pastemaker (9) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
Deserving of the hype. A dark, frothy and perfectly balanced beer that goes down smooth. dutch23mp (320) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
the best of the best. Was lucky enough to have tried this twice.The finish is even better then the start. Hope it is not the last time. tafkap99 (7) - Aalst, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2008 does not count
bottled 08/01/2008. Young and flavoured. Dark brown. Creamy. The yeast is omnipresent (due to the age). But a nice and smooth taste in the mouth. Will be better a little bit older. A great Trappist beer! Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2008
0.33 l bottle (bottled 2006). Ruby color with creamy tan head. Perfumed, candyish, vinous and berryish aroma with notes of orange, rose and warming alcohol. Rich sweet malty flavor with toffee, warming alcohol, chocolate and pepper. Few years ago I had fresher bottle of this and it was remarkably different, more dark fruits and chocolate, I think it was better. northernbrews (50) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Had a mini quad tasting in April 07. Had this one after the Abt 12.
Received this bottle from rayjay (beeradvocate name) via trade. Thanks Jason
Appearance: Pours a nice and clear brown color with a 1.5 finger tan head. Slightly red around the edges. There is a little bit of lacing on my snifter. This looks very similar to the Abt12.
Aroma: Starts with some dark fruits, nice malts and a slight alcohol burn. This is followed by dark fruits, figs, roasted malts, and slight cherry. The aroma is more pronounced as it warms. Very nice. Lets see how it tastes.
Flavor: The tastes are similar to the aroma, but not as noticable. Cherry and dark fruits from the start followed by warming alcohol and some spicy hops. There is a nice malt background that balances all these flavors.
Palate: The dark fruit and malt flavors hang for a bit. This is pretty creamy and goes down very smooth for 10.2%. I wish I had more than one bottle of this because I could easily drink a few of these.
Overall. This finished behind the Rochefort 10 and slightly above the Abt 12 and Chimay Blue. Another truely a world-class beer (as were the others). I’m not sure if it’s worth $20 if you don’t get it in Belgium due beers of similar quality being available more readily and for much cheaper. Definitely a beer you have to try though.
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottled 12/18/07. Very fresh tasting! Extra special thanks to OldStyleCubFan for this sample. Dark brown with frothy off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Complex flavors caramel, cotton candy, Raisins, and buttery hops. I am officially blown away! kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Finally got a chance to sample this beer, and poured it into a Westy chalice.The appearance was a brown color with a thin tan head.Aromas of caramel,raisin,malt,chocolate and toffee.This reminded me alot of St.Berny,Abt 12,just a little thinner and smoother.Really good beer. LeChi (3) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2008 does not count
Sans conteste un nectar. De toutes les trappistes, elle est la reine. Il est cependant regrettable de ne pas pouvoir se la procurer plus facilement. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Bottle from ebay auction, sampled with Dennis bell.
Poured Brown/Amber with one finger thick off white head. Aromas of bread, hop and sweet spice. Flavor had an instant burn on the tip of the tongue down to the throat. Yeasty, raison, date, with a dry mild hop burn finish. It was good but I think it is overated. Dennis and I both Prefer Rochefort 10 and St Bernardis Special edition better. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Dark and Murky in color with a dark tan head, large bubbles, and sediment visible. Aroma is wet wood, sweet dried fruit, raisins. Flavor is the same. So complex and delicious that you dont even notice the alcohol. It has a sweet palate for sure but its so well balanced it catches before it goes overboard with just the right amount of malty goodness. Salty finish. Best in the world? Maybe. Best in its style. Absolutely.