Bigapple1983 (14) - BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2009
Drank it next to the abbey, so probably still young. Dark brown, thick sticky head. Full bodied taste, alcohol is very present, caramel, coffee, malt, chocolate. Sweet at the beginning, but a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall impression: this is as good a beer can get. World class. Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Pours very dark amber brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, toffee, hints of chocolate and current and raisin. Flavor is full of carame, chocolate and dark malt, with plenty of dark fruits as well. Was worth the 25 bucks I paid for it. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to Vince, poured into a Trappist glass and served at cellar temperature. Cloudy brown with a tan head that fizzles away quickly to a small ring. The aroma is dried dark fruits, apple, wood and a wine like alcohol scent. The flavor is sweet with just a light bit of sourness, the alcohol is non-existent in the taste. The body is a bit lighter than I would have thought, probably medium to full. This beer is really nice on your palate, it’s soft and silky with a very mild carbonation. I am really glad I got a chance to try this and the only flaw in my mind is that the bottle is too small. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get another chance to drink it. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2013 bottle. pours mahogany with a big tan head that dissipates relatively quickly to leave a layer of tan film. spotty lace. aroma is plum, dates, green raisins, and a touch of booze. flavor is dark fruit, some chest warming alcohol, toffee, medicine. Body is a little thinner than expected. extremely smooth and drinkable for a 10% beer. I could easily do a couple more of these. Towards the end of the beer i pour in the sediment. This brings forth some earthy bitterness and mineral notes. This is a very good beer for sure, But I think I prefer the Westy 8. like the plummy fruit character of aged bottles. deleted some lame stuff from previous rating. norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009
My first hour in Belgium, I sat down for lunch in Brugge and found it on the menu. Pours the color of dark walnut, lighter than I would have thought. The head is dense and tan, it sticks around the whole time. Aroma of clean cocoa, licorice. Initially I was a little let down with the taste, but as time went on things improved. Tastes of deep caramel with a little mint or coriander at the end. Nice long finish. Tasted nest to St Bernardus Abt 12, and this was the clear winner.
joakimlau (4) - DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009 does not count
Tried it twice. A dissapointment each time. Tasted like yeast and nothing else (and yes it was poured correctly, were obs on this the 2# time)! JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Been waiting for this one for a long time now. Bottle shared by DuffmanSW with mspindler. Shout out to Cletus for providing this to Sean. Pours a chestnut reddish brown color with thin white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, candy, brown sugar, buttery. Complex sweet taste of figs and raisins. Medium carbonation. Overall so smooth and well balanced. Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2011 33cl bottle thanks to Jeffo and liamt07. best before 22.09.13Oscbert (1302) - Lincoln, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Appearance : Clear dark amber with big foamy off-white head. Some lacing.
Aroma : Big rich nutty notes with red fruits. Great belgian yeast. Light raisins, Light chocolate, light hops. Utterly complex and elegant. Light banana bread notes maybe.. first time I get this I think...
Palate : Carbonation is very fluffy and lively. Never agressive and gets smooth when you swallow.
Taste : Nutty and yeasty. Great fruity notes with light caramel. Finish is rather bitter with nice alcohol warmth. Finish is quite nutty with bitter hops, light chocolate, light caramel, lots of yeast. Brown sugar. Light raisins maybe. Light banana bread on finish.
Overall : Wow this is so complex and so elegant. Mouthfeel is perfect. I think head retention was slightly better on my last bottles. I really don’t think there’s another Belgian brown ale like this one. So complex, so mellow, so elegant. It’s my third bottle and I still think this is the best of the style. I really don’t think Rochefort 10 or St-Bernardus 12 is better than this. Rating stays the same... damn this is good.
Bottle from a random restaurant in Belgium and from Cafe in De Vrede. Pours deep mahogany with a creamy expresso like head. Great lacing and very long head retention. Aroma is red fruits, hints of nuts, raisins, vanilla, oak and dried prunes. Taste is a tiny bit bitter with a spicy ending. Hints of red fruits, vanilla, cherries, chocolate and some hops but really in the background only. Some nuts also. Finish is dry and sweet at the same time. Quite warm but not much considering the alcohol. The first few sips were a bit disappointing (considering its reputation) but it became really complex and delightful after. Carbonation is interesting. It is quite fuzzy with lots of small bubbles that tickles the back on the tongue. Very complex and balanced brew. Slightly better than Rochefort 10 and 8 to me.
Thank you Gypsy19 for this one!
~Pours a chunky looking murky brown with small bubbly head.
~Fresh apple spice scent, raisin, yeast, bread, a little caramel, complex scent, a lot going on.
~Sweet earthy hop flavor, lighter fruits like apple in there, but also darker fruits like plum, caramel.
~Medium feel, sweet spicy finish.
~Nice Belgium brew! Not too sweet. I enjoy the earthy flavor. Very Enjoyable. Normally I don’t like darker Belgiums because they are too sweet. I like this one a lot. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 #400! Pours a dep ruby, Nose is huge fig, plum, dark fruit, cherry, tart cherries, toffee, caramel and raisin. Flavor is a beautiful medley of Figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, cherry, dark fruits, sherry, booze and ripe grapes. Absolutely amazing!