William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2002
The only beer I have had so far which does not have a label on the bottle. Curious.
The beer has a dark, ruby color. Amazingly complex palate - caramel, malty, nutty, raisin-like taste. I did not notice the 11% alcohol. It has a very full creamy body.
The aftertaste is the best beer experience I have ever had, it stays and gives your tongue and cheeks a heavenly massage. I don't believe there can be a beer that is better than this.
omhper (26209) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2002
Having tried several thousand beers, if I'm hard pressed to come up with one single favourite this is usually the one. Every time I try it there are new fascinating flavours. It has a deep burgundy colour. A fruity complex aroma with a hint of raspberries. It is very malty, and as the beers warms to room temperature the flavours explode. Toffee, fruit, licorice, yoiu name them. The mouthfeel is soft and vinuous, and the finish is salty with well balanced bitterness. fatherpierre (61) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2002
A true beer. The flavour is too complex to describe in one post. A beer that deserves further investigation though. A superb aroma and delightful palate almost bely its high alcohol content. Close to perfect. Not for heavy consumptiom though. 2 is enough! fraternie (1034) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2017 An incredibly complex beer. Starts with a strong combination of flavors--chocolate at first, then evolves into ripe fruit/ banana flavor and raisin-nut. The most amazing thing about this beer is how smooth it is. At 10.8% abv, I don't detect even the slightest bit of alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Truly amazing. I am hard pressed to find anything wrong with this beer. Maybe the finish could be a little longer, but that is still stretching it. Almost perfect, if there is such a thing. obxdude10 (2395) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 Huge head that kept well throughout, very dark brown color, malty flavor, nice aroma, lots of complex flavors, very excellent beer, nothing much more than I can say other than what has already been put out there, one of the best in the world hands down!!!
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2002
Again, from my view, overly frothy, the foam spills out of the bottle despite a 55 degree temperature, an almost perfectly dark amber brown appearance, a wonderful aroma, and an almost perfect complexity of lightly sweet malt flavor with indescribable flavors, perhaps caramel, nuts, and smoke, with a touch of fruit, very smooth, with a finish that beer drinkers can only dream about, but here it is, in my view, better than the Extra #8, and while superb, I still prefer the flavor of the Westmalle Dubbel Ida7999 (106) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2002
I had read about this beer prior to purchasing and it was worth all the hype. Superb in every possible way even with the high price. Maybe my favorite beer of all time. JMG99 (10) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Consumed with the hype, I plunked down almost $10 a piece for 3 of these babies and man was it worth every penny. Complex, soothing, robust and delicious, I kept wondering how such a delicious ale had an alcohol content of almost 11%. A truly wonderful beer, well worth the price of admission. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 14, 2002
What could be better? Frothy head, beautiful complex flavor. The high alcohol content is well concealed. belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2002
Very nice aroma with a perfect head. Complex flavor, just sweet enough to conceal the high alcohol content. This is the standard for belgian strong ales.