Stuedmaster (315) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I can see what they were trying to do with this, but it just doesn’t cut it for a Belgian. Seems more like a weak British winter warmer with little hop character and no yeast distinction. Pours ruby red/brown with a decent foamy head that quickly disappears. Aroma is faint, caramel malts and brown sugar. It is surprisingly easy to drink for how boring it is, and I wouldn’t call it bad. Mainly tastes like bland malts and brown sugar, quite sweet, nothing from the yeast. Lacking character and distinction, this one rates as mediocre, although it doesn’t have any significant faults.
Cybercat (4270) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear mahogany with a decent, if not persistent, light tan head. Aroma starts with roast malt and adds hints of caramel and wheat. Toasty malt forms the heart of the taste and supports a caramel tone plus hints of wheat and fruit. Texture is about average, but it goes down nicely. Mount one, and you should abbey pleased.
theisti (3584) - Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle, part of the World Market winter 9 bottle mix pack, courtesy of my in-laws. The pour is clear brown ruby with a smallish off white head. The aroma is sweet cough drop sweet along with grain malt. The taste is a weird cloy sweetness, very much the cough syrup sweetness of the nose. Not much beyond that character. The palate is medium to light bodied with soft carbonation and the sweet cloy finish. Overall, weird beer not that pleasant.
mmmbeer (1341) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a transparent darkened maroon color when held to a light source, 2mm white head formed but rather quickly bubbled away from the intense carbonation. Aroma of bubble gum, yeast. Hits the mouth with a light-medium body, malt is extremely sweetened even for the style, a very unfamiliar taste in the middle (almost like a roasted plum- yea, weird), finish drops off with a slight warming effect. Very weak overall. Meh.
ads135 (3690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2015
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
One of the worst takes on an abbey ale I’ve had. Belgian yeast character, if its there at all, was masked by the candy sugar sweetness and a musty finish.
burg326 (4931) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a darker brown color with aromas of of roasted malt, candied yeast and some light breadiness. Flavors are the same as the aroma with some muskiness and some light cinnamon. Interesting but not one that I would seek out again.
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours deep copper with a 2 finger beige head. Aroma shows light brown sugar, mustiness and a but of copper. You never get that characteristic Belgian yeast, but some candi sugar is there. Finish is sloppy with a semi sweet fade bungling along into off metallic flavors.
edgallow (3075) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, yeast, caramel and some fruit. Taste is toffee, malts and grain.
scottw86 (1151) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a nice amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma has fruity yeast notes with some caramel. Taste is sweet and fruity with berries and other fruits. Interesting finish with more sweetness. Not a whole lot going on, but it isn’t bad. Would drink again.
Aggiebob (445) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A caramel malty taste that is slightly sweet. A bit thin but overall a very good ale.