David (34) - Charlottenlund, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall a nice beer but itís still some ways from being as good as some of the best Trappist beer out there.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím right on the curve on this one, I guess; youíd have to call it a disappointment for a trappist, but its a top-quality beer overall. Wonderful clear shiny spun-gold color with a huge head (not quite Orval though). Yeasty, lambic-like barnyard aroma gradually sweetens and mellows as it warms, as does the dry champagne-esque flavor. Drink close to room temp; I may be underrating this, ícuz it doesnít seem that distinctive, but Iíve had a lot of GREAT beer in the last few days also. Will definitely try again.
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The newest trapist, replacing the over comecialized laTrappe from the Netherlands, it is a nice addition, better than Orval, but i canít come close to the rest in itís class.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden orange color with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is very strong. Serious spice and yeast in the nose. All kinds of stuff in there - dough, citrus fruit, some spicy sweetness (coriander?), and a touch of alcohol. Super smooth and easy to drink. The finish is quite long. Good, but not great.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Big frothy white head. Cloudy blond color. Aroma is indistinguishable. Flavor is slightly citric, a bit wheaty and sweet. Finish is moreso citric.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright gold and lively. Initial thick head made of billions of tiny white bubbles slowly turned into a meringue-looking top. Piles of flour, dried, spiced fruit and lemon peel in the nose. Crispy, almost spicy on the tongue. My tastebuds found notes of pepper, mint, and sour grapes with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Very clean, almost soapy? I like it!
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricots, Bubble Gum, slightly rotten. Quite tasty, however. Hmmm....
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Bottle (BB 19/02/09). Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with strong notes of Juicy Fruit gum, pepper, clove, mint, lemon zest, dried pineapple/mango, hint of band-aid. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Finally, a mind-blower of a sample! Every two years or so I retry this and this is by far the best yet...used to always rank in the upper 3ís, now itís a solid world class brew, and positively mind-boggling. Either the monks have been honing their skills or this is an unusually good sample. Very little alcohol in the finish makes it outrageously drinkable. Absolutely superb.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - SEP 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricots, honey in the light, pleasant nose. Hazy, pale, pale orange with no head. Fruity taste up front (apricots), turning spicy and peppery in the middle, with a light dry finish. Wasn’t convinced of the balance and there was a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Extremely smooth brew, though, but I liked the dubbel better.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not very exciting. I bought this one at the supermarket inside the Achel Abbey! Not because i liked it, but because I could!!! Ha ha