one else, this is fine beer!
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma: raisins, plums, dark & light malts, candy sugar, wine, toffee, berries, cherries, pears. Taste: very sweet, lots of malts in here, tons of yeast flavors, some bitterness - this is the epitome of balance. Caramel, candy sugar, roasted malts, plum, raisin, toffee, wine grapes, port, cereal grains, and grapes round out the flavors. Finishes quite dry, with a sweet, pleasing coating around your mouth. Wow. There is much complexity to this beer.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I now can see why this is considered world class. Wonderfullly balanced malts, caramel, and berries. The alcohol is mostly masked by the complex body. Just terrific!
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours bronzy brownish with light tannish head. Nose is very malty, plummy and toffeish. Rich caramel notes. Flavors are sweet and complex. Warming. Subtle alcohol finish. Beautiful beer!