Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber colour with a big tan head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma. Flavor is malty and light yeasty with a caramel sweetness.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pailhead. Clear brown color with a nice tannish head. Fruity and estery aroma with a bit of caramel. Decent malt body. Well carbonated. A bit peppery in taste and somewhat drying.
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Malty, fruity, some caramel, raisin, and yeast aromas. Light alcohol is barely detectable. Pours a transparent reddish-copper with an off-white head. Fruity up front with a yeasty and light alcohol finish. Slight metallic flavors linger. Lightly acidic.
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2011 Rerate: The current version seems like a pale imitation of the ale I loved so much five years ago. Hotter, spicier, thinner and inferior in every way. Original rate: (Score - 4.5) Beautifully balanced Belgian strong ale that carries its 8% abv effortlessly. Poured a tawny brown colour with ruby highlights and a towering head. Good head retention and some lacework. Wow: this has the most enticing aroma I can recall. Initially smells like freshly trampled grapes with a hint of watermelon, but a deeper sniff brings out the underlying chocolatey malt (chocolate muffin?) The alcohol is present but restrained. If there’s a negative, it’s a slight hint of perfume in the mix. Full-bodied and creamy in the mouth, with a beautifully balanced tart finish. The flavour palette includes Christmas cake, spices and dark rum. This is spectacularly good. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. I have a new favourite beer. (33cl bottle, International Beer Shop, best before October 2005)
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy warm brown color with good creamy light beige foam. Typical trappist aroma’s with well balanced nose. Very malty, Smooth and soft with some spices and hints of light roasted malts. The taste is complex and has a nutty, wine like caracter. Nicely integrated bitterness and some sweetness in the afthertaste.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown and oily. Smells of raisins, prunes and caramel. Taste is on the malty end of the spectrum.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled. POurs fairly murky. Deep brown with a slight red haze. Tons of sediment. Yeast and malt aroma with notes of raisins, chocolate and plums. Initially thick-ish mouthfeel with a perfectly sweet, fruity flavor. Damn, this is a great beer! Finishes clean with a bit of the malt sweetness.
MiP (13516) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Malty aroma, hint of brown sugar. Dark chestnut brown colour. Big stable creamy light brown head. Flavour of malt and brown sugar. Very late peppery aftertaste. A bit high in carbonation, but after a bit of a shake, the mouthfeel is nice and soft. I do not find this as complex as other Trappists, but it is very nice indeed with its perfect balance between maltiness and alcohol.
mvhinkle (1) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a nice rocky head which lasted until empty. Great spiciness from the yeast which compliments the malty flavor well. A very good and clean representative of the style. I should have bought more.