rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours dark and deep with a modest head. Rich complex aroma, with well balanced true Belgian flavor. A fantastic beer. bchlala (42) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
I tasted this beer before I got my account with ratebeer, so I can’t really remember all the flavors, but it was really good. BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Yeah!... you could survive on the aroma, and it’s so subtle and classic. Maybe not as exciting as Orval and not anywhere near the great Gueuzes and Sours, but so Belgian. Like sticking your nose into the mouth of a pit where nothing but naughty but enjoyable things can be had, dark and sweet. Taste stays close to the nose. Does a decent job hiding the alcohol, but that creeps in after the initial mouthful. Finishes good but not great and I still like the 8 more than this. 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 (2811) - 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 (761) - 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.