Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good and beautiful trappist beer, but a little too bitter and sparkly for my taste. You can taste the alc in the afterburn, but the taste itself is great with malt, caramel and sweet herbes. Overall a good Belgian ale.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While its difficult to rate low one of the beers that introduced me to the true beer community, I have to say it does not hold up to other similar in style.
I used to enjoy this immensely years ago, but the last several I tasted were not near the quality experienced in the past. One bad one I can blame on poor handling by the liquor store, 3 in a row means I dont buy it again.
beersnob73 (14) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quite possibly one of the finest ales ever produced. No aftertaste, very smooth with a hint of sweetness on the tongue.
Lunkie (1460) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral aroma with dark brown colour and good head. Bitter flavour with fizzy smooth palate.
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
All we can really do is thank the monks that brew this one. Great, lasting head, wonderful, fruity aroma. Warm, slightly banana-like and alcoholic aftertaste. Enjoy.
MamaTux (1) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s a really good beer - my favorite! It’s a joy to taste the fruity beer that still taste like a beer should!
guzzler67 (1526) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive reddish brown appearance with a subdued aroma of yeast and a hint of vanilla. Soft carbonation with a malty, full-bodied mouthfeel and a slightly metallic finish.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I remember this to be a far better beer a few years ago. Although still a good beer this should be an excellent one. I was also dissapointed to note that they do not use proper cork in the larger bottles. Shame
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 (Prev. 5/04, 6-4-6-3-14) Dark red-brown colored, little light brown head. Rich sweet and spiced aroma with caramel, hops and yeast, some vinous note and toffee also here in complex aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with this added sugar note, still vinous tone dominates here with mild chocolate and caramel. Aftertaste has rather obvious alcohol with still vinous touch.
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great strong ale, but forgive me for not shamelessly fawning over it. It’s a treat to drink this once in a while but thank Baccus there are lighter beers. This is another beer that can have it’s young character changed slightly by cellaring for a year or more but it would never get to be that old in my cellar ;-)
Poured a dark slightly clouded amber with a smallish off white cap. Aromas of dates or figs or dried apricots. Started with a surprising big mouthful of sweet bready malts before the expected complex/layered banana-fig-hop undertones took over. As the beer sits on the palate the hop accent builds until the finish is surprisingly dry for a so called trappist ale.
A very delightful strong ale but this is the 3rd time I’ve tasted it and it has appeared slightly different each time. This may be a matter of ingredient linearity or it could be the brewers equivilent to a "vintage" where there is some batch to batch character differences. All in all, a wonderful drink but may be over rated by some.