Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2001
'In de vrede', the Westvleteren café, I tasted this next to the 'blond' beer.
Eggshell brown head of foam topping the dark brown colored, very opaque brew. Fine bubbles.
Young fruity excellent aroma, fine and elegant, this (like the blond!) is a very young white winelike nose.
Fine foam in the mouth, leading to very intense but balanced tastes, licorice, great chewable body with complexity.
It's an absolutely excellent world class beer (yet I prefer the freshness of the blond!) jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Bottled, 2 years old: Chocolate cake adn cinnamon aroma. Reddish brown color, beige head, good lace. Unbelievable amount of malts, soft bitterness but more bitter in the finish. Thick and warming. No complexity, just power. Bottled, Nov. 2001, 4.4: A wonderful complex aroma with fruits, hops, nuts and yeast. Dark brown colour with beautiful firm head. Very full, spicy and thick like syrup. Sweet as well. Heavy due to the alcohol but no alcohol bitterness. Long lasting finish. stoerke99 (2) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2001 does not count
.................................................. joet (2662) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Definitely has the long foam, color - appearance perfected. Sour and yeasty nose that turns a corner to a roasty, malty, sweet and fruity flavor with pears and carmel. Superb! daboskabouter (1469) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2001
What's great about this beer is how something different is experienced with every taste. Huge aroma of grapes, dark fruit, sometimes toast with jam. Taste is nicely balance between sweet and a little bitterness. Spicy, perfect carbo. Reddish brown cloudy color. Defenitely a great beer.
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 23, 2001
It has a cloudy brown colour with a creamy head. Aroma of hazelnut, nut and chestnut. Full-bodied and very complex. Very long aftertaste with a nice bitterness - fantastic ! 40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 16, 2001
Malty, chocolatey, winey, spicy flavor. Well balanced, not as sweet as Chimay G.R., not as hoppy as Orval. Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2001
It is a really great beer, with strong taste and great aroma. The best i've ever had Mr Gracey99 (32) - - SEP 27, 2001
A good beer - great texture and very nice aroma - the palate is ever so slightly industrial - otherwise a top qulity beer. stefli99 (1) - lidköping, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2001 does not count
What can you say?, craftmanship thats what its all about, the balanced taste and beatiful aroma, yummy!!, sorry its so damn hard to get one...