boto (1828) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MY BEER #400! Dark hazy brown in color, didn't have much head. Aroma of fruit and caramel. Taste is malty sweet, with hints of the caramel and fruit as in the nose. An excellent brew, but slightly behind some of the other trappists.
JorisPPattyn (7816) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Nose of candi sugar, gingerbread and raisins.
Colour is brown with orange shine throughout, slightly hazy. Yellowish-brown head, fast disappearing.
taste is rather sweet, with a bitterness in the back of the mouth, referring to dark malts. Esters. Taste of certain caramel-sweets, grapes or raisins and rhubarb. medium-bodied, some alcohol, warming-effect grows. No real new aftertaste - main flavours fade.
Infected version, thanks to Van Steenberge bottlers
Absolutely huge dirty-beige head, like dirty whipped eggwhite. Faint sourish nose, suggesting all kinds of things, but nothing definite. Some dark malts left, probably lactic acid. Taste confirms lactic acid, very Oud Bruin-like. My contacts in Achel were a bit bewildered that people actually liked this, but Iím starting to understand why they did. Unfortunately, itís not an honest lactic acid - thereís something toasted, and moldy at the same time, lurking beneath. Itís definitely infected, even when maybe pretty benign. Even a kind of ripe mango flavour, not at all bad.
Donít tell me THIS is why Van Steenberge is actually stopping production of their top-product, Bios, no?
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one pours a dark cloudy brown color with a medium sized off-white head. It has a nice fruity aroma with hints of malt, plums, and raisons. Full bodied, the flavor is richly malty with some some fruit undertones and a nice fruity finish. An excellent brew, but I actually like Achel 8 Blond a little better.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-red colour with a beige, frothy head. Chunks of sediment. A fruity yeast aroma. The flavour is on the sweet side, yet well balanced. Classic Belgian flavour. Not my favourite style, but good.
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep red slightly cloudy beer with a fine head. The aroma is slightly fruity - a little disappointing for a trappist. The flavor is very light - also for a trappist - the flavor is very complex - with notes I can't figure out. And the flavor lingers for a long time. A nice beer - but far from as good as other trappists.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruddy brown hue. Aroma of fruit, raisons. Big malts on the palate, cherries, fruit, raisons, chocolate. Very decent, but doesnt stand up to other trappists.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, medium head. medium bodied, sweet malts - there""s a lot going on here - some sweet/sour notes at the end. good stuff.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
BB-06/04:Dark brown with a nice, off white, tightly beaded,head. Sweet,doughy,bready,hoppy,nose.Very fresh smelling.Mouthfeel smooth and rather suffecient. Excellent,candyish malts,fruity,flavoring. Delicate and very tasty. Alcohol is never,really,evident. This is one of the most flavorful Trappist beers.Complex and easy to drink. I like it,but the prices,for this,in U.S. are ridiculous.Got mine through Belgian shop.
jerohen (1977) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2003 Dark brown colour, thin lacing. Fresh and malty nose, not very strong. Smooth malty taste, sweet and a bit fruity. Very nice long-lasting palate with a bit of alcohol shining through.
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good, very small head, A nice after taste.