senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweetly acidic scent, nice frothy head. cloudy wood brown coloring. a mellow malty introduction with a nice full finish. hints of licorice, plums and or raisins. very nice trappist.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown, medium fluffy tan head, receding, good lacing. Mildly sweet nose, mild and mildy sweet body with various fruit flavors and a hint of spice. Pleasant ale, but less impressive than the other trappists I’ve sampled.
Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drier than most examples of this style, and closer to an, I don’t know, maybe an American Brown Ale. An extremely full bodied one, of course. Interesting beer, I’d like to try it again.
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown color with creamy head. Malty taste, some chocolate, a little spicy. Certainly not the best trappist, but a good Belgian Strong Ale.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 Had this with a very nice dinner (made with Achel Bruin) at 'Den Tatoverede Enke' in Copenhagen. Initial flavour is malty and fruity (oranges) followed by a slightly spicy and bitter finish. An excellent (but not perfect) trappist ale. Added comment: Apparantly I missed the very nice touch of rowanberries in my first sampling.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty fruity and spicy. Not bad, but it still lacks the ’magic touch’ to be as great as the old trappists. I have only tried this on tap at the abbey, but I have some bottles in my cellar which I’ll have to try soon.
skortila (4463) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, cloudy brown colour. Lasting head. So far so very good. Smell is good too; malty & spicy, perhaps a little sweet. Taste is superb. Definately one of those great trappistenbrews. Sweet, bitter taste, perhaps a little sour. Spicy though. Interesting brew. Taste is definately well balanced; complex between sweet and spice is very good. I would go as far as a 10 for taste! palate is less, a little alcoholic, that’s I guess what made this trappist less than westvleteren and rochefort.
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - SEP 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big nose of yeast, malt and spices, and hints of bananas. You can also smell the alcohol. A very nice reddish-brown color and a fizzy body with a lacy head. Caramel and toffee tastes with nutmeg undertones. A dainty bitter end that unfortunately has a slight metallic aftertaste. Full mouth feel. A meaty Belgian.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Actually nothing special for a Belgian strong ale. Very weak flavour (considered the alc. %) but little stronger and tastier than the Achel blonde. A great disappointment for me this Achel abbey was.
YogiBeera (2464) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmh, yumm...nice nose of honey, raisons, malt and roasted chocolate. Wonderful hazelnut-brown body with hints of orange. Laying over it a small frothy head. Flavor very complex: On the sweet hand side: rosted chocolate also ripe bananas and on the spicey hand side: nutmeg and a lot of peppery notes. Fullmouth aroma, with a light bitter aftertaste. Finishes with a taste somehow strange. It’s like a Pfefferkuchen for Christmas! I was nearly running up to the addict to get the christmas-stuff out, after drinking this beer...just kidding!