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 (14446) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was poured with the yeast. It sits in my tulip glass a light hazy gold color and is topped by a thin head. The aroma is spicy with a sharp fruitiness that reminds me of apples and pears. This beer is quite light on the palate. It has a nice clean malty sweetness to it and finishes with a sharp spicy note that is characteristic of a good Tripel.
Boutip (5181) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale in my Trappist glass with a good inch of off-white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet floral hops and unknown spices springs from my glass. Taste is somewhat spicy and well balance by the malt and the funky yeast. Overall, better then some other Belgian Strong Ale but not as good as Rochefort…
Re-rate 2008: Spicy yeast with some distinguishable alcohol. A bit too hot maybe better after 6 months or so.
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, cloudy and thick - the particles just floated around inside the glass instead of settling to the bottom. Otherwise, a pretty standard example of a Belgian Strong Ale. Fruity flavor and aroma that gets spicier as you get further into it.
Choos (666) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: malt, alcohol and christmas cake! Appearance: Red to brown cloudy with yeast particles and a great tan head with good lacing. Flavour: sweet prunes/plums and malt with noticeable alcohol and just a hint of roastiness. Palate: medium mouthfeel with all the flavours lingering.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown/red(ish) colour.Thick rounded beige head. Fruity nose. Flavour from fig and juniper. A wonderful never ending bitter palate.
Lunkie (1561) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong malt spiritus fruit aroma. Light brown colour with thick head and lacing. Suspended yeast bits. Smooth malt hop flavour. With a flavour that goes all the way to the back of your throat. Smooth palate. Has the Special K approval!
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Falls well into the mainstream of Belgian strong ales I’ve tried, solid 8/10 material. Very highly comparable, in fact, to the St. Bernie’s Prior 8 that I just had earlier today. Just a bit less pronounced on the aroma, but otherwise very hard to tell apart.