TAR (2501) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best before Jan., 2004: Foggy saffron. Thin, resilient, rocky lathery froth leaves behind gorgeous lacework. Elegant aroma of shortcake, lemon, rose petals, and soft notes of banana. Peppery yeast undertones with fresh noble hop blossoms, frosting, peach tart, and soil. Soft, expansive carbonation. Very light and fluffy at the same time. Lavishly yeasty and flavorful with copious levels of flowers and esters right away. Slightly woody with some pale malt funk underneath. Simultaneously rich and elegant. Hints of cork and hay make a late appearance before a beautiful round finish of glazed peach, doughy yeast, and banana. Lightly dry and spritzy with peppery yeast flashes. The faint leathery noble hop textures deflect the pale malts and fruity elements with just enough girth, adding a whole new layer of depth. It doesn't get much more artisinal and elegant than this.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another one from those trappists. I thought this a bit lighter on the malty tones than most other belgians I have had. It had a long lasting head and nice tongue feel on the back of my tongue.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must try this again, as the festive nature of the time I tried it might have clouded my judgment. This is big, bold and fruity with a ton of alcohol that has the courtesy to allow the amazing tropical fruit flavors to shine. Must revisit.
Kinz (3303) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a pretty golden color, lots of exciting yeasty chunks floating about. Creamy smooth white head that remains in a thin veneer. Aroma is of bitter orange peel, and some faint mustiness. Complex, layered flavor, more oranges, wheatish malts, and a whiff of smoke on the finish. A very pleasant surprise from a beer I knew nothing about.
rickgordon (3844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Bottled. 1 year old bottle.
Hazy amber.. A bubbly diminishing head. Champagne-like nose, along with wheat. Flavor initially of wheat, but turns into a yeasty flavour. Spicy and slightly smokey in the long finish. Fat lacing!
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A lot of yeastparticles.
A fresh, fruity champagneish and somewhat metallic aroma and flavour.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good head on a golden, slightly cloudy brew. Bit of spice in the aroma. Warming in the stomach as I drink. Fruit and spice in the flavour, with a bit of alcoholic notes upon swallowing. Smoothly drinkable. Not my favourite trappist beer, but well worth tasting.
RobBestwick (590) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet hoppy aroma with some orange tones, pours with a cloudy orange hue and a good head, rich yeasty/spicey flavour. thick creamy palate with a strong alcohol finish.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this beer a lot. Looks just like the picture. This is one of the better blonds that I have had and is better than the Achel Bruin in my opinion. Peary, slightly spicey flavor. Yummy.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeah, I dont see how joet calls out urine in the aroma, but still favored the quality! Yellow with a slight haze to it. Aroma of sweet play-dough and citrus...just plain weird. The taste was much better than the aroma, sweet, smooth, and fruity, hops and alcohol notes as well....everything came together well and lingered on the tongue nicely....this beer rallied after the shakey start.