petibear (51) - - MAY 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
brown, hazy, mild aroma reminding me of honey and also a bit of coffee, slightly oily palate. one can feel the alcohol in it. what I like the most is that it’s well balanced in taste. a bit of caramel. very pleasant sweetish finish.
really happy that I found it in one touristic shop in BXL.
better than the wv 8
AgentAle (337) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is a very sweet and pleasant fruitiness. Hints of raison, fig, and a variety of dark fruits. Taste is exceptionally smooth for a 10% beer. Full mouth sweet notes that have a very smooth warm alcohol character. Some slight bitterness that perfectly compliments the sweet fruit and malt notes.
gopherfan99 (37) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was able to find this beer when I visited Bruges at the Bierbrasserie Cambrinus. Sweet tasting beer but very nice to drink.
ST247 (107) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @In de vrede. Aroma is alcohol, sweet, sugar. Taste is alcohol but in a balanced not dominant way, chocolate, little bitterness. Aftertaste soft chocolate.
mansquito (3054) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gollem Proeflokaal, Amsterdam... bottle that still had a few years before it was to "expire": Anyway, I got one of those bottles without the overwhelming head that you hear about. Pours a murky opaque body. Aroma is raisins, Belgian yeast of wonderous quality, and even some distinctly flavored hops. Taste is sweet and fruity at first and is then followed by a veritable bitterness. Somewhat fizzy carbonation gives this an interesting mouthfeel. Finally, I would say that this is one of the very few beers with an alco-burn.
liquidbread86 (3) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla, caramel, alcohol, sweet finish. Much better aged. Great by itself or even paired with Trappist cheese.
mikske79 (7) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Is en blijft het beste bier in de wereld. Zacht aroma, perfecte kleur en balans van de smaak. Moeilijk aan te geraken en niet zo goedkoop, maar het is zijn geld volledig waard. Zelfs bij warme temperaturen.
Benderone (7) - FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brune, cuivrée. Mousse blanche abondante et stable. Nez gourmand, complexe et fruité (figues, pruneaux, groseilles), acidulé. L’attaque est profonde, ronde, crémeuse, le palais évoque chocolat noir, raisin, caramel/sucre, prunes. L’alcool est bien présent en finale, la levure est discrète, le tout est très équilibré. Très bon mais certainement pas la meilleure bière du monde !
williamherbert (1198) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yes it’s incredibly hard to get, and yes it is worth every penny. Beautiful cola aroma and flavors. Sugary and wonderful. It’s not perfect, but it’s close.
Rich71 (9) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer, sweet, much alcohol taste but I think rochefort 10 is better and not so expensive and hard to get !
DandyWolfFloyd (560) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally the quest is over! C/O of Jimsal27 ~ again thank you so much Jim! (2013 September - production)
Aroma - the aroma is just as potent and complex as the taste - the aroma is comprised of alcohol, fig, raisins, anise, vanilla, and honey
Appearance - body color is a dark puce; the liquid is almost totally opaque with constant nucleation; the head starts about 1" and beige, it does eventually settle but bubbles continue to set up from the nucleation there also remains a foam on the top of the body. Very impressive looking.
Taste - Wow that is very complex; it’s on the sweet spectrum - flavors include dark fruits - figs, plum, raisins, caramelized sugar, honey, spices to include vanilla and a few more. There is also the alcohol quality
Palate - body is medium; texture is slick; the carbonation is very lively; the finish has a lingering effect of alcohol and caramelized sugar bitterness, the length is long, and quite pleasant.
Is it the best beer I’ve had? Well, it’s pretty damn impressive! I am glad I’ve had it. I’ve had other beers that have had huge hype. It lives up to the hype. I rated it as fair as I could. It’s really good. Will it change your life, no. Are other beers better? I think that’s really up to you, and what your into. I judged it on it’s merits. I meets all the criteria. I will also say, that some beers can meet the rating criteria, but aren’t enjoyable, that isn’t the case here. It measures up and is excessively enjoyable. It is a classic.