austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 28, 2002
A terrifically complex belgian brew. Enjoy................................. BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - APR 25, 2002
Luxurious and hearty warming brew. Pronounced maltiness is close to chocolaty with a strong dark fruitiness. Smooth and sweet, there is a nice accomodating oakiness that just tempers things down. I preferred the Tripel, my tastebuds are still a little immature when it comes to strong ales, but this one is still nothing short of outstanding. Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
This is a heavy guy. Lots of tastes and flavors, very complex, maybe too complex. I could suggest this one to every one. OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2002
Murky brown meaty red colour with a intermediate lasting beige head. Wierd aroma, swish the glass and you get an immediate puff of wonderful fruit, banana and sultana, that fades to malty/yeast. Smooth senous palate firing up the full range of tastebuds and adding to those in the nasal passages. The flavour starts as slightly sweet moving to a full bodied toasted malt/yeast. The closest I could get to an overall description was marmite or vegemite, but its well balanced with the other bitter sweet flavours all the way to the bitter end. I'm going to have to get myself a few more and try them at different temperatures. I'm calling this one 'Africa', deep, dark and mysterious and worth exploring some more. Bakka (16) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 7, 2002
Fruity, with a sort of medicinal aroma, I cannot say what. Very generous taste.
Ernest (7913) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Bottle (BB Dec 18, 2017).
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (walnuts/pecans, caramel), moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of brown sugar, alcohol, raisin, overripe banana.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy/velvety texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A very easy-going, straightforward quad...pleasant but simple in the nose (walnuts, sugar, and yeast dominate everything else)...drinkable but still too sweet (and somewhat watery, syrupy, and fizzy) in the mouth. Similar to Rochefort 10 in that it’s without flaws but uninspiring and somewhat lacking in depth and finesse; low/mid-3s in quality. I re-sampled fresh bottles of Westy 8 and 12 recently as well and that’s still by far the pick of the Trappist (and similar pseudo-Trappist) brews (not counting Orval, since it’s in an odd class all its own, of course), it’s not even close (Westy is still 4+ as of 2013, IMHO, totally without any bias and quite a bit of skepticism to be honest). TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 I sensed a medicinal aroma, along with alcohol, custard, banana bread, chocolate chip cookies and tropical fruits; pours a sticky, creamy, large and small interwined bubbled foam; purple haziness that reminds me of Aventinus weizen-eisbock; palate detects hard water used in this beer which is similar to the 6 and the 8; lively carbonation hits the mouth; I tasted musty yeast, chocolate, vanilla cake with a wonderful creaminess; initial sip was numbing to my palate; alcohol is very warming; this beer finishes with hints of bananas and a lingering marshmallow creme taste that lasts near a minute. belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2002
Huge head. Nice complex aroma and flavor. A very good, complex BSA........ LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2002
I've only had the St. Sixtus version of this beer, but what a beer!!!! Phenomenol. A strong flavor, and a higher alcohol content that Deüval. Drink two and call me in the morning. billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Color; a mysterious brown. The glass I have it in refracts the light in interesting ways and creates all sorts of different shades of brown. The center is strictly murky (this is good). The head is monstrous and thick with the proverbial Belgian lace sticking all over the glass. The aroma is complex with hints of mustiness, fruitiness and slight tartness. The bubbles that are everywhere in the glass were no indication of what was to come. The palate was very clean and not bubbly like I had anticipated. More high marks for that feature. Flavor: Full bodied doesn't begin to describe the complexity of the flavor. From a sweet/sour combination up front to warm, doughy raisny middle then a bit of alcohol in the finish. This is a great finisher and a top class beer in my book.