swami (5) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006 does not count
Bottle Dated 11/24/05. Beer poured a very dark, almost opaque brown with a large light brown fluffy head. The head was very full and lasting. A distinct sweetness was evident - notes of chocolate, raisins and candied fruit - cherries? Vinousness notes in the aroma come through during the first sips. The upfront sweetness and notes of candied fruit quickly move to a moderate bitter/alcohol finish. I’d like the finish to be more smooth and it may soften with age. This beer is complex and drinkable. Pull a chair up to the fire and enjoy. themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Not as impressive as it is played out to be. Maybe I have a poor batch... carbonation increases and foams in mouth. Aroma is pleasant but palate is awkwardly indistinguishable. I will have to try again. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Pours darker brown (than the 8) with some sediment. The head is just as big, but thinner and dissipates quickly. Nose is heavier in the malt, with toffee and alcohol prominent. Lighter mouthfeel than the 8. Malts, dates, and currants dominate the taste. Kind of a light cognac finish that comes out as the beer warms, unfortunately so does the alcohol. Both are great, but I like the 8 better. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Cloudy brown color whith full light brown head. Aroma and taste of malt. A complex taste just like the 8, but the 8 is alot better. Strong alcohol taste which was not there on the 8. thomat (3863) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2006
Very dark redish brown color with a thick tan head. Lots of malt and fruit notes. Full bodied with a malty,sweet finish.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Pours a murky dark amber, with a large amount of sediment. Small creamy head with medium to high carbonation. Aroma contains hints of chocolate and a mild spicy fruitiness. The flavor is very similiar and also contains other flavors such as vanilla and tofee. I was amazed at the alcohol level, because the beer goes done so smooth. I am not surprised this is one of the best beers in the world. ThomasMik (47) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 One of the best belgian trappist beers. Brown colored with a old fashioned look. A round and soft taste with a long lasting finish. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottled. Pours a cloudy dark amber with particles at the bottom and a big, lacy, creamy head on top. Aroma of raisins, toffee and alcohol. Creamy medium body with fine carbonation. The flavor start sweet with fruit, vanilla and toffee. Warm and spicy dry finish. The alcohol doesn’t seem well hidden to me, despite various posts to the opposite - maybe because I’m sampling a relatively young bottle? Wifely comments: This is *terrible* beer. Bad, bad, bad beer. (Prolonged grimace.) elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
bottle. very dark brown color. medium carpy head. strong aroma of sweet dark fruits. some chokolate in aroma also. again in taste dark fruits sweetness and chokolate. some toffee also. spicy and very complex. great beer. missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2006
A great example of a stong Belgian ale. Very smooth (for such a high ABV) with a wonderful aroma of malt and figs with just a hint of some sharper oak. The flavor is predominately malt sweetness with a caramel back note. A great beer but expensive and to sweet for me to drink regularly.