HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle shared between my wife and I. Pours a dark, amber color. Medium white head. Nose of bananas, brown sugar and yeast. Flavor is phenomenal and very complex - spice, raisins and slight hops. Yeast is not very prevalent; this beer is more bitter than sweet. Alcohol is nicely hidden behind the flavor and what seems to be a bit of carbonation. My first trappist, and I must say that I’m impressed. bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Pours a murky brown with a small head. Aroma is fruit, caramel and mouthwatering. I could smell it all day long. Flavor is complex and consits of fruitiness, sweet malt and a present but not overbearing alcohol flavor. The finish is the taste equivalent of the aroma. This is an excellent brew and should not be missed hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Bottle. Deep brown color, particules and nice brown head. Aroma is incredible: dark fruits, caramel, nuts, very fruity. Taste of dark fruits, alcohol, grapefruits all melted together with a caramel aftertaste. Very nice.
Bière de couleur brune opaque avec des particules dans sa robe et un bon collet brun qui perdure. Odeur incroyable, je pouvais la sentir pendant que je la versais: baie sauvages, caramel, noix et ..., pas mal fruité. Goût de fruits (baie sauvage, mures), alcool, pamplemousse avec un arrière goût de caramel, toutes ces saveurs s’harmonise bien ensemble et elle est moelleuse et onctueuse toute a la fois. Bonne bière ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Dark brown, almost opaque black with small but lasting tan head.
Spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and ginger. Plum and raisin notes in background.
Complex, dense flavor with notes of cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, toasted malt, raisin and plum. Red wine-like esters became apparent as temperature increased. Warm finish with lingering bitterness from alcohol, phenolic (spicy) notes and hops.
Effervescent, creamy mouthfeel from ample carbonation gave a ligher mouthfeel to the medium-full body.
Excellent beer. peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Body is a deep cola brown, with a broken head. Nose is stong on bubblegum, chocolate and alcohol make an appearence. More subtle nots include earthy mushrooms. The mouth is quite sharp and warm. Flavour is roast with some spice notes (unidentified) and chocolates. The 10 is very hot on the palate, and lacks the depth and character of the 8.
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a slightly foamy head. A complex aroma that at first made me think of sweet apples. After many re-whiffs I’m sure it’s not apple but it is fruit. A flavor that is just as complex, it is a sweet and a tad yeasty. It just had a bit of foamy body that kept me from rating it higher. I bought this beer 3 months ago and decided to save it for #100 and am glad I did. I can appreciate it more now than I could have then. reebtogi (6378) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
I found this beer to be quite pleasant to drink. This beer very smooth yet fully flavoured for a Belgian ale of this alc content. aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Thick, dark brown beer. Had a decent head and was full bodied/flavored. I am a big fan of the trappists, and this beer was no exception. I recommend this one along with Chimay Blue. Both are perfect examples of what beer should be. jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 re-rate 11.2 oz bottle: Deep aroma of licorice, plums, alcohol, and yeast. poured a deep brown with a beautiful whitish tan head. The flavor matched the aroma and more. very complex plums, rasins, carmel malt, and who knows what else, a lot of flavors more complex than anything that I have tasted yet. excellent mouth feel coats the mouth and has fine bubbles. Very good a must try, and its even better the second time around. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Deep brown/russet in color. Nose is of dried fruit, yeast and alcohol. This was not as complex a flavor as I’d anticipated. Burnt chocolate, banana, and over-the-top alcohol are the best ways to describe this to me. Finish is pleasant, but once again a little gasolinish. Just a little too overdone.