hezron (612) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Re-rate: The raisin notes are very fresh, pretty amazing. Sweet and interesting incredible. Iím raising my rating in a non-smoky environment.
Bottle at the Map room. Vinous aroma, light raisins, some dried figs or something...overall not too strong aroma. There was someone smoking two tables over and it was distracting me. Argh! Dark brown, ruby light showing through the edges and a thin white head that lasts. Chocolate, grapes and some roasty caramel. The fruity, vinous flavor grows as you drink. Not as complex as some, but very good. Lighter body for such a dark, big beer. Dry finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky mud brown in color with orange highlights when put to light. Fizzy tan center for the head with some icy offskirts. Admirable aroma consisting of brown sugar, prunes, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate, anise, whole wheat bread and banana peel scrapings. Rich and bright flavor. Chocolate flakes, sweet rolls, plums and other assorted dark skinned fruits. Several earthly interjections partake in the Trappist display, honing in on cigar wrappers and walnut shells. Dark candi sugar is clearly at work, joined by a presence of crystalline brown sugar and blackstrap. Tingly effervescence, medium-bodied and thickening as the fizz dies down. Finishes like English pipe tobacco. Easily enjoyable.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a big head. Aroma is sweet, candy, molasses, rasines, prunes and other dark fruits. Taste is fruity, sweet, candy sugar, prunes, dark fruits. Full mouthfeel, and a medium sweet fruity aftertaste. This is a good beer.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Thanks to blankboy for sharing his www.belgianshop.com order with me!. Wanted to celebrate the long weekend with something special, I think this one qualifies. Enjoyed in my Westvleteren goblet. Poured a lively, deep ruby-brown with a nice, tight, lasting light tan head. Aroma is of spices (cinnamon, cloves, pepper, anise), sweet dark malt, ripe apples, a bit of tart cider, other dark ripe fruits (raisins, plums, prunes, blackberry), even hints of chocolate, caramel and light-bodied red wine. Quite a medley. Taste is all of the above, but ALIVE - roiling around my palate, with yeast, some alcohol sharpness - much more going on than I can encapsulate. Wonderful, but light. Starts fruity-lively sweet, finishes slightly more bitter. Mouthfeel is lively and a bit slick. I havenít rated the Westy 12, but Iíve had it - this is a less complex beer, but Iím dying to pop my one (and only!) ABT 12 to compare. If you like belgians and abbeys, you owe it to yourself to try this one!
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hey Mr. Flemdawg,
This is an 8% REAL Trappist ale, not Bud ! "Born on dates" need not apply- this ale will mature nicely for 2 or 3 years! Try again next time. This is a truly beautiful cloister ale, full of fruity,phenolic malty aromas with a deceiving drinkability in spite of the alcohol. Beautiful !!
Belgian Brews Rule
flemdawg (554) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Could no determine the Best Before date on the cap, but this one had no lable. Dark dark brown, and a fluffy tan head. Raisiny malts, with plums, carmel, dark fruits which I could not really pick out in the aroma. Sweet dark fruits, raisins and plums, carmel, molasses and a bit of earthy/woody/appley notes as the flavors popped with warming. Smooth all the way down. This went very nicely as I was grilling steaks on the honeymoon.
vanvenlo (1582) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11 June 2005 - Big ripe stone fruit and hop, with some light spirit aroma. Cloudy medium dark brown colour, with good head and lacing. great stone cherry like fruit flavour, big spice and mainly pepper. Fantastic balance of malt-fruit-hops. How can this be made with such lightness yet fullsome of flavour.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle for rating #1300: Muddy brown, large light beige frothy head, settles somewhat quickly, fairly nice lacing. † Strong bready aroma, semi-sweet, malty, fairly assertive with the raisins, very subtle dark pitted fruit. † Moreso dark fruit skin with a touch of alcohol. † Bready on the tongue, fairly sweet, smooth yet slightly spritzy, raisin and prune emerge on the backside. † Very slight alcohol as well. † Moderate to full body and mouthfeel. † Finish is a little hot, remains bready and malty. † Quite good, but perhaps a bit too subtle. † I might be a masochist, but I like stuff thats insanely aggressive. † Many thanks to John (jjpm74) for trading me this one!
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whoever secret santa in july was for this beer.
a dark color w/ hughes of red and a tall frothy white head that laces well w/ a bunch of tiny bubbled carbonation visible up the glass. Large sweet carmel malt w/ lots of raisens a very light spice and some plum smells very good. Palate is solid and creamy lightly carbonated a bit warm. Flavor is a bit light after the aroma definate spices hints of raisens and weak plums a bit of carmel malt and a tiny tiny hop finish. Very good but could be better.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hey when I hear there is this crucial shortage and I see a bottle on the shelf for $10 I figure it is time to rate it. malty, rasinyesque aroma. Brown with a pjnky thick head after it compresses down. Spice, fruits, malt caramel and even a touch of cinamon. Yet this just isnít quite big enough flavor wise.