jercraigs (6603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy brown under a big fluffy white head that diminishes to leave a healthy moderate head. Bit of yeast in the aroma, hint of alcohol and lots of malt. Flavour seems a bit simplistic, dominated by pleasantly sweet maltiness. Seems sort of standard, but extremely well executed. I would like another crack at this one I think.
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliantly clear mohagany. Some dusty hops, alcohol, and fruity esters dominate the aroma. Flavor is much of the same--dark and sweet, alcohol is a bit apparent rather burning, in fact, in the finish. Sugary sweet maltiness is perhaps more akin to a juicy malt character of an american barleywine than its strong dark brothers Westy 12 and Rochfort 10. Notably lacking their dark fruit flavors. Quite good, but a bit alcoholic in the finish.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750ml bottle) Number 600! Moderatley hazy, amber/orange. Gorgeous, dense head and sticky lace. Aroma of doughy, sugary malts, perfumy yeast, ripened fruit, some spices and others. Medium, almost thick, rich, lush body, loads of doughy malt flavor, hints of chocolate, toffee, banana, fruit, powdered candied sugars and spices, pronounced yeast character, spicy hop and alcohol that is very well hidden but drys the finish a bit. Very elegeant brew, pretty sweet,may be fatiguing for some but not me. Loads of flavor and very drinkable and complex.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body is slightly hazy and ruby brown. The head is tan and a bit wild, bubbles of all sizes, including tiny ones that cling to the sides of the glass forming a nice sheet of lacing. Dark fruit, sweet candi sugar, yeast, and a touch of citrus constitute this beers pleasant aroma. The flavor is sweet and caramely up front, tings then open up a bit with some less sweet fruity flavors coming through. The finish is quite sweet. Full bodied and a real teeth coater. The alcohol comes through as a tad on the palate but is more noticeable in the pleasant post swallow numbness throughout the mouth. Overall a very nice beer, this beer could be excellent if just a tad of the sweetness was shaved off of the top. Regardless the best of the three Achel brews I have had the pleasure of drinking.
TheBeerGod (4675) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark reddish brown with a medium pillowy tan head. Aroma is malt, light spice, and fruit. It's hard for me to nail down specifics on this one. There is some definite alcohol notes standing out here along with light sugar, malt, some ripened fruit, and maybe caramel. Tastes almost like an Aventinus mixed with a Belgian ale. Very pleasant mouthfeel and finish. Recommended.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very effervescent(cork flew across the room before I even touched it). poured a nice dark brown with a good head. Aroma is malty, nutty and vineous. flavour is sweet and malty. I think this be better rounded with age. The second one's going in the stash 'til next year.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Murky bronze appearance. Pungent baking soda smell. Smells briny but good. Aroma is intriguing and scary at the same time. Fantastic organic, nutty flavor. Terrific drinkability. This is a lovely beer overall.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Carmelized shortbread, touch of vinous fruits in the nose. Sweet/malty, cream, bit of chocolate. Soft yet assertive mouthfeel. Slight warming alcohol presence. Delicious, well-made and worth seeking out.
egajdzis (4949) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy brown color with a large off white head. Fairly mild aroma of yeast, malt, and caramel. Spicy malty, yeast flavor. Some alcohol as it rolls down your throat. This was a nice way to start the night, this was #1 750 ml of whaleman and I's trip to Monks.
TAR (2349) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lustrous bronzed-apricot. Amazingly dense, sticky off-white rocky head. Rich, elegant aroma with flocks of esters, star anise, and fruitcake. Perfume, herb, rose, glazed malt whispers alongside that sumptuous Achel yeast character. Tight, spongy carbonation. Impeccable body. Opens with an estery, rich malt onset and big leathery, cedary notes. Chewy mixture of cakey malts, sweet doughy yeast, and a whole score of ripe esters. Apricot and mint leaf traces. Long fruity star anise backdrop matched with a spicy noble hop bedding. Lingering peppery alcohol and candy sugar notes with just the right amount of must. This has everything from their addictive house yeast character and juicy noble hop finesse to deeply rustic malt charm. And it’s quite elegant, which is typical of the entire Achel line. Truly remarkable.