thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a stable, off-white head. Spicy yeast and sweet caramel aroma.Flavours are sweet with chocolate,raisins, spicy yeastiness. Full body. It is a great beer, though I would not worship it.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasty, a bit on the bitter hops side. Direct to your tounge buds. But not overly amazing. A bit of apple... mahogany flavor, if mahogany was a flavor. It’s alright.
NewSkeptic (5) - New Hartford, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, cloudy with effervescent carbonating that produces a short lived light tan head of medium bubbles. No lace pattern is produced on the glass. While the head is present there is an intense aroma of yeast, roasted malts and a hint of earthy chocolate. A slight bread like aroma survives after the head is gone. The flavor is an light earthy sweetness, hints of malt and dark fruit with slight tongue tingle finishing with a hint of hop bitterness. Almost no aroma essence in the throat or nose. Very drinkable, pleasant, shy flavor profile.
larsga (7150) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 Smallish, offwhite head; block, not entirely opaque body. Thick, sweetish aroma with complex chocolate, licorice, and spice notes. Deep, sweet, spicy taste with lingering sweetjess with licorice notes. Complex and interesting. A world classic. (Should probably rerate this.)
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served properly in a Trappist Glass in Aikman’s, St Andrews, UK. Really nice appearance, dark body, perfectly proportioned head, lasted. Roasted hops in the aroma. Good drinker, little too sweet for my liking, probably to disguise the alcohol. Like a dark ale you’d expect from a great English brewer. Caramel and sweet malts. I tried to drink this slow, but it was still even too sweet. Good beer if you don’t mind sweeter beers.
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Even better than the rouge. Strong, sweet and good aroma. Not to be drinked fast, but to enjoy.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a darker ruddy brown with cream tan head. Smells slightly yeasty but with molasses and some honey. The taste is really sweet and easy to drink. It is not cloyingly sweet, but to the point it is quite enjoyable. Thicker mouthfeel and not so fizzy I was confused like I had been with the white. I kinda wish it had a little roasty note or some coffee to bring it closer to a stout because this tastes damn good and I want it to fit in my category of favorites. Very much enjoyed and will have the Blue again.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Once again, I fail to be blown away by a high rated Trappist. I’ve had this several times, and finally succumbed to the pressure of buying a bottle to rate it, even though I knew ahead of time I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. Sure its got decent raisin and molasses notes, but there’s an excessive amount of clove and an excessive amount of carbonation as well. I think its a great intro for people moving into craft beer, and I’m glad its widely available in that sense.
MoritzF (9187) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Murky and hazy mahogany coloured effervescent hue with yeast floaties and a mid-sized brown head. Sweet dark malts aroma with fruits (plums, blackcurrants) and yeasts. Moderately sweet toasted malty taste with light notes of caramel, raisins and dried plums, medium to full bodied, crispy mouthfeel. Warming alcoholic, slightly vinous and spicy finish. Complex and harmonic brew.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle. Poured a cloudy mahogany with a large beige head into my Chimay chalice. I smell pepper, yeast, raisins, graham cracker, and some sour notes. Taste was sour with some alcohol burn, and otherwise followed the aroma. Fairly watery and very carbonated. Kinda sorta reminds me of delirium nocturnum, but better.