sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours a nice amper with a stable head. Has a full, fruity flavor of yeasts and malts. Quite sweet. I miss a bit of bitterness from the hops. A lot like Duvel, just fuller and less bitter.
gilvanblight (771) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Full foamy head. Spicy bite to the scent and immediate to the mouth. Bright golden near opaque hue. Complex flavor changes constantly with different tastes coming to a head. Wonderful aftertaste. Some alcohol taste but not at all overpowering.
DerWeg (1487) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2005 Castro’s Lounge, Beaches. Hazy deep orangey gold with medium fine bubble head and persistent fine carbonation from center of chalice. Heady feels silky and leaves fine lacings. Crisp and sweet nose as pours, green apple aroma and yeast. Bit of Seville orange marmelade flavor, medium sweet taste and light syrupy feel - taste hint sweet apples/pear, spice, honey, muted hops - fleeting notes of spearmint gum and other candyshop aromas, perhaps licorice allsorts? Nice slightly astringent taste and alcohol stays hidden as glass warms. Detached yeast clumps hard to avoid in pour so go easy. Very good for style. Memorable.
scotty (1047) - SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gift from Amsterdam, this has a hazy burnt gold colour with a big bubbled, but surprisingly long lasting white head. Aroma is clean and spicy, with citrus notes. That citrus and spice comes through on the palate too, becoming more intense on the finish, shame I only have one bottle.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with a white head. Malty and yeasty aroma with a light fruityness and hints of alcohol. Malty and sweet flavor with caramel notes and a yeasty finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle best by 3/2004 making it anybody’s guess to how old it is. Pours a brilliant golden color, lots of floaties from a not all that vigorous pour, nice white head, dense bubbles. Aroma of honey, spice, pear, yeast, pale malt. Complex flavor, sweet, peppery, very mild hops. Fuller, firm body. Just a touch of alcohol, but it is complementary. Very nice, well done.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couleur blonde dorée, revêtu d’une mousse blanche considérablement dense. Les arômes de petites bananes bonbon faiblement anisées sont rapidement envahis par la levure et les phénols très épicés. Liquide de corpulence semi mince à moyenne en bouche, transportant des notes de poivre blanc fraîchement moulu. Il semble manquer de matière et de complexité, devient quelque peu ennuyant en peu de temps, surtout pour une trappiste.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral, meaty, pine-like, spicy, sugary aroma. Hazy yellow-gold with a decent and lasting cover of white head that leaves some sudsy lacing. Fair amount of protein in suspension. Icing sugar-like sweetness contrasts with a fair bitterness with some ashy notes and some pine-like hop flavour. Medium-light body is very dry and well-attenuated. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy yellow color with yeast in suspension and a creamy white head. Aroma and flavor of fruits, spices and yeast. Light body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Interesting trappist but somewhat uninspiring (and uninspired).
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly hazy golden. Foamy white head looks good and coats the glass nicely. Overwhelming yeast aroma reminds of simpler beasts than trappist ales. This feels almost corny, definitely peppery and clovey. Estery (bananas) and peppery yeastiness, rather phenolic as well (approaching band-aids). Light-medium body, very tired low carbonation level. For one, more hops would be more than welcome and then, more malt exploitation through the yeast could create far more complex flavours…