jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Bottled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004. 2003 version.
Brown, thick head. Caramel-like sweetness, complex and very smooth nose with notes of yeast. Pretty full body and extremely smooth. Complex, a bit dry and sweet flavor with notes of yeast and plum. Sweeter and long finish. Extremely good and smooth beer, you wouldn't believe that beer is 8% - alcohol is hidden very well.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super complex nose; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, belgian yeast. Cloudy, medium amber body with a siper smooth, pillow-like head. Lots of different flavors; cinnamon, apples, raisins, vanilla. Fizzy on top of my tongue with a tarts bite on the back/sides. Friggin tasty beer!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby colour with a creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, alcohol and spices. Flavour is malty and bitter.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown almost opaque large frothy head. Nose is leather, wood very little hop aroma. First taste is bitter, not hop bitter but astringent and dry, malts and coffee and a woodsy vanilla taste.
Halfway through the glass sweetness breaks through like a streak of sunlight on a cloudy day. Floral taste emerges like parma violets, sherbet. Beautiful lingering finish.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very complex and fun to drink. However the dryness and bitterness just doesnt do it for me. It is dark with big frothy long lasting frothy head tan in colour. There be lots of sediment too. The nose is faint and weak with yeast and phosphorus. THe taste again is faint yeast, more salty and bitter as it warms. The body is dry and bull bitterness. Overall, pretty darn good because of its complexity. However, just not drinkable.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2004 Re-rate. Wanted to compare to previous experience. I was distracted byt the power of the alcohol. Otherwise, a very good beer. Very dark, muddy color. Had a huge off-white head. Aroma was strong with peach, vanilla and caramel. The flavor had a hops bite that was tempered by vanilla and orange peel with a caramel finish. It gets sweeter as you go through the glass. I was very impressed. Now bring on the Abt 12.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 vintage sampled in 2004: Reddish brown ale, beige lasting head with some laces. Rich, complex flavour with sweetness (malts), dried fruit (and a bit banana?). Warming alcohol. A bit watery palate considering the ABV. Overall an extremely well balanced trappist.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 Another good offering from the monks. A more milder not as potenet smaller brother to the 12. Yet still very very good. Drinkablity and fullness is amazing
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown cola-like body with off-white head. Dry mouthfeel. Fruit (apples), alcohol, and semi sweet malt dominates the flavor.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is as close to the holy grail of beers as I have yet to come, and I was quite excited to get ahold of this (although the price did diminish my excitement a little bit). Had out of the bottle in a tuplip glass. Pours a dark ruby reddish color with a large, thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is obviously belgian with candi sugar, cherries, caramel, nutty notes, dark fruits, peppery and spicey, alcohol notes throughout, a hint of chocolate, slightly bready. Flavor is smooth and malty, sweet, with dark fruits and sweet caramel evident, vanilla notes. Carbonation is a little obvious for me. Palate could be a bit thicker. But overall this is a truly fanstastic brew. I can't wait to try its big brother.