hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy (as far as I could tell) dark chocolate amber with a good creamy head and plenty of lacing. Aroma was much more subtle than expected, with very little hint of the high alcohol content. Subtle sweet caramel malty notes. This extends through to the taste which starts sweet and malty and finishes with a slightly dry alcoholic bite. Mouth is quite creamy, I think the carbonation is about right. This is a very smooth, subtle strong dark which seems to improve with each sip.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown with a nice, thick rocky white head, not very long lasting though but still pretty good. Nutty and slight fruity nose. Yeasty, spicy flavour. Nice bitter palate. A trappist beer that doesn´t amaze you, but it will not disappoint you either. Medium bodied.
profane (40) - ITALY - APR 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malted taste, a little persistent alcoholic. Nice persistant foam. Cloudy aspect.
ddenomme (36) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was a little worried about disappointment given the rating going in -- but no worries. This is an amazing beer by any measure. The aroma is a bit subdued for an in-bottle fermentation, but the taste and mouthfeel are so rounded and silky that they’re hard to surpass. The 9% content is scarcely noticeable but necessary to add a bit of pleasant astringency to what would otherwise be a very heavy ale. Very floral notes to both the aroma and the flavour. All in all well worth the money.
osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An extremely well balanced beer. I’ve had the bleu a long time ago and tasting it again. I do like the banana and hint of clove. Nothing stands out too much. What I do like about this beer is that it’s complex flavor that leaves you guessing it’s ingredients. The alcohol is hidden well. I wouldn’t consider bringing a 6-pack of this too a football game but it would pair well with beer and chicken.
brkc (11) - USA - APR 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good strong ale but I feel that it is definitely overrated and over priced. There are many that I like as well or better for less money.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Another excellent trappist ale, though maybe not as complex as others, has excellent alround body and flavour aroma. A strong flavour of wheat off of this, which is refreshing, as well as the spicey lightly fruity taste.
One to try again defo.
Rating for a second time: Got a magnium and cellered for 3 months. OMG this takes things to a whole new level probabl;y the best beer iv ever ever tasted. 100% goodness alround. so fruity and juicey and refreshing and just amazing.
I regularly get chimay as its one of the best beers we can get is scotland, however while at the kulminator, i got a 1985 bottle, as that was the year i was born on. This again reinforces my high rating as this beer is just alround goodness, its always going to be a safe bet and u can drink about 10 of them which cant be said for other belgiun strong fellows.
RERATE: Had one last night as a finisher offer, 2007 bottle thats been settlign in my room for a good few months, served at perfect cellar temp. Bottle opens and as iv found with recent bottle gushes everywhere, thankfully glass at hand, however all of the sediment is now stirred up and pours an ugly brown with many floating particals. Aroma is fruity, inky character, sweet with alc present. Taste isnt very plesnt at all, fruity, yeasty, ink again, grainy, aghh not for the first time in 6 months iv decided this beer is no longer hot in any way, older aged vertions, yea unbeatable on thier day but this chap has offically lost it!
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2005
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not my cup of tea. A great dark beer but pitty I don’t like dark beers that much. I do like the aroma thoug, a bit fruity.
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The nose is quite unique, a fuit? no wait, spices? ah.. another sip, its sailing down my throat. Excellant.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. At first smell I noticed hints of clove, banana, and yeast. Beer is a dark ruby red/brown that is cloudy. Pours a thick head that diminishes into about a 1/4" head. Tastes pretty damn good. I started to wonder why people liked trappist ales until I had this one. Refreshing for a beer that is 9%. Hints of banana and clove finishing with a bit of malt. The alcohol is apparent after the tastes hit you. Overall this is an excellent beer.!