wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted in Toronto. Tasted at Cafe Volo. Tasted in Achel trappist glass. Appearance is dark brown, somewhat cloudy with chunks of sediment in suspension. Aroma is difficult to pick up - very subtle hints of caramel, sugar and vanilla. Picking up the same elements in the flavour as found in the aroma - slightly sweet, muted caramel / vanilla but relatively muted and subdued for a beer of this style.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Wonderful complex Christmas cake aroma, raisins, spices and burnt sugar as well as strong alcohol. The beer is brown with a white gloopy head which floats on the beer throughout the glass. The taste is almost too complex and suffers for it by being unbalanced. I’m told Achel is still finding its feet I hope they will improve the flavours as there is clearly potential there. There are notes of spice and banana and yeast (which I poured in near the end of the glass), but it is just too much of a mishmash.Score 3.4
Subsequent rating also scored 3.4.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Conditioned, 330ml. Best before August 2005. A dark malty trappist beer with a rich banana character. Very tasty, not up to trappists such as Westvleteren or Rochefort, but this is superior to Orval.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl best before 03/05’ Poured a muddy murky reddish brown with a fizzy carbonation that leaves a slight tan film on top. Has a bready yeasty aroma with a nice fruitiness of cherries, dried fruit, spice and sugar. Body is smooth and crisp with carbonation and a delicate mouthfeel. The flavors are classic Belgian. A fruity malt that is sugary sweet with noticable yeast. A nice overall blend of flavors.
Sammy (9677) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
surprising carbonation. White bubbly head. Bold Belgium yeast. Malt to start and Fruit and spice mid and end. Acidic aftertaste
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Art of Beer ’04: Clear brown/amber color with thin white head. Aroma is strong of malty brown sugar. Tastes of sweet brown sugar with spices and a heavy kick of alcohol.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium head on a brown body. Some alcohol in the aroma along with roasted malt, spices and brown sugar. Flavor is very tastefull but a little thin. Roasted malt, chocolate and toffee notes. Another nice beer from Achel!
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep brown color yet maintains a brite finish. The head didn’t have as much laced as I would have expected. Fruity estery aromas reminicant of banana and raisans. The same flavors come through from the aroma with a balanced maltiness. The body is medium to light. There is a refreshing finish that is not overbearing and invites you to drink more.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with hints of red. Small creamy head. Malty and fruity aroma of banana, pear, toffee and caramel Round aand quite refreshing flavour of yeast, nectarines, banana, toffee and burnt sugar. Smooth and sweet finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by 6/04. Medium mud brown, murky, thin but long lasting tan head. Aroma of darker fruits (raisins, dates), malt, and yeast. Flavor of overripe banana, apple, lots of malt. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Long finish. Medium body, very smooth, quite mellow. I dug it.