surething_ii (365) - Šenkvice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2017 mihalis (25) - Keller, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I paid $150 for six bottles of it on eBay, which I’ll admit makes a me a little biased, but I’ll try to be as unbiased as possible... That being said, I believe this beer was worth every penny I paid for it. I’m only giving it a 19 overall because I figure that even perfection can be made even better. If anyone can do it, though, I’d suspect it would be these monks. I poured 2 bottles of this--one for myself and another for a friend of mine--and let them sit on the counter for several minutes until the head was almost settled and they were each about 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pours dark reddish brown with a light colored head that doesn’t match the rest of the beer. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, and plums with a hint of caramel. Thick, malty mouthfeel with just the right amount of natural carbonation. WOW!! Flavor explosion. Dark cherries, plums, and raisins dominate, followed by a faint hit of banana nut bread and a mellow, fruity finish.
In summary, wow.
Bottle from the Abbey.
Well, it’s hard to ignore the hype when I traveled quite a way to get it (instead of buying 12€ bottle in Brugge) but I will try.
Best comparison that comes to my mind is wine. It’s like a well stored bottle of red. It won’t amuse you with heights and everything, but it’s perfectly well balanced and smooth. Color is black with decent head. Aroma not that significant. Taste keeps in one line leaving no place for irregularities. It’s basically a drink for special occasions, so not what you expect from beer. Very interesting. jorgevial (1) - Santiago, CHILE - JUL 16, 2017 does not count
Simplemente impresionante, sabores a miel, licor, frutos secos. Se ve increíble. DubCInjun (40) - - JUL 12, 2017
At Trollekelder in Ghent - Pours a dark maroon with a delightful smell of caramel, dried fruit, and notes of vanilla. Has a thick mouthfeel -- almost a syrup like consistency. Taste starts with licorice, fruit, coffee, and dark chocolate, and finishes with a toffee-like sourness. An absolute experience and a joy have. Bootlegger007 (149) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2017
Does it get any better? I believe all the hype over this beer, I couldn’t fault anything! Dark fruits, earthy aroma, a full bodied Trappist Ale, sensational! monz67 (2) - BULGARIA - JUL 8, 2017 does not count
Tasting notes are: tobacco honey, wild honey, dark honey, molasses, dried fruit, raisins, resin, toffee, cream. Needless to say, there is a reason this goodness is so popular. It’s just that some beers are better than others. The next best trappist doesn’t even come close.
ironcontra (268) - POLAND - JUL 7, 2017
Trying side-by-side with ABT12 for comparison. This one’s a bit darker, longer lasting head by comparison. It’s got a bit more complexity, something in the background is even chocolate-y. Some more wine and dark cherry to it. A bit drier than the Bernard too, a little bitterness added, which is a +++ for the style. miloszd (30) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 7, 2017
toast, roasty, herbs, earthy, alcohol, woody, black, hazy, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, fillepolo (941) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2017
Bottle from local shop i belgium. Vintage 2013. Pours a brownish colour beer with smal head. Dried fruit with malt and yeast. Dry finish tincansam (2) - Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2017 does not count
Bought two bottles while in Germany. Enjoyed both in a glass on separate days. Purchased them because I saw them for sale once and failed to utter first time. I was lucky to have a second chance. Each 33cl bottle cost about €7.20.
The beer tasted as good as I could have imagined. Look, Aroma. Head, mouth feel were all a delight. It has been about Ten months since I had the beer, it was the pinical of my enjoyment of beer brewing craftsmanship. It was €144.00€ for 20 in a case. In my opinion, worth it if you can get access to them. Only brewed in A Belgium Monistary, bread, caramel, chocolate, resin, caramel, raisin, black, cloudy, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, thick feel, lively, long finish, fenouil (21) - courbevoie, FRANCE - JUN 29, 2017
Nez malté, fruité, fruits noirs, trace de pruneaux, traces de caramel et de sucre roux. Beaucoup de puissance au nez qui annonce une très belle bouche. La mousse couleur café est incroyable d’onctuosité et de belle tenue. La bouche est tout simplement magnifique avec une attaque puissante tout en gardant une réelle élégance . Très complexe, la finale est soyeuse. Une très belle longueur, comme un grand vin. Magnifique !