luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Bottle- pours out a nice peachy orange, red color. The head started out nice with a frothy belgian white look to it, the lacing is what did it for me though. This beer was not to strong in taste which for once surprised me but other characteristics did lack on for this brew. Hints of caramalized sugar, sweet grapes, and dry raisons.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Newport Pizza in OB. Deep mahogany pour. No head. Subtle stone fruit in the nose. Sweet malt up front on the tongue, candi sugar galore. Black cherries, prunes, and red wine. Hop bitterness in the balance though, evening things out. The 10% burn is mighty, making this a long-contemplated sipper. Avery seems to interpret the traditional Belgian/Abbey styles liberally, and this is no exception. Donít know if it truely fits the advertised style, but what it is is enjoyable.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím normally quite skeptical of American attempts at Trappist Ales...we can never seem to get it right. But, I try to keep an open mmind with each new ale that I try, so Iíll make this a "real-time" review...as I try this ale.
Hmm, pours like a regular ale, not as fizzy as most Balgians. Very red and very clear...actually very pristine. Not much of a head.
Aroma is sweet with layers of spices...like a freshly baked gingerbread man, dipped in honey, cooling in an open window in front of a garden.
Now, the taste...
Wow, surprisingly robust. Very sweet and malty with hints of oaky resins. Not quite as crisp as I would have liked, and perhaps lacking in yeastiness.
All-in-all, a very nice beer. But, itís like a very good cover band...Iíd rather see the real thing, but if itís all thatís around, Iíll enjoy it.
Maybe Iíll get an extra bottle or two and store them in my cellar, see what happens in a year or two.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
so here i sit on a sunday morning at five am drinking this fine avery brew figured it would make up for not going to church.pours a bold golden color with a one finger head. taste is of brown sugah and candy sugah. get some dark fruit in there as well but mainly really sweet and really dry. is 5am to early for the rev.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was awesome! color/appearance aside, the aroma is complex mix of alcohol/malt/sugar/yeast, and the flavor/palate were truly a treat.
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a coppery orange. The sparse head is a bit off-white. Nose is sweet, with apricots, raisins, spice, and sugar. Smooth mouthfeel, with just a hint of carbonation. Flavor is much of the nose, with the sugar, bits of molasses and spice coming through.
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Mean looking dude on that bottle! Pours brilliant copper with med/low very light tan head. Some Belgian yeast character in the nose (brit). Sweet with some mild alcohol warming and bitterness in the taste. Fairly well balanced with unexpected low maltiness. A decent beer, but might benefit from some aging.
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong banana bread & ripe fruits on the nose. Rust in color with almost no head or lacing. The flavor is all banana bread and fruit. Mild carbonation gives I a slight bite, along with the clove and spice that works into the finish.
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dynamic aroma - switching between sweet and a crisp floral. Solid amber appearance with little carbonation and a quickly dissipating white head. Complex flavor that starts heavy on sweet malt and quietly moves to a combination of Ouzo (black licorice) and single malt whiskey. Full bodied, you will notice the 10% abv on the long, sticky finish of this brew.
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A mean looking beer on the label looks like a typical ale on the pour with its light brown appearnace and thin fading head. However, the smell, taste, and palate creep on you!