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RATINGS: 1258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2005
Slightly cloudy brown pour with amber highilights, thick diminishing beige creamy head that leaves beautifull lacing on the glass. Interesting aroma of fruits (plums, raisins) with sweetness (maybe barley sugar) and underlying alcohol. Good flavor of barley sugar (sucre d’orge), fruits (plums and raisins again) with underlying malt and alcohol, sweet finish. Light to medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. Interesting beer, not world class as other trappists but still it’s enjoyable and well made.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Poured a clear dark amber/ red with a large quick dissolving head, leaving great lacing. Very pungent aromas of rich plums and currant. Flavor and mouthfeel were not what I expected at all. I found flavors of caramel and prune mixed with barnyard and spice towards the finish. I think this bottle needed a few more months before consumption, but overall not too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2005
A Mes rate: Smooth drinking version of chocolate and vanilla cake! In fact it smells remarkably like angel cake. Maybe its the cherry sponge. Yup definitely the cherries. Plums looks, tan head that doesnt last all that well. Not bad. My least favourite of the Monks stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (2936) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 I forgot how much I love Trappist Beers. Rich and malty with taste of dried fruit, spices, caramel, a strong bourbon like flavor. a must have, if you can find

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2005
Dark amber, with a lasting beige head. Mild caramel aroma, with some dark fruit notes and spice. Sweet caramel start, with a spicy finish. Some fruity prune/raisin flavours in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2383) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Had to re-rate this, due to a couple of typo’s I made in the first entry. Tasted this absolute gem in early May. Kept it in the cellar beyond it’s recommended use by of Nov ’04 (I don’t know the brew date!). Tasted in a short tulip, a large 2 inch, dense off-white head formed and slowly dissipated back to a steadfast half inch. It lasted the full distance and laced a web down the glass. The body of beer, a chestnut brown and almost opaque, with a quickly settled pad of yeast. Pleasant, though almost vinous, noble hop aroma with a balance of chocolate and grainy malt, and a little sweet, dried fruit. Aroma follows into the mouth, with vinous and leafy hops, mild herbal spices, cocoa powder and dark chocolate for sweetness, and very clean liquor, medium bodied and mild in carbonation. Finishes off with a medium length malty and tart hop swallow that gives it an aged note. Fruity esters, and light alcohol and yeast phenols balance out this lovely ’smaller, younger brother’ Trappist ale. Very delicate in all aspects, yet big in flavour, chocolaty, malty and wonderful throughout. Easily one of the best of the Trappist brewed beers. Wonderful!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5470) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Riverside Liquors, Chattanooga, Tn, .33 litre bottle. Pours a dark copper with a long lasting white spongy head, moderate lacing. Sweet aroma of honey, almonds and tea, Flavor has some deep malty accents to it with some candied sugar notes, maple syrup and banana, Very thick creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol presence noted, but not overwrought. A most decent strong Belgian.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) This one has been in my stockroom for at least a couple of years. Almost orange brown color with large quantities of impurities. Sweet with an underlying bitterness, which lasts all the way to the palate. Not particularly full-bodied despite the strength. And not particularly refined either. 221104

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber-brown body with a large off-white head. Aroma of caramel, leather, soap, and malt. Flavor of toffee, raisins, and malt. Good stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Brown Orval. The first thing of note is the sour Brett aroma pouring from the ever-expanding head of this beer. This is a very light brown and demonstrates the difference between bruin and brown, nice color, crystal clear. Some very mellow malt flavors, a little more hops here than I would have expected. But there it is, the reason why I love belgians, the bugs -- brett, brett, brett. Truly a wonderful beer.


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