Lore (1900) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very hazy yellow colour, huge, though not too dense white head; aroma of fruits like peach and grape, wine cellar, some earthy notes, some grains and floral notes; well bllanced bittersweet taste with grape and white wine notes, some candy sugar, grains, minimal alcohol and hints of peppery notes;excellent trappist beer, I’m fully amazed!
Boxereddy (410) - BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Licht wazig perzik/gouden bier met flinke witte schuimkraag.
Gist in de neus met fruitige toetsen.
Goed mondgevoel met biiterige smaak.
Licht zoetige afdronk met ’droge’ nasmaak.
BeerBaboon (1876) - FINLAND - OCT 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with light beige head. Aroma is Fruit, yeast and hops. Flavour is medium bitter, medium sweet, fruity and yeasty.
PeatyPete (793) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with white foam. Fruity aroma. Malt, Belgian yeast. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel, fruity and silky.
Maakun (2706) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle shared with the crusty crew. Hazy dark golden with white head. Orange up front, fresh apricots, yeast, light doughy, herbs, sugary with soft caramel and fudge. Quite nice fruity sweetness with soft bitter finish. Above medium bodied with full carbonation. Very nice beer.
lokitje (163) - - JUN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great fresh aroma little malt and very fruitful looks yellow little trouble taste fruit hops some bitterness medium body a Nice beer
Alengrin (4077) - BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2016 The last of the current Achel trappists I hadn’t tasted yet, apparently only sold at the abbey in 75 cl bottles and the follow-up to Achelse Zomer, a wonderful brew I bought in 2004, which was a one-off made for the abbott’s birthday; this version is slightly different, more dry and stronger. Since I remember Achelse Zomer quite well despite it being eleven years, I am very interested in how this one relates to its predecessor. Big, towering, foamy, frothy, off-white, dense, lacing head (even very slight gushing), colour hazy golden blonde with a ’peachy’ hue and fierce, champagne-like fizz; turns a murky brownish peach with deposit. Strong ’Belgian yeast’ aroma of Conférence pear, green plum, hint of banana, fresh pineapple, white bread, dough, vague suggestion of crushed peppermint leaves, whisky, roasted pine nuts, soap, subtle honey accent, flowers, but some wet paper as well, bit phenolic. Powerful onset of unripe fruits, green plum, pear, some ’green’ banana and berries, citric freshness (a little bit sourish), with a very strong, minerally, drying carbonation tantalising the tongue - for a tripel, after all a well-carbonated style in most cases, this seems even a bit overcarbonated. Lovely bready and eventually even honeyish malt sweetness ensues, perhaps some white candi syrup sweetness too, very light toasted touch to it, while the spicy yeastiness persists, becoming clove- or even slightly mint-like in the end; full but smooth mouthfeel. Finishes in nicely lingering bready malt sweetness and estery fruitiness, along with a fair dosis of leafy, lightly peppery hop bitterness, retronasal soapy phenols and warming but nowhere disturbing, ’jenever’- or even lightly whisky-like booze. In all: more than decent, the trappist quality stamp is all over it, but it seems to lack some personality in comparison with e.g. Westmalle Tripel or Chimay Triple. Hoppier and more ’warming’ than the regular Achel 8 Blond, but a bit more ’coarse’ as well due to the high carbonation; in comparison with the original Achelse Zomer of 2004, this is a bit of a disappointment, as it lacks the lush, ’baroque’ fruit exuberance which gave Achelse Zomer its distinctive character. Still, the dry-hopping worked well here, this is a good tripel by all means.
Maxbier (804) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with off white head. Yeasty, herbal aroma. Flavor is similar; spicy, grassy and herbal. Some bitterness, light but sweet clean malty flavor through the finish. Very tasty.
oh6gdx (24346) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (backlog). Hazy yellowish orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is wood, some herbs, yeast, quite citrusy as well as mild earthiness. Flavour is citrus, some wood, resin, quite strong on the yeast along with some herbs and earth to it. Yet very fresh and nice. Hides the alcohol really well.
DwarfeD (2293) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle shared at home. Somewhat hazy golden with a full white head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Citrus, peach, yeast, warming alcohol and herbs. A very tasty trapist.