BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle. Ah, I’ve had this a few times in the past but haven’t gotten around to rating it. I guess I become a little lazy when I know I can get a certain beer quite easily. Anyway, the pour is a dark raw sienna with a lasting light tan head that consists of medium-sized bubbles. The aroma is very pleasing. Dark citrus (such as raisins, dates, and plums) and caramel seem to be pretty dominant. As this brew hits the tongue, your palate is overwhelmed with a burst of flavour. The dark citrus noticed in the aroma is now accompanied by hints of cocoa, a light roastiness, the perfect amount of spices, and some very subtle black tea notes. As the brew passes the tongue, the citrus subdues as the roasty and cocoa notes become more dominant leaving a mildly dry finish. The alcohol flavour adds a little bit of a kick throughout the entire experience and creates a light warming sensation in the chest. The flavours in this beer are so delicate yet defining. It’s a beautiful, complex, delicious beer. Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 A deep dark brown beer. It has a creamy, not to large, beige head, which fades slowly. The smell of caramel, raisins, dark chocolate and some coffee. Als some fruits. The taste of the beer, chocolate and coffee sticks in your mouth. A very, very good beer. The alcohol of 11,3 % isn’t emphatic there. In my opinion one of the best beers. Guinnessman (102) - VACAVILLE, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
WOW!!! Usually strong beers have a bite to them. But this beer was smooth and had a nice mellow flavor to it. Nice color, good head on it, full aroma. I was hooked from the first sip. As I have stated in previous reviews....Belgian’s know how to make great beer! emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Poured into a snifter since it was the closest thing to a trappist glass at the restuarant. As soon as it was poured the color was dark brown with a redish tinit and a thick foamy head which was off white. The aroma is very strong mainly dates, and other dark fruits with a sour funk. As i sipped on it you could really taste the dark fruits. I also enjoyed the creamy frothyness with some hints of rasin and currant. This is a awesome quad and full bodied. FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a respectable tan head. LIgher aroma that I was expecting, consisting mainly of raisins and chocolate. Flavor is stronger (dried fruit and raisins0, with a clear alcohol burn on the finish. Palate is fizzy, and not as creamy as I was expecting. Overall another memorable trappist brew.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is of candied sugars and dark fruits. Taste is of raisins and plums with a medium mouthfeel. Mild alcohol burn. Great beer. lightdark (2) - Indianhopolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2008 does not count
Oooh, what a great way to end a long dumb week of work. Pours a deep light sucking apple cider brown, cloudy with some sediment. A creamy full head bubbles to frothy film with a little smooth lacing.
Nose radiates malt and yeasty fruits with hints of spice. Big bright apple character is grounded with darker fruits and a more subtle breadiness and deeper malt notes. A light pumpkin-like spicy scent is carried on strong whiffs of alcohol. Overall lightly sweet enticing aroma. Even the smell is intoxicating.
Taste is full, but not with intensive depth. Complete, without being too heavy. Bright, slightly bubblegummy sweetness offsets darker fruits of raisin and plum, with nice malt character and a cleanliness about it. Hints of tobacco and richer malt emerge as it warms, adding to a nice depth of flavor. Alcohol definitely makes its presence known with some heat off the back end.
Mouthfeel is lighter/medium in body with a creaminess to it, enhanced by the tight full carbonation. Some alcohol astringency to the feel.
Overall score is in question, as this is a lovable and highly palatable beer, but the buzz, oh the buzz from the 11.3%abv. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and strong in alcoholic. Taste is sweet and strong with alcoholic warmth with spiced flavors and medium in body.
SmokeyMcBro (1) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 5, 2008 does not count
This beer is like a meal, a drunken and delicious meal. I got mine and The Bayou in Salt Lake City. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Texas used to get this beer, but now they don’t, so thanks to shp555 for sending this to me. Pours very dark brown with rusty iodine highlights and a fluffy tan head. Aroma of cherry, plums, leaves, tea, red wine, maple, maybe even some parmesan cheese? A bit more subtle than I remember but maybe my nose was more stuffed. Dry roasty taste, very vinous especially at first, but more flavors appear like tea, the darkest of dark fruits, a slight bit of cherry, and wood. Finishes woody with a bit of sherry, coffee, chocolate truffle dust, and a mild vanilla flavor. Warm nutty and spicy with just a bit of warming heat, and a spicy yeast presence throughout the beer. High carbonation, full bodied and pretty thick but drinkable. A very complex and admirable beer that offers any flavor that comes to mind while you drink it. Not immediate in a "wowing" way, but still unforgettably good.