CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Peckham’s. Dark brown with rocky beige head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, raisin, yeast, spice, alcohol. Firm mouthefeel, alcohol well masked. A good beer, but it just doesn’t have the magic it once did, (for me anyway).
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Plum and mild alcohol nose, dark almost black with a large head that dissolved into a nice thin layer on top. Malty and sweet with a taste of plums with a kind of grape like bitterness that I will compare to some of the red wines I have tasted. Certianly enjoyable. Though I’m not sure I would make this a regular item in my fridge.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 75 CL bottle. Pours cola brown with a thin tan head. Mild aroma of raisin / plum. Flavor is similar. Palate has a nice creamy bubbly feel. One wants to swish it around the toungue for the taste buds to have a full swim. A nice drink. (Updating my rating) Dropping this down to sub-4. Thinking about it, I’ve enjoyed beers more than this one. Especially considering the price (most expensive beer next to Deus at my local store).
Marko (4417) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33l bottle / Chimay tulip glass at Tolkien’s House, Zagreb.
Finally found it..... Poured a very small ochre thick head, and a completely misty dark brown colour, impressive, but not a 5 in my opinion. The nose was nice, raisins, plums, alcohol. Very complex taste. Nice plummy fruitiness giving way to a fine underlying lemony sourness forming in the middle a taste reminiscent of forest fruits, like forest strawberry. I’d probably say it tasted like port with a sourish background, but I’ve never tasted port so I wouldn’t know (duh), and the best I can explain it as prosecco-but-not-as-sweet-with-a-sour-background. So there you go. Ah, right, aftertaste. Not much hops present, but they aren’t really needed here. Malty aftertaste that feels at times slightly odd, similar to what you get when sucking a peach seed (faint though).
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 Bottle Date: May 2004. Too young? Hell if I know. Perfect head, perfect look. Brown sugar color. My lack of creative brains and taste forces me to use the same adjectives as I do with all Trappists….moldy cheese taste, slight oak, slight wine. Its very delicious on the front side. On the back side is where the rookie age may of hurt this one a bit. Little thin on the swallow. Perfect carbonation. I like its lower alcohol cousins a bit better.
mmanthe (12) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another nearly perfect belgian. i drank this everyday when i lived in belgium.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 30/09/2005. 330ml bottle at Hummingbird.
Dark brown offering with an off-white, creamy, head. Strong lacing. Aroma is an absolute stunner - sweetness hints at port, on the very first sniff, but then turns out to be more like a rich, whisky-drenched, fruit cake. Yeasty, fruity, caramelised, alcohol-laden. Flavour is mostly sweet with more dryness, than real bitterness. The medium-mouthfeel and soft carbonation is very smooth. A classy beer for either contemplative reflection or jubilation.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 750ml bottle
Pours an opaque nut brown with a thin creamy tan head. Sheets of lace. Smells of caramel, molasses. Fruity plum aromas. Earthy, bready, grainy.
Tastes has lots of oakiness. Hints of vanilla. Molasses. Rich malt. Bready. Bitter finish. Rich in the mouth. A decent sipper but somehow it doesn’t all come together. Aroma is magnificent but taste can’t live up to it. I have to say I like the White and the Red better.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first trappist ale, it has excellent aroma and flavor. I was a bit surprise by the yeast particles floating in the beer but not disturbed in the least. Nice strong flavor reminiscent of german beer.
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: If all Belgian Strong Ale’s tasted like this one, I would probably like them more. This is beautifully dark brown (almost black) with an off-white (almost Guiness color like) head. It shows off sweet, yeasty aromas and has rich flavors of organic root beer, peat moss and alcohol. It seemed to have extra carbonation accompanied by a full and creamy feel. Scrumcilicious!