Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
I’m tempted to call this brewery overrated, but I think it’s more a case of me just really not digging their house yeast character. This beer had a lot of richness, with honey-soaked fruits of all descriptions dancing in and out of contact with my taste buds. There was also a heavy tobacco note entwined with caramel and wrapped around the main fruity theme. Hops dance in and out with spiciness and herballness keeping the sweet malt from being too weighty. Yet despite all this, I just don’t dig this beer. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown with lots of red, big brown head. Wonderful warming aroma of alcohol, spice and yeast, with a nice dark fruit undertone. Silky soft mouthfeel. Taste is not too strong at first - just a soft bit of spice, and some toffee sweet notes. This gives way to a sharp spice and hop middle and finish, with a good kick of alcohol in the linger. Incredibly velvety smooth. Lots of different flavours depending on where this is in your throat. What a nice beer - a pleasure to drink. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
This one tastes and looks more like a Grand Cru than a tripel. The pour was turbid brownish clay red with a 2-finger khaki head. The aroma was complex, with notes of caramel malt, figs, plums, raisins, peat, cherries. The taste was fruity, with caramel malt, some peaty elements, and some spiciness as it warms. This one remains fruity throughout, and at times assumes a flavor and aroma profile similar to that of Rocheforte, Westy, and St. Berny. The palate is very complex and very velvety. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
Thanks for sharing DrJay! Dark, hazy brown pour with so many floaties, it is unprecidented. Decent head size and retention. Lots of yeast and plum in the armoa, accompanied by sugared malt and some chocolate. Sweet caramel malt, prunes, and chocolate make up the flavour profile. Yeasty, warming finish with a nice bite. Another great beer from ADR. gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Pours reddish brown with a good sized head and lots of sediment. Taste is malty and complex. Very enjoyable.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
bottle. pours a reddish-brown, yeast floaties abound, and a off-white creamy head. the aroma has a significant yeast component along with notes of cheese and various sweet dark fruits. big yeasty and alcoholic body. flavour notes of caramel and bittersweet chocolate leading into a creamy yeast finish. another solid beer from Abbaye des Rocs. Tmoney99 (14368) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Draft at Teller’s in Cincy. Poured a ruby color with a small off-white head that diminished slowly. Moderate fuity port aroma with a small alcohol tone. Medium body. Moderate spicy fruit and port with a medium finish with that same small alcohol bite. Very flavorful brew. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Best before "08. Very dark brown/ruby. Big, dense, off white head is solid enough to be a building foundation. If I were small I would walk across it because I would be able to. Aroma of dark fruits, roasty caramel malt, yeast, bit of must. I love this beer. Flavor is royal malt, regal roastiness, saier(?)-like sweetness, aloof alcohol only shows up for the finish, delectable dark fruits, and yummy yeast. Bewildering brew. Full smooth body. Roasty aftertaste with a touch of alcohol. Outstanding. Have to get some to lay down. IndianaRed (4545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle Pours a hazy redish tan with a huge light brown head. An awful lot of chunkys suspended in mine. I even poured carefully leaving an ounce in the bottle. Plum raison and lime in the aroma. Pineapple too. Flavor is not so much the fruity notes and more of the belgian musty notes. The ABV comes through but not much for %10. I can feel the yeast bits and it puts me off a bit. remember that psudo-soft drink from the mid ’90s called "Orbitz"?
A nice BSA though. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Foamed out of the bottle as soon as it was opened - good thing I had the glass ready! Pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with a lage tan head. Aroma of dark rye bread and various fruits - apple, raisin, and a lot of pineapple. More pineapple in the flavour - strange, as none of the other reviews I’ve read seem to mention it, but it was definately there for me. Also some mild red wine notes, a bit of spice and sugar, and a nice finish that is moderately dry. The alcohol didn’t become noticiable until nearly the bottom of the glass. This was a surprise find and an impulse buy at Premier - glad I grabbed it!