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 (1840) - 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.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells strong of yeast, and some sourness from the malts. Very dark red color, almost completely opaque. The flavor doesnt quite do it for me, the sourness from the malt is not my favorite. Otherwise, it is pretty sweet with hints of spice and fruit.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think that this is great from start to finish. Wonderful aroma, great color, amazing smooth taste. Each sip you take seems to get better then the first. This is one incredible beer!!!
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2003 This is a really great, smooth Belgian ale. The flavor isn't as complex as the Rouge, however.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy, spicy, slight alcohol aroma.Soft dry yeasty nutty toffee flavors followed by dark fruits.mild hop finish.A fine easy to find Trappist ale but a bit too refined compared to other examples.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy chocolate brown w/ lovely, lasting tan head. Very complex nose: bubble gun, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, & dark fruit evident. Full bodied. Flavour is also complex (though perhaps not as complex as the nose would suggest): fruity, malty (caramel, brown sugar), chocolate, light bubble gum, toffee, & vanilla.