LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
dark brown with ruby highlights in appearance, with thick creamy tan head. aroma of cherry and malt, raisin, and blackberry and blueberry. flavor is kind of astringent with lots of blackberry, blueberry and cherry going on. hints of banana and lemon too... i had my doubts about this but seriously a great beer. hints of black licorice also. damn. smooth and just great. thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Pours very dark, reddish brown with a nice big head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor is sweet, salty and enormously complex. It’s enormous gravity is well hiden, and it is definately a very fine beer. Hamirubi (588) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 33cl bottle at home (20 IX 2014). An aroma which makes me think of caramel, and above all of coffee, nuts and toast. The hops aren’t pronounced; the yeast tastes like leather. Besides that this classic brew has hints of vanilla and liquorice. The appearance is rather brown than red, with a hazy smoothness and yellow brown foam. The taste is obviously heavy sweet, with a touch of mild bitterness. The palate: a heavy body, thin-smooth texture which feels oily, sticky and yet creamy too. An average carbonation, a sharp ending. This is a lovely beer, at blind tastings hinting clearly at trappist/quadrupel.rocbyter (2131) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Previous rating (19 III 2007): Excellent trappist beer. This beer can compete with the best beers of the world. It has a fruity taste and is very mature and dark.
Moderate sweet malty aroma. Black apperance with a large thick tan head. The Last of the beer out of the bottle left a brown circle on the head. Smooth malty taste. Not too sweet tasteing for 11.5% alcohol. Creamy. Light amount of brown sediment. Nice balance. jredmond (8325) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 11.2 oz bottle. Poured a massive dark brown head with a dark brown body. The aroma was of malt and raisins while the taste was filled with raisin, malt, and chocolate. Good beer, could taste the alcohol though.
rane (1068) - Nibe, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. An excellent beer. Dark brown colour with pale brown head medium lasting. Aroma with notes of flowers, dried fruit. Taste complex with notes of dried fruit, plum and raisins. Long lasting and nice aftertaste.
It is certainly very good, but doen´t reach the heights of Westvletern abt. 12 by my opinion. Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Deep color of purple and brown. A natural color of the earth, most definately. Minimal head - this could very well be my fault as I became distracted during the pour and may have just screwed it up. I sniffed an aroma of bitter cherries, alcohol, and toffee. Flavor is full - spice and sweetness dominate at first. It mellows a bit in the mouth and leaves behind a nice taste of acholol and zip. That’s right. Zip. Was having a conversation with the lovely barkeep at dba in New Orleans as I drank this beauty. An excellent source of Belgium’s is she. janubio (877) - SPAIN - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Brown creamy foam with a middle duration. Brown colour, unless you remove in the end to pour the sediment, then it’s very dark.
Earthy liquorous aroma, with coffee, some chocolate, and the usual suspects: plums, raisins...Mouth is delicious and very alcoholic, warm, chocolate, the usual suspects again, brandy... Vinous and velvety, both in aroma and in mouth, but without losing that kind of roughness or unrefined quality usual in many trappist beers. Did I tell it feels vey alcoholic? LadyCooper (100) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
Tan head with a deep molasses colour. Deep plum aroma, with a flavour of malt, raisins, molasses, and brown sugar. Fruity, sweet, complex, big warm kick of alcohol at the end. Holy god, this is amazing. Capa (3322) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Pours a nice brown with a large light tan head. Pretty strong aroma. Spices, malt, yeast, dark fruit, and alcohol. Smells delicious. Mouth is full and fairly creamy with nice carbonation. Flavor is full of spice, sweet malt, molasses, dark and slightly bitter fruit, and some alcohol. FInishes with some dry bitterness and noticeable alcohol. I’ll see this one again.