pineypower (2686) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2013 Well, it lives up to the hype. I have a bottle of 12 waiting so I can’t give this a perfect score yet, but it is pretty close. The aroma is nothing short of amazing, extremely complex with notes of fruits, spice and mild hops. It pours out a dark brown color with a small fizzy head. The taste is also nothing short of amazing. Fruit malts, spice and slight hop all come together to form an all out assault on your taste buds, but in a good way.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This is one of the best beers ever. It has a great pour which is dark and similar to red wine in appearance. The aroma is very sweet with grape, plum, wine, and malts all in one. Quite similar to the St. Bernard 12. The taste has added to it apple, grape and caramel. I need to try the twelve before I give this a 5. The aroma in the 12 is much better, but this is still great. This is really good stuff and I’m glad I got to try an aged version. I would personally call this a Dubbel. I am used to strong ales having more of a wine taste in them.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Thanks to pivodevo (Randy) for this gem of a brew.
It pours a medium-brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma is caramel with mild hopping, fruity and spicy. The flavor is chocolatey, full of the caramel, spiced up and lightly hoppy. Very soft, friendly mouthfeel. It finishes on a clean malty note with a touch of the hops. This is one decent beer.
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IndianaRed (2764) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottlePoured a a deep amber brown with a lively fizzy head that only lasted a minute. no real lacing at all. Aroma is the classic Belgian but with some dark fruit and sour/tart slant. A bit like a flemish sour ale. Flavors are not so sweet. Malty, with some of that belgian spice Musty, woody and fairly dry. Lively carbonation. Clean malty finish.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
definately malty, poured with a small head.. sweet malty aroma. Very smooth and mellow. Well balanced, not terribly hoppy. It was very good and drinkable.. but didnt have any amazingly outstanding characteristics. I expected more. I will have to taste again.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 330 ml. Beer bottle brown. Large tan rocky head. Cherry aroma with light floral background Full mouth feel with good carbonation. A yeasty taste in the middle. Nice bitter ending with some alcohol bite. Multiple tastings. Better balanced than Rochefort 10. I like this better each time I have it.
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark brown with a big sticky lasting head, light tan. light notes of malt, yeast, some darkish-smelling esters. alcohol is present in the aroma and flavor. very sweet molasses-like finish, leaves some alcoholic tingle on the tongue. very good, but i think perhaps overrated.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a huge long lasting head. Fruity, yeasty and malt aromas. Alcohol is apparent in nose. Taste is malt, yeast and fruit cake. I was really anxious to pop this thing open but was disappointed overall. Good but I’ve certainly had better
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff pours dark brown with an average head. Nutty aroma. Taste is fruity (plums/raisons) and very nutty. Hints of spices throughout. Sweet malty goodness. Damn good. I need the 12 now.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark red/brown color. Thin whisp of head that never really went away. Intresting aromas of fruit, yeast, and candy. Classic trappist mouthfeel of very tight carbonation and slightly thin body. Awesome flavors of sweet crystal malt, dark fruit, cookie dough, and yeast. Excellent balance. The finish just goes on and on. Lived up to the hype, even at the price of $16 a bottle at local hip beer spot La Cave du Vin.