MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
300ml - Thanks Jeffin7 from my first trade - bottled 04/23/05 with 06/06/07 on the cap - #900 - Aroma of raisin, prune and other dark fruits, alcohol, bready yeast and some spice I canít put my finger on. Pours very dark burgundy with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is dark fruits quickly followed by spicy yeast. Damn thatís so flavorful and so smooth. A nice malty finish that lingers forever. Sip and sit as to not waste any of it. Palate is sticky, yet very smooth especially for 10.2%. A very complex and tasty brew that I will need to try again and again to fully appreciate. Worth the hype.
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex...mostly comprised of dark fruit (raisins, prunes, and fig)...and then the burn begins. Aroma was sweet with a hint of alcohol. Visually, this one is like a dingy, murky river...with just a minimal head. The term "foam" would be overly aggressive. Good beer...but doesnít live up to itís #1 status and itís hefty price tag. Buy Rochefort 10 to get your trappist fix and save some cash!!!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve been waiting to try this for a bit of time. Pours dark brown with an off white head. A bit of dark fruit and toast and sourdough on the nose. Deep sweet brown sugar taste, some raisins, and a really impressive yeasty finish. Thick but drinkable mouthfeel. This beer offered a bit of everything but like most beers at this time of the night, suffered from being offered near the end of the night. I must revisit.
undsioux7 (841) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Pours dark brown with small head. Aroma of fruits, caramel, alcohol, Belgian yeast. Beautiful flavor, a little much of the alcohol comes through. Excellent beer.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks OG. Pours dark brown with small head. Aroma of fruits, caramel, alcohol, Belgian yeast. Beautiful flavor, a little too much of the alcohol comes through. Excellent beer.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Been saving this for a special occasion, figured first beer of the year was a good enough reason. Pours a dark mahogony color with a medium sized beige colored head. Aroma is doughy, caramel, raisin, prunes, pepper. Flavor is sweet caramel, more figs, prunes and raisins, alcohol, yeasty. Palate is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, finishes sweet and slightly warming. This is definitely a great beer, though the experience is not worth the price of admission. Again, great beer but does not even make my top 10. Somewhat of a let down.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from tytoanderso. Pours a rather dark brown with almost no head whatsoever. What "head" is there is rather white in color. Smell reminiscent of "jesus juice"...aka wine. The first thing that came to my mind when I smelled this was that I was about to indulge myself in the blood of christ. Other than that, definite hints of raisins, molasses and yeast. The latter more apparent in the taste. A somewhat dry, but very solid flavor with this beer. Easy going down with only a small trace of the alcohol taste. Very pleased. Goes well listening to Judas Priest.
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a hazy murky red beer with a nice creamy head. Foamy lacing on the glass.
Aromaís of raisins, prunes, figs, nutmeg, and pepper. The taste is strong and sweet dried fruits; raisin, figs, and prunes dominate touch of spices like pepper, nutmeg, and clove. Strong rock candy sugar with a kick of alc. in the end. Mouthfeel is fruity and sweet yet creamy mild on the tongue. A touch of alcohol in the aftertaste.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Lumpfest 2008 - one i didnít think iíd have anytime soon. í06 bottle. very dark ruby pour with a nice off white head. very fruity scent with some sweet malts. very great taste of mixed fruits. quite smooth and an even better aftertaste.
mkgrenwel (601) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(First off I must thank IMTheOptimator for this most generous gift. I waited a long time to finally enjoy this bottle) Big bready malty flavor. Has that same fruit/candy quality that I found in the 8, but not in nearly the same intensity. Has this been lost somewhat with age? Cherry and dark fruits like plum and dates are all over the place. Cinnamon is prevalent as well. Alcohol warming is there, but the taste of alcohol is prefectly masked. I like the westy yeast, especially compared to other belgian style strong ale yeasts. It gives a nice floral estery profile. The mixture of sweetness and dry maltiness is strange. I keep thinking of rye bread. The palate has no flaws. Nice carbonation level aiding a dense, but somehow also light mouthfeel. The real strength of this beer, though, is the complexity. It doesnít pop like the 8 does, but does manage to combine bread, fruit, spice and even cocoa, blending them all together into a beautiful boquet.