mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - APR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber coloured. Medium head. Raisins and candis sugar in the aroma. Rather complex, sweet and fruity, with a malty bitterness and some alcohol.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Brown and amber in color, medium beige head. Caramel, a bit sweet and fruity nose. Full body. Sweet, caramel-like flavor with notes of alcohol.
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this a little better than the blonde. This had a nice beige head that stayed and was dark and cloudy. The aroma had peaches, fresh bread and a little spice. The flavor had a slightly sour note like Granny Smith apples at first. Later, it sweetens up and finshes in a delicious way. This is a great beer.
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep brown colour, small quick diminishing head. Aroma of raisins, plums...this stuff is quite malty and has a subtle hop finish. Fairly unbalanced. Alcohol lingers throughout.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, spicy aroma. I even detect some hops! Nice reddish amber brown color. Light carbonation. A nice tan head develops and sticks around for a while. NIce lacing on the sides of the glass. Classic Belgian taste. Sweetish notes from the malt and candi sugar, I presume. Vanilla, woody notes as well. Long finish with slightly warming alcohol notes. OVerall a nice Belgian beer that fits very nicely with a warm, sunny spring day like today!
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2009 (Bottled) Deep, clear, dark ruby red (muddy dark ruby with yeast), with a large, bubbly and tanned head. Aroma of dried and fresh fruit - especially plums, but also red currants. Some licorice, ginger and coriander, too. Red-curranty, yeasty flavor with sour cherries like in Flemish sour ales. Medium-bodied, very foamy-carbonated, sour palate. I’m pretty sure this bottle was badly infected (the sour red currants don’t belong here), so I won’t adjust the score. The rest goes down the drain... it would have got 6-4-5-2-10=2.7.
(Bottled, rated 4/2/2004) Darkish brown color, small but lasting head. Spicy aroma with coriander & orange peel. Sweetish, berry liquour flavor, somewhat spicy. Oily, slightly alcoholic, full-bodied palate. Another very pleasant and easily approachable trappist!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
couldy deep red/brown, off white head. complex aroma of raisin, vanilla, burnt sugar, malt and alcohol. fruity. berry-ish palate and firm malt and yeasty notes. very nice.
leaparsons (8102) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with red tints. The aroma is bubblegum, yeast and fruit. Flavours are yeast, winter fruit, toffee, spices and whisky booziness. Warming, complex but still easy to drink.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy brown color with medium sized head. Big maltiness and light hop bitterness. This was sweet and had a full flavor. Not too sweet where you don't want more. Believe me, I had a lot of it.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
( Bottled 33ml., at least 1 year old. Dranken in perfect conditions; my kitchen, a sunday night)
A real Pope of beers!
The poor gives a good 2 mm. head, that lasts throughout the session, beautyfull copper color. I got the rich canesugar, plum, dade nose, but alo...grass(?). The taste gives the real trappist of more dade, caramel and rasin, to the full portwine of a good strong ale from Belgium. Half of a teaspoon of settlement at the bottom of the glass; a true joy to live to taste this brew. Hail the monks.