ALLOVATE (2622) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another wonderful beer from this small Trappist monastery located near the Dutch border. Surprised to find this hasn’t fared too well, as I honestly found it to be an extraordinarily balanced and unique ale that was in-step with the greater of Abbey ales and indeed other Trappist offerings. Tasted from a bottle well over 16 months old (missing BB stamp) and poured into a chalice glass, quite cool. Poured quite clear; a summery hue of sparkling orange similar to a glass of lucozade, with very, very fine carbonation raising up an immensely creamy, dense white head that lasted and left trails of lace in its wake. Very clean, tart and spicy, ripe fruit on the nose, hinting at a Brettanomyces strain similar to Orval (?), with an underpinning bouquet of floral and earthy hops, palest grains and soft melonous esters. Fresh, clean and delicate on the tongue with a lot of the qualities of the wonderful aroma shining through. Biting peppery spices and a sprightly, prickly carbonation keep it lively on the tongue whilst flavours of ripe, tart and juicy fruits blend with clean palest malts and fresh bitter herbs in the back giving it little length past the swallow bar a hint of the peppery hops and alcohol. Medium bodied and balanced to perfection, this worked a wonderful spell on my taste buds with its artisanal simplicity. At 8%, it showed incredible control and went down with alarming ease making me wish I had of stored a dozen more for the time. This was a lovely beer and like its Bruin brother, it is worthy of praise. Delicious!!! (33cL, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
pivnizub (9302) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Hazy, orangey coloured; huge rocky, creamy head; strong fruity nose (lemon, bananas, cloves); slightly sweetish, moderate fruity flavour, a bit yeasty; a bit tart, fruity sweetish finish with the acidity and the flavour of green apples. A well rounded and warming brew.........................
jgentgesdo (682) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours translucent pale yellow with a good white head. Nose is apricot, allspice, honey, butter. Initial taste is very wheat/yeast oriented (like drinking whole wheat bread). This segues into a peppery spiciness with maybe some clove and banana, but overwhelmed by alcohol and carbonation. Mouthfeel very good - oily and interesting. OK.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy gold/orange, with a large, white head. Aromas are spice, yeast, and lemon. Flavors are spice, yeast, citrus and malt, with a dry finish.
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange, with a huge white head. Aroma is grape and a hint of dishwater, but in a good way. Has a dry is flavor, with notes of white wine and figs and grapes. Pretty for easy to drink for an 8% brew.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden color pour. I didn’t have any chunks floating too much. Sweet fruity aroma and flavor. It was pretty good.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blond ale, average head, white foam.
Nice aroma, sweet.
Good, not fantastic.
ogivlado (6345) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled(330ml). –light hazy golden coloured, medium white head, flavor is yeasty and mild spicy, aroma of lemon, banana and cloves with nice spicy hints, slight alcohol and mild acidic finish
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Logan. Yeasty sugar cookie aroma with pear highlights. Hazy golden body, lacy white head. NIce bready flavor with leafy hops. Estery yeast.
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazed orange yellow body with a lot of floaties and a substantial white pocked head. yeasty warm plowe filed aroma with a light lemon citrus and anasthesia. flavor reminds me of the polish the dentist uses when i get my teeth ckleaned. a bit minty with some resin. somewhat sticky a bit rubbery.
biting bitterness that is nice. plum and mint in the finish. a nice sweetness emerges as this warms. a bit soapy, but not bad.