hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2007
I had this a while ago. It was very sweet and had flavors of raisins and coffee. It tasted like a barley wine with less hops. It was good, but not quite as much as I expected out of the most expensive bottle of beer I ever bought. wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 WOW. Worth the hype. Grocery store mispriced a few so I picked them up for $1.99 a bottle. I’d buy 10 cases at that price! Somewhat malty, aroma is excellent. Alcohol hidden well for 11% - somewhat spicy/sugary, flavors of orange peel, caramel, delicious. Mouthfeel is top notch, this is how every beer should be produced. Now I need to get my hands on a Westy 12... ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Very subdued; no doubt a more experienced drinker will have a field day. For me, the prominent flavor was a very fine and clean flour. Almost zero sweetness, yet not biting or harshly dry; I appreciate how hard this is to accomplish. A very smooth, subtle drink. drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
I poured this into a nice chalice and the dark ruby beer perfectly filled it with the thick foamy head just barely pushing up over the edge of the glass. The aroma was primarily a malty sweetness, with hints of prunes and other dark fruits. The mouthfeel on this is great though. It’s very rich and creamy and just slides down my throat. Most of the taste is malt and a residual sweetness as you might expect. There are also some spicy phenolic notes and the slight bite of alcohol. Overall I like this beer a lot, but I might actually be more partial to the Rochefort 8 because there isn’t as much of a bite to it. keithw (15) - USA - DEC 3, 2007
Excellent Trappist. Black as night, with complex flavors and a strong alcohol presence. One of my favorites and a great winter warmer.
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
Aroma: Fruity, sweet. Sugary. Spicy
Appearance: Dark brown color. Thick filmy head. Floaties.
Flavor: Thick sweet and sugary. Syrup. molasses. spices.
Palate: Full body. very well balanced. smooth drink. armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Strong one...Deep emotions, rich flavour. So, this beer is the best trappist what i’ve ever had( until now, because i’ve tasted a Westvleteren12 (08.04.22.)). Fruity with a full body, roasted malt aftertaste, hidden alcohol. Thank you, monks! jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pours very dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is on the light side with notes of burnt brown sugar, caramel, candied plums, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is also a bit lighter than expected. Very similar to the aroma, but everything seems a bit muted and slightly more alcoholic than the aroma suggests. Palate is medium, lightly bitter, and a little hot. This reminds of Orval, but only becuase it seems quite overrated. Not bad, but just not that great, and a bit over-priced. RSRIZZO (1984) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Had this beer on 4/14/2007. Aroma is a sweet rich malt scent that is more like a Barley Wine than a Belgian Ale. Color is a dark solid brown with light carbonation and nice head. Taste is rich and sweet. Starting out with a full body it goes down smooth with a rich feel. Finish comes on with a sweet malt flavor that has back tones of caramel and a light toasted taste. On the end it comes off clean feel. Overall its a great beer but not the best Belgium Ale I have had. jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours dark brown-caramel. Incredibly thick lasting head, maybe just this bottle. Very smooth and mellow mouthfeel. Creamy. Taste is brown sugar, dark fruits, Belgian candy. Not bitter in the least, and incredibly seductively easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall: smooth, creamy, brown sugary. Simply wonderful and enjoyable. A must have.