PictouRx (181) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2017 DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle bought 2005. Well, I shared this with my dad and two brothers, and they asked, "Was this everything it’s cracked up to be?" Gotta admit it was not quite. Then again, the actual beer could never match up to its rep. Even as a Belgian Quad, I’ve ended up being more excited about Delerium Tremens or Atomium. Or maybe a family gathering is a little too stressful to actually enjoy a beer. I will say: Beautiful smooth brown pour with a short head. Smell of figs, raisins and Belgian brown sugar (not too much of the latter). Taste bring out those fruits, with the added sensation of fruit leather and Belgian malts. What I realize is that this is not a great "extreme" beer: there is nothing going over the top for the sake of bragging rights. No, the Trappist brothers were never into that. What I have instead is a well-practiced beer that balances in almost every respect instead of overwhelming the senses. If I ever spot another bottle (got this at Cardinal Liquors in Frankfort, IL, but that was a few years ago, so I’m not adding that place here), I will re-try by myself.
Wow finally found a bottle to consume. Poured in tulip glass ...decent lacing and small head...looks like dark apple cider. Sip...pear plum apricot caramel toffee molasses all at once. Very very smooth little bitter. Yup best I’ve had so far! raficon (44) - Lipno, POLAND - JUL 21, 2017
super piwo, aromat suszone owoce figi troche skojarzen z miodem, w smaku slodkie tresciwe alkochol niewyczuwalny. vastervikman (22) - Vastervik, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2017
Yes, I also spent shitload of money to illegally buy this charming beer, even munks said they are against it, but dam stop making so perfect beer!!! This is love story no doubt about that! Loved it all the way. Like first kiss or something! ortodox69 () - - JUL 20, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2017 bevuta nel pub adiacente il monastero in Belgio. birra scura a 12 gradi . gusto particolare forte e nello stesso tempo delicato. mi ha ammaliato surething_ii (366) - Šenkvice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2017
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 (157) - 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 (308) - 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.