aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
But a shadow of its former self. After the recipe was changed in 2001 to use wheat starch and hop extract this beer has lost the wonderful complexity it has been known for.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, dark red body with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is dark fruits (plums and the like), malts, and alcohol. Flavors include fruit, bread, and syrup. The taste doesn’t exhibit the same alcohol characteristics as the aroma, although it is very warm and round.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5311) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Sampled from a rather attractive 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a murky dark brown color that turns to red when held to the light. There is a large light tan head. The aroma is sour, tart and fruity with notes of cherry, berry and caramel. The flavor is strongly sweet and sugary with sour malts, ripe black cherries, berries, notable caramel and faint hints of must and nutmeg. The finish was long, fruity and tart. Fairly thick body. Excellent.
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours red with thin khaki head, lots of carbonation. aroma is sweet dark fruit. flavor is the same, warm, very carbonated, dry.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the usual belgium red, hazt fairly active carbonation. Head is initially ver full, but diminishes very rapidlt, much like soda. Flavor is very dry, woody. Bananas, cloves, and apple core, as well as slight bubblegum are here, as is grass and tobacco. Ending is bitter and dry. Palate is slightly thin for the style.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:plums and grape...
Appearance:hazy brown,small head...
Flavor:alcohol,wood and grape pie...
FakeTHulce (1) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. The cream of the crop. Still waiting out on a better one. Its waht all beers are comapred against for me right now. The price is the one thing that gets me on it. I end up usually buing the red instead.
SSSteve (3915) - - FEB 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow! hazy brown with tons of chunks floating in it. smells of dark fruit. taste is amazing for the high alcohol content. good sharp carbonation. flavor of grapes, pears, plums, malt. may have a hint of ginger or some other undetectable spice.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
two finger white head atop a hazy brown. tastes of pears, grapes and hops. this is very carbonated a bit of lacing here and there. this is a very good beer and would reccommend this to anyone who can afford it.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#100! Bottle. poured a grayish-brown haze, off white foamy head. An interesting aroma of a wet street in the rain as well as grapes. Nice complex taste of pears, white grapes, bready malt, yeast...a champagne yeast maybe? very effervescent...hops give a very clean dry finish, fruity. It’s nice how different the European hop character is than the big bold American variety...much more dry and fruity vs. oily and piney. I LOVED this beer! Wonderful, the monks know what they are doing.