iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 2001 Vintage: Dark murky brown, with excellent (!) head retention, good lacing and fair carbonation. The aroma is somewhat tart with rum-soaked cherries, other dark fruit, sugars, some soy sauce, very fruity and vineous. Taste is well-rounded, strong notes of port, madeira, dark fruit, roses, brown sugar, vanilla, slight oxidation and a short, sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Ages well, and developes into something that’s quite different from what it once was.
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from LCBO. Poured a dark liquid with the largest head I have seen in any beer. Served at a slight chill above room temperature. The smell was immediately rosy and very pleasant. The flavour was incredible. I am amazed by how great this beer is! Palate was very defined with a very refined sweetness. I was hit by flavours of what seemed like really amazing grapes, plums and prunes. Without a single ounce of hesitation, definitely on my top beer list.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong indeed. There was a lot going on with the flavors of this beer. There was a lot of sweet and the hops added depth, complimenting the sweetness and making it all three dimensional. I would not recommend having food with this beer, it may be too much.
rederic (3293) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown hue, with a frothy beige head, yeasty, toasted malt nose, with dark dried fruits accent of plums, raisins, dates, but when the beer gets warmer a passion fruity note came out, with a spicy flowery lavender accent, brown sugar and a hint od spiciness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp sweet toasted, caramelized malt character, with a spicy accent, fruity notes of prunes,dates and raisins, with brown sugar, leading towards a sweet fruity, malty, and warmth alcoholic finish.
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small bottle. Pours a deep brown with a nice tan head. Dark fruit flavors and aromas are present from first sniff/sip. I need to revisit this without interrupting with food, but I was pleasantly surprised.
jonno (2619) - JAPAN - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Very enjoyable, particularly as it warms up, subtle spices and well hidden alcohol. Easily available which is great for such a special beer.
emacgee (4652) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep hazy brown. The aroma was sweet with hints of ripe fruit (grapes/raisins), alcohol, and maybe caramel. The head was medium thick and brown. The flavor was sweet and tasted of ripe fruit with alcohol showing through. The palate was very full and well carbonated. The finish was warm from alcohol. Overall not as impressed with this as I thought I would be. Then again I have yet to be blown away by a Trappist.
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very malty flavour with a strong finish. Hangs around on the palate with a hint of fruitiness and a huge amount of dark ale flavour. Besy to have just one or two though as the nine percent makes it interesting.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Haven’t had a bottle of this since I joined RateBeer, so I thought I would revisit it. 750 ml bottle. Deep ruby tinged amber presents a fizzy, loosely structured off white head that settles quickly leaving little lace. LIght fruity aroma with some notes of yeast and spice. Medium body with lively carbonation and a soft creamy texture. Moderately sweet, with balnce provided by some peppery hop bitterness.
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Pours dark amber with a thin white creamy head. Aroma is yeast and fruits. Very good texture. Flavor is malty and fruity. Complex. Peppery yeastness in the end.