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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Poured a very deep brownish red with a thick and persistant creamy beige head. The nose is fruity and sweet, makes you want to dive right into it. The aroma reminds of the Rochefort 8, with lots of dark fruits but a certain lightness. Figs, plums, berries of all sorts, a bit of red wine, some spices, burnt caramel and little woodiness. The mouthfeel is fantastic with average carbonation and a lot of creaminess hitting the back of your throat right as you’re about to swallow. The flavor gives way to sweet roasted malts: molasses, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate. True to the trappist style. I’m very surprised to see this one rated so low.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Highly carbonated pour with a pillowy, two fingered head; intense, spiced-apple aroma with some cherry, nut and coriander notes; tart and tangy; spicey, but not quite as spicy (clove, coriander, nutmeg) as the aroma would indicate; dark fruit and oak flavors; a tad sour and pretty yeasty with a dry finish; fairly thin bodied. An interesting piece of art, but I’m not overly excited about this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (831) - PERU - JUL 23, 2005
Poured a deep copper with a big head and lacing. Nice flavors, but not overly complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pours dark brown with a nice big white head. Aroma of toasted malts. Flavors were raisins, plums, and a little coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge off-white frothy head. Sweet, nutty aroma of malt, yeast, alcohol and spices. Flavour of sweet malts, nuts, fruit, spices and alcohol. I felt I could taste the alcohol a bit too much and the palate was too harsh. Enjoyable but pales to some other Trappist beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 33 cL bottle, 02/04. Poured a deep ruby/amber with a little sediment after a careful pour. Just a light rim of off-white head around the edges. Aroma was spicy and bready with plums & raisins, yeast and some alcohol. Initial sweetness was the first flavor impression with its source (plums and raisins) following shortly after. Spices and a heavy alcohol kick exploded into the finish... slightly cloying at the end. Rather slick across the first half of the palate. All of the right elements were there aroma and flavor-wise, but the execution seemed slightly off (rough flavor/palate transition and the aroma was rather weak compared to the power of the flavors).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2932) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2005
Bottle, thanks HogtownHarry. Dark brown pour. Huge, frothy white head that stayed forever. Spicy, nutty and sweet aroma. Full bodied mouthfeel. Spicy taste with a deep mild malt sweetness. Also a little bland and watery at times. Very creamy. Incredibly drinkable and dessert like at the same time, I just wish it had a little more flavour (and feel less watered down) to make it exceptional. As is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Poured a reddish brown color with a large amount of tanish foamy head. Aroma is a little nutty and sweet fruity, almost bananaish with some spicey, yeasty undertones. Flavor is a bit of a dissapointment as its mostly malts with a bit of a raisiny flavor accentuated by fruity notes. Overall, I thought it was pretty decent, but definitely not my favorite Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20621) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2005
Bottled. Hazy nut brown colour with reddish hints, beige foamy head. Bananaish aroma, very sahtilike. Bananaish malty flavour with hints of raisins, toffee and hay. Sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). First bottle of my very own case, I had better like it. Aroma had huge bread dough notes, slightly fruity, raisiny, malty and spicy - poured deep copper, cloudy, no residue, quick settling bubbles, massive off-white head which lingered forever (required a delicate pour). Flavour was off-dry white wine, sweetish mild maltiness, light clove, some ash. Alcohol and mild bitterness noticeable on the linger. Tasty overall and lighter than some Belgian bruins - I think I will enjoy my case!

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