Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, 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 (1475) - 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 (6355) - 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 (15304) - 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 (4152) - 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 (5950) - 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 (1443) - 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.