Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2001
Splendid. Though the aroma did nothing for me, almost bileous to my nose; the flavour and complexity is very, very great. Carmal apples come to me, moving into other dried fruit, and finishing with a green apple residual. The head was thin and evaporated quickly over the alchohol. Smooth as silk with little to chew on. Port-y and I love it. Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 23, 2001
The colour is dark brown, very few foam. Aroma of liquorice, caramel with a touch of hazelnut. Very dense and heavy flavour. Very long finish. Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2001
For me this is one of the best beers worldwide. The aroma is really (especially just after opening the bottle) amazing and the full body taste and malty aftertaste are from an exceptional quality. Cheers. trappist12 (199) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2001
One of my favorites. Has many barley wine characteristics. But the 10 goes further. An excellent nigth-cap. Jeronimus99 (35) - Moscow, RUSSIA - SEP 7, 2001
Belgian trappist dark brilliant! Very good!.................................
maltydog (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2001
Rich and smooth. Probably the best of the Strong Dark Trappists. World-class beer. shimo99 (1) - USA - AUG 20, 2001 does not count
Aroma: very alcoholic
Apperance: love the frothy, musty appearance
Flavor: rich, complex, with fruity-coffee taste, alochol is subtle for that amount.
Overall Impression: PERFECT TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 Way too spritzy and thin-bodied for me to enjoy anymore. No depth to speak of and more colalike than anything else. Mediocre. RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2001
.................................................. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 August 2001: Extremely powerful alcohol presence almost destroys this unique brew, but other flavors (chocolate for one), as well as the great root beer/fruity/nutty nose and nice muddy color help save it. Certainly improves as it warms, and as one goes through the bottle -- of course, with an ABV this high, how could it not get better? More like a liqeur or strong bittersweet port than anything else; compare to Sam Adams Triple Bock, I guess. 10/4/8/4/17
What 3 years will do. Had this again as an accompaniment to an extremely fine French bistro dinner in Evanston, IL (mussels, frog legs, rabbit). Bottled. Powerful, deep grapy-caramel nose with prunes and dates appearing like swirls in ice cream. Creamy, luscious mouthfeel, absolute velvet coating the tongue, I could roll it around for hours. Very sweet and luscious, brown sugar and vanilla, with a hint of heavy tarry tobacco to finish. Could be just a mite too bitter at the very end of the flavor, but that's quibbling. Masterpiece.