BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2004
22oz Bomber Bottled Sept.03 Poured with lots of active carbonation and a large tan head of mostly large bubbles that settled down to a thin layer on top of a beautiful dark cherry red body. Lots of fruit in the aroma. Cherries, plums olong with cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and a bit of Belgian yeast. Lively mouthfeel and very creamy. Very light and airy. Flavor is fantastic. Has a roasty fruity brown sugar malty yeasty flavor that is as original as I can remember a Belgian style to be. This is a top notch brewery that I wish I could appreciate more often. Thanks Andre', I thought I'd never get my hands on this one. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Mmmm, this was good! Tastes of spice, chocolate, figs, brown sugar, hops. ABV was well hidden, this went down almost too smoothly. Thanks to slikwily. Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2004
apricot and fake watermelon aroma, dark brown, very bitter chocolate with tobacco slight candy sugar and a hint of lime iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2004
22 oz bottle [bottled July 2002, sampled March 2004]: Dense, tightly bubbled, tan head. Deeply red brown body that could be mistaken for black without good lighting . . . Full fruity aroma with bananas and cherries dominating, backed up by white grape flesh, doughnuts, light pepper, and some dark chocolate malts. Dark, silky chocolate palate, with a hint of mocha. There is a wonderful thick malty and moist yeasty balance. An intense, lively carbonation delivers an elegant mouth feel. Clove spice and banana’s foster. Wow, an addictive delicacy . . . ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 9% Abv bottle from the second week of January 2003. Pours a mocha brown with some darker browns, light hints of red and orange and everything between. Good beige head that sticks around and is quite fizzy. Aroma is of dry raisins, figs, and slight hints of coffee beans. Light, but good with a hint of hops as well. Flavor begins quite carbonated, yet I don’t see any sediment and it looks quite clear. Flavor has woodiness in it, hints of dark fruit and tons of dry raisin flavor, with a solid offering of belgian yeast. The flavor is good enough to style and reminds me of Rocheforte 10, but as I keep drinking, the flavor remains too dry, too filtered tasting and ultimately, never develops enough complexity/depth of malt. Finish is odd as well, too much bitter hops apparency detracts from the style, and it has a bit of an acidic bite to it. Lots of astringency, and just kind of lifeless feeling, like they’ve filtered all of the good stuff out. Medium body, with some thinning as it warms. Quite disappointed, perhaps the 8.2 version was much better, I think I have a bottle of that aging, and along with my 3 bottles of the 9 abv aging, I’m really hoping this stuff improves. Rerate. Tried another bottle, hoping for an improvement and there was. I actually saw traces of sediment, the flavor was less dry, some esters and malt. This bottle had some life in it, but I’m still not sold. Would like to see a lot less filtration, and a LOT MORE malt/yeast complexity.
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Deep brown with red observed. Punchy and spicy bananas, apples, alcohol, and sweet plums in the aroma. Flavor of black cherries. Very carbonated and strong. Sharp bananas and oak with some chocolate as well. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Lightly phenolic aroma (band-aid), some cola as well. More phenolics in the flavor. Some cloves and bananas, alcohol and a touch of plum. Very sweet. Considerable alcohol burn in the finish. Cooked apples. Too sweet and muddled to be as highly rated as it is. I'm a bit disappointed, as I thought the tripel was world class, and this I find very average. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Very dark red/black with a huge tan head. Aroma and flavor of raisons, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Very warming and acidic with strong carbonation. Too intense for me. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Deep garnet beneath a half-inch layer of tan foam. Fruity, sweet aroma of plum, cherry, alcohol, dark malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, mango and fresh dough. Super malty all around. Smooth, silky body with light, tight carbonation. Malty, fruity aroma with essentially insignificant hops. Incredibly drinkable despite the intense malt. The yeast allows for a little balance, but it doesn't overpower. An enjoyable beer not unlike a good sample of La Terrible, yet uniquely rewarding. Something that could be consumed regularly, if it was distributed in Illinois, that is. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2004
22 oz bottle pours a red black color with a monster tan head and cobweb lace. The aroma is yeasty, banana like, spicy, and malty. The flavor is raisin, banana, chocolate malt, nice yeast, spice, minor hops, peppery, and all around just very Trappist like. The body is nice and creamy, smooth, and moderate carbonation. Overall, fantastic!