1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The cork is labeled 07/04. Pours to a deep red brown color with a medium fizzy beige head. The head all but disapates but doesn’t because of a constant and rapid stream of bubbles. The lacing is so-so. The aroma is huge. Yeasty, roses, flowers, buttered dark fruits, cloves. The flavor is quite nice. Dark fruits, minerals, pepper, spices, cloves. The palate is too carbonated. Very burning on the tongue. Medium bodied. Not the best BSA I’ve had, but still quite good.
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pleasant leathery brown color, little head. Foamy palate. Tastes a bit stale and metallic. Yeasty aftertaste.
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Sam and I tried this one blind amongst other strong Belgian ales. Could drink just the one. Aroma of cherries that leads into the taste as well. There’s also pepper - odd. Spice makes it feel stronger. Sam: "Dark like my soul"
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sorta smells like a spiced baking ham. Kinda an amalgamation of sweet brown sugar and cloves. Looks beautiful. If this beer was a woman Donald Trump would want to have a 4 million dollar wedding with it. Dark brown with a huge frothy mocha head that fades too soon. Tastes like bread pudding soaked in spiced rum with a little brown sugar and dried fruits thrown in. Very lip smacking malt base. Improves vastly as it warms. I really need to get a fridge that stays at 55 F.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. from a sixer of trappist beer. Not among the best in the pack, but very good overall in its own right, Minimal head, nice dark body. Taste is of yeast and spice with a bit of oak barrel hint. Excellent atertaste with a tint of alcohol
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark mahogony color w/ a tall frothy well laced off white head and some carb bubbles flowing up the glass. Smells of butter, yeast wheat and some dark fruits as well as a light malt. Palate is highly carbonated ok body decent coating mildly creamy. Taste is belgian yeast sweet malts dark fruits & carmalized sugar a touch bitter and hints of alcohol. Overall it’s not the best stuff i’ve had but it’s well above avg.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this one during my visit to Oklahoma. Aromas of dark fruits and what I call "buttery brown sugar" with some caramel. Dark amber in color with a nice off-white head. More of the darker fruits and a some of roasted caramel. Sweet, with some warming bitterness in the finish. The flavor didn’t live up to the aroma in my opinion. Creamy, full mouthfeel.
sethbc (14) - USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an excellent example of a trappist ale that’s available almost uniformly throughout the united states. Definitely a strong beer, the flavor is excellent though.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nutty, yeast strong Ale. As stated by others very easy to find for a trappist.
Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
75oml. A great Belgian strong ale. it’s amazingly easy to find, and considering it’s a trappist product, that’s very impressive. Pours a dark amber with a moderate tan head that dimishes somewhat quickly. Smells malty, flowery yeasts, and effervescent, with nuts, yeast, and a bit of dark fruit/plum sourness. Taste is similar, sweet, a bit bitter in the finish. the mouthfeel if pretty good, though not terribly active or creamy when swished around. Minimal lacing with a moderate release of gasses. cheers!