beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(03.09.06) 11.2 fl oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Label states that best consumed before 08/03. Pours golden yellow with small white head. Soft carbonation. Fruity esters in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness with spicy and tangy fruity flavors. Finishes dry with light malt fade. Good flavor. Good drinkable Belgium ale.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold, medium off white rocky head. Had some flocculent yeast particles floating around, and I poured it pretty carefully.Wonderful citrus and yeast aroma. Medium mouthfeel, slightly resinous but quite pleasant. Ligthly sweet malt flavors, with lemon, spice, and a a slight sourness overall. Finishes a little sour, not actually dry or bitter, but nicely refreshing.
Marko (4108) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle / Achel glass from Tolkien’s House Pub in Zagreb.
Poured a dark gold/orange colour, with a tiny but persistent white head. Lovely fresh hoppy, lemony, malty and fruity nose. Hmm.... I peered in the bottle, and it seems that this is bottle conditioned. A nice bit of yeast sediment down there. The taste is certainly insteresting. The background is, surprisingly hoppy, but hops don’t dominate, and neither does the malt. Yeast "owns" this one. The taste is... oooh... some fruity malt from time to time, ash & dust (in the most positive way possible), yeast. Grape seed bitterness in the late taste and into the aftertaste. Very, very, interesting and different. Not sure if everyone’d like it, but I do, in a way.
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle fromm Oakes. Poursa cloudy orange with a thick long lasting white head. Lots of carbonation in this one. This is my first trappist beer and I don’t kow where to start describing it other than to say this is one great beer. There is a lot of spice in the aroma and yeast in the taste, I guess this is the Belgium yeast I hear people talking about. I can taste the alcohol but not as much as I would expect from an 8% beer. I believe there is also some fruit in there but I would not hazard a guess at what it is. It is one of the best beers I have ever had.
yngwie (14630) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Slightly hazy, yellow-orange beer. Large, off-white head. Sweet, spicey and hoppy aroma. Sweet, tripel-like and fruity flavor, with a long bitter finish that has some resin-notes too. (060210)
andrewfriesen (23) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My least favorite of theTrappists. Overwhelming orange zest and some type of herb. Maybe oregano. Strong spice as well. A good beer, but I just don’t think it stands as well as the other Trappists.
ebarnes (254) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle dated 12/05. Pours very cloudy orange-amber with a large head and loads of sediment. Massive fruity aroma. Citus, melons, apricot, spice and yeast. Flavor is tartly sweet or sweetly tart, I can’t tell. The fruit steps up nicely as does the spice. A really nice Belgian Strong Ale.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Mar 07). Prominent aroma of pineapple and bubblegum with spicy hops and rounded malt underneath. Quite sweet but this is balanced by a tangy fruit flavour and subtle earthy bitterness in the finish. For once I think the relatively high carbonation of the beer helps to lift the flavours.
SHIG (3752) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber with thick long lasting head. Slight fruit taste with a bitter orange or other tangy fruit.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, dated 3-04. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow, lots of yeast floaties, minimal head. It’s kind of ugly to be honest. Luckily the aroma is quite nice. Fruity, with Belgian yeast and spice. Flavor of fruit, bread, and spice and it very much reminds me of the feel Westy beers have. Smooth and very well rounded. Alcohol is perfectly masked. You can tell some serious skill went into the brewing of this beer. Very nice. Overall gets +1 to make up for lacking appearance, a category of little meaning.