gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, very cloudy and near opaque. Thin head that faded pretty fast (this confuses me looking at other rates). Strong alcohol and nut scent with a touch of sweetness. Very strong taste, no subtlety here. Sweet with lots of caramel malts, very nice aftertaste. One drawback was it was highly carbonated. Too carbonated I would say. Would have been perfect otherwize.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(03.22.06) 11.2 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Yeast conditioned bottle labeled as best before June 2007. Pours clear amber with giant long-lasting head. Soft carbonation. Spicy clove, fruit and sweet malt in the nose. Fulled bodied Belgian ale that starts with light malt sweetness and spicy clove/fruit/tangy sour flavors. Some medicinal phenolic flavor also detected. Finishes dry with light malt fade. Very good drinkable ale that goes well with food.
SSSteve (3991) - - MAR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
burgundy ruby color. huge rocky off white head. spicy, yeast aroma. flavor the same as the aroma with some dark fruit. medium bodied. a little too thin. not very robust.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass is two thirds lasting foam and one third dark orange beer. Malty aroma with scents of peaches. Strong malt flavour tasting of oranges. Filling but stellar. Thanks papsoe.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Papsoe. Earthy, spicy, musty aroma. Citrus holiday sugar. Full on, sour, surprisingly genuine fruitiness. Not overly sweet, only a hint. Tasty, meal-like, complex and earthen. hint of sour. Very "real." Is dark brown with a light tan head and nice lacing. Delicious sour farm candy. Becomes wine-y, slightly bitter as I work through it, seems to lose a little body as I continue, but overall, a very excellent beer.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chaucer’s- Murky brown pour with a good sized beige froth. Active bubbles leave no lacing. Spicy caramel malt aroma, molasses, and fruit in the nose. Sweet malty booze flavours side by side with sugary yeast and fruit. A tad thin on the finish. ABV not noticable. Good.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with slightly large head. Had a sweet maltly aroma. A malty caramely flavor. I really enjoyed this.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Explosive tan sponge of a head settles to form a foam volcano, complete with slopes and a circular caldera. Beneath the surface is a dangerous dark brown/ruby brew spotted with chunks of yeast. Alcohol and yeast in the nose. Candi sugar and dark fruits, also. Flavor adds some rich malt. Full, balanced body. I expexted more from achel. This is good, but too simple for a belgian strong.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, deep brown. Notes of dried fruit on the aroma. Smooth, smooth silky smooth palate. Sweet malty tastes dancing a complex dance on my tougne.
butterfield (6) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2006 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark broody trappist, complex, dark, powerful flavour. overall a very good example of trappist brewing