Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with an opaque dark reddish brown body topped by a huge lasting head with lots of lace. Slightly sweet and raisiny aroma with some spicy notes and a touch of yeastiness. Licorice notes are evident. Slightly sweet raisiny flavor with a touch of licorice and yeast. Remarkably smooth yet tingly on the tongue, full bodied and slightly warming.
Dredd (681) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer perfection. Doesn't get any better than this. Spicy, Malty and phenols, everything a trappist ale should be.
Holdwine (1065) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice strong ale. Alcohol is masked nicely with all sorts of spiciness. Pours dark mahogany red. Drinks easily for a strong ale. I love the smell of yeast in the morning, or night, or whenever you drink this great ale.
JorisPPattyn (7674) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown. Slight brown head. Roasted malts, fruity (dark ripe fruit as plums and pears), yeasty (meat gravy), sugar malts. Taste is bitter as from roasted malts. Heavy malty upbuild. Fine aromas from nose are more coarse here; yeast still there, fruit reduced to some pear & sweet banana. More bitter retronasal, liquorice, woody flavour. Full bodied, chewy. Alcohol remains hidden. Still a great beer. And yet, I'm missing something. I wonder how this ages, and find the magnificence I associate it with.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i wasnt digging on this as well as other belgians, was decent in flavor but did not show me anything i havent seen
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely, subtle beer. Dark red-brown, fine, light tan, lasting head. Comples nose w/ multigrain bread, hints of spice, citrus, dark fruit. taste is mild but interesting, nice balance between the malt and spice and alcohol presence.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great Belgian strong ale.Alcohol is very evident. The nose will smell many complex flavors going on in this bottle. A nice malty but smooth taste on the finish but by far one of the best belgian ales on the market. A great beer!
judge (8) - New Cumberland, USA - MAY 2, 2003 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a huge fan of this trappist. Don't care for the long finish. Very good intial flavor full of fruit.
crazyvin (1836) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I finally managed to get this beer. It had great colour and a deep fruity aroma. It's taste however seemed very bland. It certainly had a good malty presance, but its hoppy taste was light and the beer lacked that fruity taste i find common in the style. Maybe i got a bad bottle.
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very robust beer that should not be taken on an empty stomach as the 9% AC is something to be respected. The essence of coffee was portrayed by the roasting of the hops. Like the Chimay Rouge, this was a very enjoyable beer and I would recommend it to anyone.