hatchy (32) - USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. pours a cloudy brown, decent tan head. sweet, malty smell. tastes a bit syrupy sweet, slightly fruity, and a dry, slightly hoppy aftertaste. very nice.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Pour a orange dark color, average head, left good lacing. Smell of some berry and spices. Mouthfeel was okay. Overall its a good quad, the best but in the upper half. "
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, dark brown. Hissing, billowing tan head. Nose is roasty caramel/toffee, dark fruits, rich malt, alcohol, sugar. Same flavor, sweet with a dry finish. Full, rich body perfectly carbonated. Excellent.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 16, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml cork finished bottle. Wow, the absolute definintion of seamless. This beer moves gracefullly between elements of toffee, raisins, slight cigar box, and ends with a light vanilla kiss. All this without a hint at the alcohol content. Just amazing. I havenít had Westy yet but itís hard to imagine a beer better than this. I would love to see a bottle with a few years of age on it.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by date of April 2008, Sampled January 2006
This beer sits a hazy, amber brown color in my tulip. The beer is quite well carbonated and is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, tan colored head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass as it slowly subsides in a cacophonous mix of large through small bubble. The aroma is quite concentrated with sweet fruity notes reminiscent of figs, sweet plums, raisins and even prunes. There is also a healthy, bready, yeasty note here, as well as some notes of clove. The aroma is quite rich and sweet, but without being heavy. After a bit of time a note of alcohol becomes evident as well.
The taste has that same sweet, fruity character to it, and the body while hefty is perhaps not as rich as I was expecting. It is still palate coating enough to make this a satiating, slow sipping evening as I work my way through this 750ml bottle. It is definitely quite well carbonated as the beer foams up on the tongue, it is not quite as noticeable as in a lighter beer, but it certainly helps to lighten the body of this beer.
Actually at this point I think I would like it to be a bit less carbonated, so I spend the time to make it so. The beer softens out, and becomes even smoother than it was before. The sweetness is a bit accentuated as well, which tends to magnify the fruit notes of sweet plums and figs. In the end this beer does not quite seem rich enough, though in its defense it is at the perfect level for me to be able to finish a 750ml in an evening. The finish has a light sharpness to it (a mix of carbonation, alcohol, and a bit of spicy yeast character), plus a phenolic note of clove.
This is definitely a beer I am happy to have a 750ml bottle of, allows for a quite evening; it is contemplative when I want it to be, and light enough to just add to the experience if I happen to be distracted by a book. Definitely a good beer, one which even grows on me over time; it almost becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
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NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fruit and honey sweet. Lots of pear aroma. Cloudy brown with a very thin tan head..thinnest head I have seen on a Belgian ale. Flavor is sweet fruit flavored malts with hints of caramel and candy sugar. Alcohol is noticeable and up front. Lacks some of the range of other Trappist ales I have had and frankly some of the depth as well. A great beer, but not one of the best Trappists.
joergen (25647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown coloured with a lasting off white head.
Sweet aroma of malts, caramel, spices and alcohol.
Sweet flavour of malts, caramel, and spices with notes of alcohol and marzipan.
Tmoney99 (13245) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color with a huge frothy light brown head that was lasting and produced excellent lacing. Good complex sweet fruity aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy sweet bitter flavor with a long finish with a small alcohol tone.
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was pleasant and inviting, reminding me of a fine pipe tobacco. The pour was just beautiful; mahogonay with a head that lasted the entire glass. Flavor was heavy on the malt, somewhat vinuous with tobacco and caramel notes.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much aroma. Maybe a little alcohol in the nose. Nice bready flavor. Slight alcohol flavor too but OK b/c not alcohol hot. Good sipping beer that Iíd like to try again. Only negative is maybe a little thin in the body but plenty drinkable.