mds (2250) - 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 (4691) - 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 (8975) - 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.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Ruddy brownish, creamy, fast dissipating. Has strong green apple, liquorice and toffee notes. Complex, with sweet, sour, bitter and salty elements popping up. Warming, strong, pleasing to all senses. Outstanding.
sloth (2662) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large tan/light brown head, good retention and lotsa sticky laceing. Clear, deep amber color. malty, fruity, cheesy nose, yeasty also. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, earthy flavors, dark fruit, malty, buttery flavors. A complex brew indeed. Medium dry finish.
GregClow (3012) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red-brown colour. Dried fruit and malt in the aroma. Body is a little lighter than expected from the appearance. Big malt presence in the flavour, with strong, sweet fruit notes. Finish is dry and moderately sour.