PictouRx (181) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2017 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2oz Bottle. The pour was a medium/dark murky brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown fizzy head that reduced down to a thin film and small collar, which lasted throughout and had excellent sheeting of lacing.
The aroma was of a sweet dark bread malt and a bold doughy Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, chocolate, coffee, banana, dark fruit (plums, figs and dates) and a light alcohol presence.
The taste was a smooth malty sweet with just a touch of toffee and chocolate along with a nice mild roastiness early on, and then progressed with a somewhat intense yeast presence building up to a bold fruitiness and a mild alcohol ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, and had a yeasty fruity alcohol taste that was left behind to settle in on the taste buds and lingered for a while longer.
Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a texture that was smooth and creamy yet dry and slightly oily along with a carbonation that was tad prickly.
Overall this is a beer that comes with quite a hype, now I can say it most definitely lives up to it. It has a superb balance of flavors that I have yet to experience in any other beer. Yes, by far this is the best beer I have ever tasted. Thank God I was able to get my hands on some, for the monastery has said it will not be available again here in the US for at least 25 years (2037)...
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 (277) - 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.