ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25cL bottle from BelgianShop, Best before 4/2/06. Pours a foamy head, 3 fingers and quite plentiful. Light beige-off-white in colore. Beer is a beautiful amber-auburn, clear and brilliant with light bubbles rising. The bottle claims refermentee en bouteille, but there is no sediment. Nonetheless, it certainly seems to be filtered and then bottle conditioned. Would have been nice to have been unfiltered, but oh well. Aroma smells of light floral, and farmy hay-like hops, dry and lightly herbal, with a huge dose of cookies and sweet dough. Lightly peppery, dry, musty, almost tangy-like yeastiness. Flavor shows plenty of the cookies, much like oatmeal raisin meets chocolate chip, with a touch of toasted grains, litght bread dough and a fair amount of flowery, soft hop flavor. Very light bitterness, a helping of peppery/spicy yeast and ending simple, sweet/sugary. Filtration is apparent, though not too much so, as the mouthfeel is still creamy (lightly) with a smattering of tight carbonated bubbles. Drinkable, no alcohol apparency and balanced, though tending quite sweet on the end, especially as it warms. My biggest complaint was a powdered sugar note, rather cheap and artificial that was prevalent on the finish throughout the entire experience. Still, it is well-malted and though you yearn for more hop balance, that is not what the ancient beer style calls for.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This beer is exceptional in every way. Excellent pour decent head, lots of lively carbonation. Sweet malt and spice nose. Taste is brilliant with a great sweet aftertaste.
TBone (15523) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 25cl (BB 01/2006)
Dark copper color, small brown head. Nose has burned caramel, hops and hints of yeast. Light to medium bodied. Barley, toffee, notes of roasted malts. Dry finish. Sweet tones. Suprisingly a bit similar to Jenlain Ambrée.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 (Bottle 25 cl) Rumour has it, that this beer is identic to "Saison de Silly" from the same brewery. Dark amber color with a hint of iron. But also plenty of (a bit too much) sweetness. According to the label, this beer has been maturing for several months in the cellar at the castle of Anthisnes. Doesn’t really fit with the fact that this is a label-beer. 310802
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 (Bottled, BBE 10/2006) Slightly hazy, dark amber/copper color with a smallish head. Fruity, perfumy, sweet aroma with toffee, raisins and ketchup hints. Sweetish, slightly cardboardy, herby and very fruity toffee flavor with a spicy, dryish finish. Medium-bodied, slightly thin, sugary but not very sweet palate with slightly lemonadey carbonation. Interesting, but not extremely pleasant, as it has some strange cardboardy sidetaste (or some spice maybe?). Not among the best brews from this great brewery, but still very drinkable.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unclear amber colored, light tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate, raisins and light spices. Very sweet chocolaty flavor with a roasted tone. So sweet and chocolaty it reminds me of a stout. Rather cloying, but a nice and tasty beer!
omhper (22619) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy copper colour. Roasty and sweet. Medium bodied with clean flavour and soft mouthfeel. malty and discretely flavourful with low hop rate.
Ernest (7121) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong, sweet, and very creamy. Complex presentation of flavors, with a hint of wood and nut. Another good beer I tried in France.
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10-1999, 3 ys old. 7.5% ABV.
Beautiful hazy amber color, creamy head. Malt nose, sugar, caramel, wallnuts. Pretty sweet, but the age gives some improved character; a lot of malt, caramel, some wood. The best feature is the harmony of the different tastes, accomplished with the aging.
A very good Abbey ale.