TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Poured from the botte at The Jolly Gardeners (Putney, London), a reddish brown with a creamy head. A fruity aroma with hints of strawberries and banana. A sweetish flavour with fruit coming through again (tangy pear). Initially smooth in the mouth with a nice natural carbonation and a tangy sour aftertaste.
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque deep brown. Aroma of malt, raisins and brown sugar but not strong. Great bubbly mouthfeel, well done, with a minerally flavour. ’Irony.’ Enjoyable, but not overwhelming.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a huge fan of this beer. Trappists to me, almost always seem to have the nose and finish which suggests cloves to me, which is a good way to turn me off to a beer.
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK. Under tough circumstances this could be the best of what’s available. But generally not a top choice for Belgians.
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy warm umber with a thin creamy head that lasted through the entire glass. Very pleasant light fruity aroma. Flavors of caramel, malt, and a bit peppery. Very smooth. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff!
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cL bottle. Deep copper pour with a short off-white head and lots of dark sediment suspended in there. Dark fruits prevalent in the aroma (plums and apricots primarily), along with some Belgian yeast and peppery spices. Flavor was definitely more impressive and intense... with the fruits deeper and more rich, the yeast imparting somewhat musty notes, and the spices were just well-balanced in there. Very smooth on the palate, with the wonderful flavors cascading across the palate. Sweet fruityness at the finish with some nice spices. Beautiful beer.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not really sure what to say about this beer. It was pretty smooth and malty with a decent spicy/peppery taste. I’m not sure that this is one I’d buy again, but I did enjoy it.
DerWeg (1579) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent softly spicy, malty dubbel with a hint of citric bitterness. A good Belgian anyone can enjoy.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy lighter chimay. Peppery fruits and a red zing slipping in my throat. all happy and good in bed. but give me the blue... the blue... what a beautiful bootle to make you happy every time you see it...but..a favorite beer but ... i know it’s all about the blue...
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Striking reddish brown pour supporting a wonderful pillowy and massive head with long retention and lines of velcro lacing. Slightly sour aroma of yeast, malt, cobwebs and sweet berries. Well balanced but strongly malty flavor surrounded by whirls of fruit, spice and vanilla all backed up with a modest hoppy bite. Creamy mouthfeel with some nice effervescence and a snappy but sweet finish. This is a world classic for a reason but it is still surprisingly accessable to many palates.